Joint Statement - Books Drive Europe's Knowledge Economy

26 May 2023

Printed books must be included for a balanced information diet – both in our children’s schools and in our own lifelong learning efforts.

Books have enduring value as transmitters of knowledge, entertainment, and equality of access to information. Printed books offer the possibility to disconnect in today’s digital society. The book value chain also plays an important role in the economy, and physical bookshops and libraries remain important centres of culture.

Books are a fundamental resource that should be cherished, protected, and promoted. To celebrate the role that printed books play in our society, Cepi, Intergraf, and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) have penned a joint statement: Books as a driver of Europe’s knowledge economy (view here). It presents the many benefits that books deliver.