The aim of the thesis is to contrast the system of a religious book/literature with the whole publishing market in order to show its independence and speci cs. The author observed the distinctiveness through the analysis of the repertoire, information gathered from the publishers, bibliographical studies as well as active participation in Catholic Publishers Fairs and critical approach to incomplete economic data. A catalog of catholic
publishers has been created based on the collected information. This database is an appendix to the thesis.
The description of the catholic book was not an easy task as the situation of the literature of confession has been undergoing steady changes since 1989. A book as a medium of broad social in uence functions in a close relationship with institutions responsible for its distribution and availability and via those institutions with the reader as well. The relations which appear between a book and the elements mentioned refer to catholic publications, too. We can enlist a couple of elements which allow us to separate the subsystem of catholic publications which is an integral part of contemporary book system. Certain elements belong to it, for example: a group of publishers of distinctly de ned pro le, separate institutions promoting catholic publications, the
audience, which assigns the catholic book a characteristic function and discloses the speci cs of the book reception and nally the institutions, actions and endeavours promoting catholic publications. The analysis of the respective elements forms the basic volume of the thesis.