Shifting Book Capitals


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  • Title: Shifting Book Capitals: A Case Study of Slovenia
  • Author(s): Andrej Blatnik
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Information, Medium & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Book
  • Keywords: Cultural Capital, Symbolic Capital, Book Market, Reading
  • Volume: 11
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2014
  • ISSN: 1447-9516 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1447-9567 (Online)
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Blatnik, Andrej. 2014. "Shifting Book Capitals: A Case Study of Slovenia." The International Journal of the Book 11 (4): 37-42. doi:10.18848/1447-9516/CGP/v11i04/57861.
  • Extent: 6 pages


John B. Thompson's idea of various capitals engaged in the publishing field is the starting point for the observation of book consumption as a process where the investment of economic capital in a bought book results in a potential growth of intellectual and symbolic capitals gained by reading. The article is exploring the approach to these book capitals in the Central European state of Slovenia, especially in connection with some specifics of the Slovenian book field such as an influential and widespread system of public libraries and an accordingly low number of books being sold in the bookstores.