A total of 295 newspaper titles were published in Bulgaria in 2014, with a collective circulation of 315 712, both figures three per cent lower than in 2013, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).
Bulgaria had 55 daily newspapers in 2014, accounting for 18.6 per cent of newspapers in the country, with a collective circulation of 173 257, the institute said on June 19 2015.
There were 127 weekly newspapers, accounting for 43.1 per cent of the total number of newspapers. The rest were published on a less than weekly basis.
The largest number of newspapers were published in Sofia, 160, or 54.2 per cent of the national total, the NSI said.
The NSI’s figures showed an overall decline in the number of newspapers published and in collective circulation since 2008.
Ninety-eight per cent of newspapers were in Bulgarian, with just six in other languages – three in Turkish, one in English, one in German and one in Russian, the institute said.
In 2014, 528 magazines were published in Bulgaria, as well as 107 other periodicals. The number of magazines was 3.7 per cent lower than in 2013 and the number of periodicals 5.3 per cent lower.
Magazine circulation fell by 8.5 per cent year-on-year in 2014 and that of other periodicals by 4.6 per cent.
Regarding the book market, the NSI said that in 2014, a total of 6443 books were published in Bulgaria.
Of these, 6000 were new titles and the rest reprints. A total of 2607 were fiction for adults, the institute said.
There were 1789 publications translated from other languages in 2014, of which 56.4 per cent were translated from English, eight per cent from German, 6.8 per cent from Russian and 5.1 per cent from French.