Colibri Publishers - History, Achievements, Reputation

Founded at the dawn of democracy in Bulgaria, Colibri Publishers has gained position as one of the most prominent Bulgarian publishing companies over the years. Nowadays, it is a highly respected representative of many foreign publishers, well-known beyond the borders of our country. Excellent reputation of Colibri is the result of long-lived, purposeful work and flawless professionalism.

Excellent Quality of Translations, Stylish Design, Original Covers

The uncompromising quality of the texts and translations released by Colibri and the exquisitely fine book get-ups captivate the readers’ interest in Bulgaria and abroad. According to book-sellers' data Colibri Publishers is invariably among the first in book-marketing results which means that “Colibri” is a very prestigious brand. Colibri is the Bulgarian leader in publishing of learning aids and dictionaries as well.

Rich Portfolio

Extensive Catalogue with The Most Notable Names in Literature

Every year the company releases about 120 new titles and dozens of reissues. The catalogue of Colibri Publishers includes more than 2000 titles among which the most notable names in world modern literature. Thanks to Colibri Bulgarian readers have the chance of getting familiar with lots of the most renowned writers as well as with less popular authors from different countries and continents - representatives of various genres, epochs, ideas and authors that we need to know in order to be in tune with the world literary trends.

Impressive Publishing Portfolio

Colibri has got a rich portfolio – a collection of authors that every publishing house of world prestige would take pride in. It includes such names as Vladimir Nabokov, Milan Kundera, Isabel Allende, Jorge Amado, Frédéric Beigbeder, Simone de Beauvoir, Bernard Werber, Kurt Vonnegut, Graham Greene, Francoise Dolto, Marghuerite Duras, Laura Esquivel, Italo Calvino, Truman Capote, Harlan Coben, Douglas Kennedy, Dean Koontz, Stieg Larsson, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Luis Borges, Ian McEwan, Eduardo Mendoza, Haruki Murakami, Amélie Nothomb, Paul Auster, Milorad Pavić, James Patterson, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, John Steinbeck, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf, Helen Fielding, J.K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith, Thomas Harris, Siri Hustvedt, Jonathan Franzen and many others.


E-Books Pioneers

Our digital books have no competition in terms of quality and diversity. They are compatible with all existing formats, and their main advantage finds expression in the fast and cheap access to content. At this stage "Colibri Publishers" offers more than 700 e-books of all genres. At your disposal are samples of modern fiction, modern classics, fantasy and science fiction, a wide range of humorous readings and selected titles in the field of psychology. "Colibri" is the first Bulgarian publishing house, which started distribution and delivery of books and e-books through Amazon and Apple for our compatriots all over the world.

"I always wanted to be a bird.
Thanks to Colibri, I became one!"
"Colibri, this is a love story...
Love for books, love of readers, love for ideas, dreams, beautiful strories..."

Reputable Book Series

Among the most prestigious and popular collections of Colibri Publishers are Contemporary European Fiction, Modern Classics and “Amarcord”. Thanks to Colibri Publishers Bulgarian readers got acquainted with a generous array of works emblematic of individual national literatures. All ot these titles have already won the recognition of critics in Europe and worldwide. Modern Classics series consists of books that our parents have read and that we should read too. These books embody the excellence of literature of the past century and they have their special place in the literary hierarchy.

The relatively new Colibri series “Amarcord” follows the title of the great Fellini film. Charles Chaplin, Franco Zeffirelli, Georgi Daneliya, Michelangelo Antonioni, Woody Allen, Wim Wenders, David Lynch, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Steven Spielberg, Andrei Konchalovsky, Volker Schlöndorff, Federico Fellini, Luis Buñuel, Emir Kusturica and Fatih Akin are among the famous directors-charmers capable to tell stories both through images and words. All are superbly presented through our “Amarcord” series.

World Classics series comprises iconic authors such as George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and the great Elizabethan poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe. Our superior selection of titles for children helps the rising generation to keep and develop their sense for the native language. We issue books for children and teenagers, in cooperation with leading European publishing houses. Colibri publishes the popular “Dora the Explorer” and “Maya the Bee” series in Bulgarian.

Our collections of Humour, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Parenting, Popular and Theoretical Psychology bring positive response and excitement as we present world luminaries in this fields. We publish the most outstanding contemporary thrillers and criminal books as well.


