How to get into the Czech Republic’s ‘top ten’ indie titles
The Czech Republic has long been one of the country’s most vibrant indie scene, with titles such as Proust’s The Magic Mountain, Zálđj Krumnik’s The Land of Stories and Daniele Riva’s Unfettered coming to a wide audience.
But the country is in danger of losing the indie game, as the country has lost its top ten.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Czech language, which is one of those areas where a language is more valuable than the rest of the world.
The Czech Republic is home to over 400 languages, with more than half of them spoken by less than a million people.
The country has a strong indie scene and the Czechs’ literary exports are among the most successful in the world, but the country could lose out on top ten titles as more languages are phased out.
But if the country wants to stay relevant in the digital age, it needs to make the most of its existing top ten list, writes Daniel Bracewell, a senior fellow at the Australian Centre for Digital Culture.
He explains:If we can’t be as inclusive as we can be in the top ten, there will be less books coming to us, and there won’t be that same level of quality in the rest.
It’s not that Czechs don’t love reading.
There’s always been a strong literary tradition in the country, but that tradition is being eroded by digital.
There are some great books out there, but it’s not a lot.
The top ten is still important, says Mr BracEWell, but what’s even more important is that it’s a top ten where the books are being read.
He says:It’s important for us to keep our top ten in mind, and it’s important to remember that the number one goal of publishing is to get the best book to the public as quickly as possible.
But that’s going to change, as more and more languages have to be phased out, writes Mr BraccEWell.