Icelandic Christmas book flood

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The Christmas book flood (Icelandic: Jólabókaflóðið) is a term used in Iceland for the annual release of new books occurring in the months before Christmas,[1] as it is common to publish new titles in the weeks before Christmas.

Newly published books are listed in a yearly compilation that is distributed to all households for free; the total number of new books published was about 800 in 2007[2] and 760 in 2008.[3] A further ramification of the custom stems from both Iceland's centuries-long literary tradition, and strict WWII currency restrictions which limited the amount of imported giftware. Given that restrictions on imported paper were more lenient than on other products, books became a massively popular Christmas gift, and indeed the default gift, and thus the custom was established for the settling in and of the reading of said books.[4]

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  1. ^ Brandsma, Elliott (May 5, 2015). "Too Many Books: Do Icelandic Publishers Need To Chill Out?". Reykjavik Grapevine. Retrieved 23 Oct 2015.
  2. ^ Praetorius, Christian (November 21, 2007). "Weihnachten naht". Island-Blog (in German). Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  3. ^ Sigmundsdóttir, Alda (December 28, 2008). "MY ICELAND: the Christmas books". The Iceland Weather Report. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  4. ^ Teicher, Jordan G. (December 25, 2012). "Literary Iceland Revels In Its Annual 'Christmas Book Flood'". NPR. Retrieved 2017-12-15.

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