At Bologna: Spain’s Publishers Report Growing Children’s Book Exports

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FGEE reports that Spain’s exports of children’s books increased by 3.4 percent, to €24.2 million in 2021, with Mexico as a primary market.

An event audience for a presentation at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023. Image: Publishing Perspectives

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Top Markets: The States, Mexico, Argentina
As the 60th anniversary Bologna Children’s Book Fair works its way through the week—it runs through Thursday (March 9)—the Federación de Gremios de Editores de España (the Federation of Publishers’ Guilds of Spain, FGEE) reports that its delegation this year numbers more than 30 publishers.

Some of that number have their own stands in the huge halls of BolognaFiere, while others are part of the collective stand mounted by the federation itself.

The program reports that in 2021 (with 2022 not yet fully assessed), Spain’s exports of children’s and young readers’ books showed an increase of some 3.4 percent, to €24.2 million (US$25.5 million), with an aggregate sales number of 3.7 million copies.

The United States is the top destination for exports from Spanish publishers, with Mexico seen as “the main market” at €8.6 million (US$9.06 million).

Argentina is considered the next key offshore market for Spain’s exports, at €3 million (US$3.2 million).

In Europe, Portugal represents sales of €1.07 million to Spain’s publishers (US$1.28 million).

“The Spanish publishing industry,” media messaging from the federation says, “moves more than €4 billion annually, and brings direct and indirect employment to more than 30,000 people.”

There are some 800 publishing companies in the federation’s membership, representing about 97 percent in the sector’s turnover in 2021. They produced in 2021 “more than 198 million copies and more than 79,000 titles in paper and digital formats.”

If you’re at the trade show here in Bologna, you can find the Spanish federation’s collective stand at Hall 29, Stand D/2 to E/1.

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Spanish market is here, and more on world publishing’s industry statistics is here

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.