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The sphere of cultural production and reception, including books, was among the areas most deeply scarred by the past, and these 'scars' were not just obstacles to establishing some kind of new 'post-revolutionary' ideal institutional system, but were actually constitutive elements of post-1989 development. Although in the first years after 1989, the developmental steps that occurred-some of which failed while others succeeded-in the actual sphere of book production and reception remained incomplete, the specific dynamics of this very 'transitional' period can be roughly divided into three distinct stages. The two key processes that took place during these three stages were the privatisation of the state-owned houses and the book sales and distribution systems and the rapid growth of new private and independent publishers. The amount of foreign investment in Czech newspapers is one of the key features that distinguish the transformation of the print media from that of book publishing.

Keywords: book production; Czech newspapers; post-revolutionary ideal institutional system; print media



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