Net revenue at Orell Füssli Publishing in 2017 was 3% higher than the previous year’s figure. The segments of children’s books, legal media and educational media were at the previous year’s level overall. There was considerable growth in the non-fiction segment, driven primarily by various special productions for the Swiss market. Export sales were stable, and the recent strengthening of the euro exchange rate reduced the currency-related margin risk.
Important non-fiction publications included “Du kannst alles, wenn Du es nur willst” by Jean-Claude Biver, “Der Zerfall” by William Drozdiak and “Türkei, die unfertige Nation” by Inga Rogg. The great majority of new titles were in the children’s books segment, where for example “Globi und die verrückte Maschine” and “Papa Moll und der fliegende Hund” were successful. This last title was also the basis for a movie launched in December. “Rigo und Rosa” by Lorenz Pauli and Kathrin Schärer was awarded the Swiss Children’s and Youth Book Prize. Educational media consolidated their position in the field of mathematics with the new publication entitled “Geometrie 1”, which was offered in a printed edition including an e-book. The publishing house also succeeded in increasing sales of digitally presented content in the legal media segment.