The Association of Italian Publishers expresses support for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s decision to cancel its physical exhibition and cheers funding for small presses.
Even as Europe’s reported contraction is analyzed by economists, new funding for small publishers in Italy adds to an improving outlook for books.
Italian publishers see ‘encouraging signs of an upturn,’ as data from Nielsen and Informazioni Editoriali shows revenue losses were cut in half in July.
Some 32 percent of respondents in Italy tell publishers that news consumption replaced their reading time during the pandemic.
The head of the Italian publishers’ association, Ricardo Franco Levi, presses the organization’s case for inclusion in Rome’s education plan at Conte’s States-General.
the Italian book business opens ‘New Books from Italy’ to promote contemporary titles, industry directories, and translation funding opportunities.
Italian publishers warn that opening some bookstores must be backed up by financial aid, as Brazilian Publishers increased international outreach with an app and online rights effort.
In Europe’s two most gravely threatened markets, publishers’ associations and their retail and distribution colleagues are fighting for governmental assistance – with bookstores shuttered in lockdowns.
Industry Notes: International publishing events grapple with exhibitor, attendee worries about COVID-19. London Book Fair goes ahead.
Costing the books industry as much as €528 million, piracy is a major target for Italian book and news publishers in 2020.
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