Spanish publishers in London report a workforce of 30,000

The collective Spanish-speaking delegation to the London Book Fair cites 30.10 million copies to Europe among its exports.

At the 2022 London Book Fair. Image: Publishing Insights, Porter Anderson

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

“The international projection of Spanish authors”

After the hubbub of news that for weeks preceded and followed the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, organized closely, London Book Fairand the Caucasus and Black Sea Basin Regional Publishing Conference in Tbilisi, there are many things that we want to return to or touch on for the first time, having not been able to report them in such a dense media environment.

The Spanish book sector, for example, before his turn as Spain’s guest of honor at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 19-23), produced a series of analytical figures worth retrieving.

Work here in a quick bulleted format to get several of the ideas from a Federation of Gremios Editores de España—FGEE, the Federation of Publishing Corporations in Spain, then:

  • In 2020, Spanish exports to Europe reached 125.62 million euros (135.8 million US dollars), writes the FGEE
  • Some 12.12% of this sum was destined for the United Kingdom, or around 15 million euros.
  • At the London Book Fair, the federation had a stand showcasing books from various Spanish publishers

“The London publishing meeting”, writes the federation, is a new opportunity for publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, authors and suppliers to assess the state of the European publishing sector and to explore new options for the export of Spanish books in such an important context as the English-speaking market.

The United Kingdom and the United States the markets represent a third of the world’s publishing production, according to the press release, and this means that “being published in English increases the possibilities of international projection for Spanish authors”.

This year’s catalog included, for example, the “Catalan Culture Spotlight” touring program, which strengthens the relationship between Catalan and Anglo-Saxon publishing professionals, with the aim of continuing to increase the number of translations of Catalan literature into English.

In addition, Acción Cultural (AC/E) has reserved space at the fair to provide information on translation scholarships under the title “Translation of Spanish Literature: Incentives and New Scholarship Opportunities”. This program aims to facilitate the translation of Spanish authors into English, German, Italian and Dutch.

According to the Book Foreign Trade Report 2020, Spanish publishers exported books and booklets to the European continent in the amount of 30.10 million copies.

The most exported book subjects to the UK were:

  • Non-university education (31.13%)
  • Social sciences (28.08%)
  • Scientific and technical (21.54%)
  • Literature (12.61%)

“It should be noted that 83% of social science books exported are educational books in Spanish.

“In Spain, the publishing industry moves more than 4 billion euros every year and employs, directly and indirectly, more than 30,000 people.

“The 800 publishing houses grouped within the federation represent around 97% of the sector’s turnover. Throughout 2020, these companies published over 181 million copies and over 73,000 titles in print and digital formats.


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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated 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 is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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