Awards – Professional Recognition and Incentive for New Accomplishments

Not surprisingly, Colibri is the only Bulgarian publishing house, which had received the Special Prize "Bronze Lion" three times. The authoritative “Contemporary European Fiction” series had won several nominations for “Hristo G. Danov” national award and deservedly got it in 2013. Our writers and translators have high qualifications and extensive experience; they are winners of prestigious national and international awards. On 6th of November 2014 Colibri won the title BG Site of the year in “Culture and Art” category. BG Site competition is one of the most important competitions for web projects in Bulgaria and this year was its 15th edition.

"I haven't been in Bulgaria but i've heard it's a beautiful country. Maybe you haven't been in Japan neither.
But isn't it amazing that we can get to know each other through reading, through books, like a bridge between us."
"I would like to thank you for reading my books with an open heart and to thank Colibri,
my wonderful publishers in Bulgaria for taking such good care of my books."
"I have published eleven books, they have been translated into eight languages.
But I have never met such professionals as Colibri Publishers. Please accept my most sincere congratulations!"
Distribution and Delivery

Distribution and Delivery of Books Abroad

Colibri is the first Bulgarian publisher that began distribution and delivery of books through Amazon for our compatriots in Canada and the United States. Now the Bulgarian community in Europe and overseas is well informed about all the titles in our catalogue which are published in Bulgarian language. Our goal is to make native culture accessible to all Bulgarians living outside the country. We believe it is important for them to enjoy the masterpieces of world literature translated in their mother language.

Authors and Readers

Memorable Encounters with Readers

Colibri Publishers attends international book fairs and other events in Bulgaria and abroad. We mastermind local presentations of books and meetings with Bulgarian and foreign writers. At the invitation of Colibri Publishers the Bulgarian audience had met Krzysztof Zanussi, Nancy Huston, Jean-Claude Carrière, Jorge Volpi, Andrei Konchalovsky, David Lynch, Andreï Makine, Bernard Werber, Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Wim Wenders, Marie Darrieussecq, Wladimir Kaminer, Laurent Gounelle, Rosa Montero, Frédéric Beigbeder, Katherine Pancol, Goce Smilevski, Volker Schlöndorff, Laura Esquivel, Paolo Giordano, Koen Peeters, Antonia Kerr, Myriam Szejer, Jose Carlos Somoza, Quim Monzó, Kim Thúy, Vicente Botín, Mario Vargas Llosa, Sylvie Vartan, Herman Koch, Vladislava Vojnovic, Alyson Schafer, Katarina Mazetti, Johan Theorin, Frédéric Saldmann, Laurence Plazenet, Lidija Dimkovska, David Foenkinos, Lucia Giovannini, Guillermo Martínez, Ivan Mikloš, Margaret Mazzantini, Sergio Castellitto, Douglas Kennedy, Clara Sánchez, Erez Aharoni, Piotr Paziński, Christfried Tögel, Jens Christian Grøndahl, Claire Tomalin, Marie-France Hirigoyen, Joël Dicker, Arnon Grunberg, Catherine Bernstein, Jiří Menzel, Luis Bassat, Meir Shalev, Alfonso Aguiló, Esmahan Aykol, Vicenç Villatoro, Selja Ahava, Tanja Stupar-Trifunović, Nedim Gürsel, Stephen Grosz, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Sally Green, Ted Kotcheff, Elizabeth Kostova, David Grossman, Miloš Urban, Gaëlle Josse, Cédric Villani, Haris Vlavianos, Vincent Vinel, Xavier Bosch, Ian McEwan, Halldóra K. Thoroddsen, David Lagercrantz, Dejan Tiago Stanković, Jamal Ouariachi, Dubravka Ugrešić, A. B. Yehoshua, Yannis Palavos, prof. Bernard Aucouturier, Andrea di Robilant, Dror Mishani, Eshkol Nevo, Tatiana Tibuleac, Martí Gironell, Eric Naulleau, Hervé Le Tellier, Marion Esser, Claudiu M. Florian, Amanda Sthers, Olivier Bourdeaut, Paolo Genovese, Laura Vinogradova, Jean-Christophe Rufin, Frederico Pedreira, Jacopo De Michelis, Danijel Gatarić, Mike Downey, Annette Bjergfeldt, Dacia Maraini.

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