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A CHANCE TO EXPLORE ITALIAN PUBLISHING AT THE 2016 LONDON BOOK FAIR
Fiction, short stories, art books, history books and children's books: the best of Italian publishing, a window onto the nation's culture, will shortly be on show in London. The occasion is the London Book Fair to be held at the Olympia exhibition centre from April 12th to 14th.
This is Britain’s largest exhibition for the publishing industry, and the most important international event for exchange of copyright, after the Frankfurt Book Fair. The 2015 edition of the fair saw the participation of about 1,620 exhibitors from 60 countries and around 12,800 visitors; while this year they are expecting 25,000 visitors from 124 countries.
Italy has participated in the event every year since 2005. On this occasion, it will be represented by a very select group organised by ICE (the Italian Trade Promotion Agency) in collaboration with AIE - the Italian Publishers Association. The collective will showcase the best of Italian publishing, with chances to make new contacts, conclude sales, and set up collaborative arrangements in a series of B2B meetings and networking events.
It offers an important opportunity for international partners and investors, who constitute a special audience for Italian publishing, as the figures have shown. According to the recent Report on the State of Publishing in Italy 2015, issued by the AIE research office and covering the first 8 months of last year, there are significant positive signs for the industry, despite the difficult climate. These include the fact that Italian publishing is continuing to play an important and positive role in the international context: the sale of foreign rights for Italian authors increased by 6.8% in terms of the number of titles, and exports of Italian books recorded a turnover of 40 million Euros (+2.6%). Another growth sector is children's book publishing, both in terms of the number of titles produced and of its market share. The e-book market is also growing, both in relation to turnover and to the number of titles produced.
The British market also remains one of the most exciting and dynamic in terms of new titles and new editions. Figures released by the Publishers Association showed that in 2013 the total sales of books (printed copies and e-books) came to 3.3 billion pounds. There was a 2% decrease in sales of printed books, falling from 2,880 billion pounds in 2013 to 2,748 billion in 2014, but an 11% increase in sales of e-books, rising from per 506 billion pounds in 2013 to 563 billion pounds in 2014. In 2013, a total of 184,000 new titles and reprints were issued in the UK (170,267 in 2012), of which 61,300 were in digital format.