Icelandic Christmas book flood
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, 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 and 760 in 2008. 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.
- Elliott Brandsma, "Too Many Books: Do Icelandic Publishers Need To Chill Out?", Reykjavik Grapevine, May 5, 2015 (retrieved 23 Oct 2015)
- Christian Praetorius (2007-11-21). "Weihnachten naht". Island-Blog (in German). Retrieved 2007-11-29.
- Alda Sigmundsdóttir (2008-12-28). "MY ICELAND: the Christmas books". The Iceland Weather Report. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- JORDAN, TEICHER (2012-12-25). "Literary Iceland Revels In Its Annual 'Christmas Book Flood'". NPR. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
- (in Icelandic) Bókatíðindi
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