Net revenue at Orell Füssli Publishing in 2018 was 9% lower than the previous year’s figure. While total sales of legal media and educational media remained stable, there was a steep decline in the non-fiction and children’s book segments. In non-fiction, lower sales figures had been expected as a result of focusing the programme on fewer titles. In children’s books the “atlantis” and “OF Children’s Book” segments delivered satisfactory figures. Unfortunately, Globi Publishing posted lower sales for the first time after years of steady growth.
Important new publications in the non-fiction segment were “Erbsünde”, a Vatican exposé by Gianluigi Nuzzi, and “Eure Gesetze interessieren uns nicht” by Shams Ul-Haq, a reportage on Muslim radicalisation. Among the numerous new children’s book titles, the sales figures of “Globi und die Demokratie” and “Papa Moll zieht um” in autumn were outstanding, as well as “Richtig giftig” by Lorenz Pauli and Claudia de Weck. The programme range in educational media was expanded especially in the subject field of mathematics, by the follow-up volumes on “Algebra” and by the new “Stochastik” teaching aid. Legal media supplemented and updated their “Repetitorien”, “Übungsbücher” and “Kommentare” series, and the house website “navigator.ch” was also rewritten.