A Close Look at Finnish Publishing with Outi Karemaa (S3 E4)

A Close Look at Finnish Publishing with Outi Karemaa (S3 E4)

By Marleen Seegers, Co-Founder of 2 Seas Agency and Host of The Make Books Travel Podcast

February 15, 2022
Finnish publishing

Outi Karemaa

Today I am speaking with Finnish publisher Outi Karemaa. I personally find the Nordic publishing market fascinating, not least because it is relatively difficult to sell into those markets. I like challenges!

Outi and I speak about those challenges, the state of the Finnish publishing market, and also about the rising popularity, and therefore competition, of English-language books on the Finnish market — which we’re seeing in other Nordic countries and the Netherlands as well.

Here are some of the questions I asked Outi:

  • What are the most important bookstore chains in Finland?
  • Are there many independent booksellers?
  • How much of the sales take place online, and is Amazon a key player?
  • Have book sales increased since the beginning of the pandemic, as we’ve seen elsewhere?
  • Are certain formats (e.g. audiobooks) seeing a particularly strong growth?
  • How about specific genres that may or may not do well at the moment?
  • How have the audiobook and ebook markets developed for Minerva in recent years?
  • What is your take on the difficulty for foreign rights sellers to penetrate the Nordic market for non-Nordic titles?
Show Notes

Outi’s book recommendations:

About Outi:

Literary Agency

Outi Karemaa (born 1969) is an experienced Chief Executive with a long history of working in the publishing business. She is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused on history from the University of Helsinki.

Outi started her career in the publishing business 1998 and worked at Edita Publishing as a Publishing Manager and then as a Publishing Director. In 2010 she started as a CEO of Metsäkustannus, which is a publisher of magazines and books.

In 2019 Outi started as a CEO at book publisher Minerva. After the biggest book publisher of Finland WSOY (Werner Söderström Ltd.) bought Minerva a year ago, her title has been a Publisher. Minerva is nowadays an imprint of WSOY, so Minerva still has its own publishing list. Minerva’s main areas are fiction, general non-fiction, as well as gift and hobby books and books for children. Outi lives in Helsinki with her family and a very social cat.


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