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Libra Books, Hungary

Péter Szabó, Marketing and Sales Manager of Libra Books, tells us about the book trade in Hungary.

Where is Libra Books? It is located in the 8th district of Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. It is in the city centre, although in a small side street.

How large is the shop? We have got one bookshop at No.2 Kolcsey Street and another on the other side of the street, at No.1 Kolcsey Street. The total size of the two bookshops is over 600 square metres.

 How many people work there? Twenty staff in all, including finance people.

What kinds of books do you sell?Only new books, in all possible foreign languages.

Where do your customers come from? Currently 90 per cent are local customers.

How would you describe the current state of the book trade in your country? The book trade, as all other businesses in Hungary, is facing a lot of difficulties. The primary reason is economic recession. The other reason is uncertainty: the economic and political climate in Hungary is unstable and unpredictable. Regulations and legislation is changing day by day, which makes it rather difficult to plan ahead.

What do you most enjoy about being a bookseller? Responding to customer needs, both individual needs and institutional requirements.

Do you organise events in your shop, such as book signings? We organise lots of events for language teachers and language learners.

Do you sell books online? Yes, our online business is constantly growing.

Do you sell e-books and e-readers? No, especially because of low demand.

Do you use social media for your business? We use Facebook but not Twitter.

Do you use a freight consolidator to get your books from the UK? Yes, we use World Wide Book Services.

What are you reading at the moment? Er Ist Wieder Da by Timur Vermes. [A best-selling German satire about Adolf Hitler.]

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How long have you been using Batch Payments? Since 2004

In what way does Batch help your business? Simplicity and transparency: we can manage all invoices at one place.

Libra Books Kft
1085 Budapest
Kolcsey u 2
Tel: 0036 1 483 0659