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Jólabókaflóðið (Icelandic for "The book flood of Christmas") is the annual flood of new books in Iceland occurring in the months before Christmas every year.[1] Its name refers to the fact that new books are generally published only during the Christmas season in Iceland.

Newly published books are listed in a yearly compilation called bókatíðindi ("book news") 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]


  1. ^ Elliott Brandsma, "Too Many Books: Do Icelandic Publishers Need To Chill Out?", Reykjavik Grapevine, May 5, 2015 (retrieved 23 Oct 2015).
  2. ^ Christian Praetorius (2007-11-21). "Weihnachten naht". Island-Blog (in German). Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  3. ^ Alda Sigmundsdóttir (2008-12-28). "MY ICELAND: the Christmas books". The Iceland Weather Report. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 

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