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Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of July 13-19, 2014

1. Una mutevole verità by Gianrico Carofiglio (Einaudi)
2. La piramide di fango by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
3. Colpa delle stelle by John Green (Rizzoli)
4. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
5. Vacanze in giallo by various authors (Sellerio)
6. In fondo al tuo cuore Maurizio De Giovanni  (Einaudi)
7. Adulterio by Paulo Coelho (Bompiani)
8. Il desiderio di essere come gli altri by Francesco Piccolo (Einaudi)
9. Il cardellino by Donna Tartt (Rizzoli)
10. L’abbazia dei cento peccati by Marcello Simoni (Newton)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of July 6-12, 2014

1. Una mutevole verità by Gianrico Carofiglio (Einaudi)
2. La piramide di fango by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
3. Shadowhunters. Città del fuoco celeste by Cassandra Clare (Mondadori)
4. In fondo al tuo cuore Maurizio De Giovanni  (Einaudi)
5. Vacanze in giallo by various authors (Sellerio)
6. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
7. Colpa delle stelle by John Green (Rizzoli)
8. Adulterio by Paulo Coelho (Bompiani)
9. Il desiderio di essere come gli altri by Francesco Piccolo (Einaudi)
10. L’abbazia dei cento peccati by Marcello Simoni (Newton)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of June 29 - July 5, 2014

1. Una mutevole verità by Gianrico Carofiglio (Einaudi)
2. La piramide di fango by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
3. In fondo al tuo cuore Maurizio De Giovanni (Einaudi)
4. Adulterio by Paulo Coelho (Bompiani)
5. Colpa delle stelle by John Green (Rizzoli)
6. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
7. Vacanze in giallo by various authors (Sellerio)
8. I clienti di Avrenos by Georges Simenon (Adelphi)
9. Le scelte che non hai fatto by Maria Perosino (Einaudi)
10. Uno splendido disastro by Jamie McGuire (Garzanti)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of June 15-21, 2014

1. La piramide di fango by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
2. Adulterio by Paulo Coelho (Bompiani)
3. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
4. Colpa delle stelle by John Green (Rizzoli)
5. La moglie magica by Sveva Casati Modignani (Sperling & Kupfer)
6. La sposa silenziosa by A.S.A. Harrison (Longanesi)
7. L’ incolore Tazaki Tsukuru e i suoi anni di pellegrinaggio by Haruki Murakami (Einaudi)
8. Inferno by Dan Brown (Mondadori)
9. Uno splendido disastro by Jamie McGuire (Garzanti)
10. Cent’anni di solitudine by Gabriel García Márquez (Mondadori)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of June 8-14, 2014

1. La piramide di fango by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
2. Adulterio by Paulo Coelho (Bompiani)
3. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
4. Axforismi by J-Ax (Mondadori)
5. L’ incolore Tazaki Tsukuru e i suoi anni di pellegrinaggio by Haruki Murakami (Einaudi)
6. La moglie magica by Sveva Casati Modignani (Sperling & Kupfer)
7. Un’idea di destino by Tiziano Terzani (Longanesi)
8. Solo una volta nella vita by Timothy Lewis (Giunti)
9. Il cardellino by Donna Tartt (Rizzoli)
10. Inferno by Dan Brown (Mondadori)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of June 1-7, 2014

1. La piramide di fango by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
2. Adulterio by Paulo Coelho (Bompiani)
3. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
4. Un’idea di destino by Tiziano Terzani (Longanesi)
5. La moglie magica by Sveva Casati Modignani (Sperling & Kupfer)
6. L’ incolore Tazaki Tsukuru e i suoi anni di pellegrinaggio by Haruki Murakami (Einaudi)
7. Cent’anni di solitudine by Gabriel García Márquez (Mondadori)
8. Inferno by Dan Brown (Mondadori)
9. Il nero e l’argento by Paolo Giordano (Garzanti)
10. Colpa delle stele by John Green (Rizzoli)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of May 18-24, 2014

1. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
2. La moglie magica by Sveva Casati Modignani (Sperling & Kupfer)
3. L’ incolore Tazaki Tsukuru e i suoi anni di pellegrinaggio by Haruki Murakami (Einaudi)
4. Un’idea di destino by Tiziano Terzani (Longanesi)
5. Il cardellino by Donna Tartt (Rizzoli)
6. La mia Londra by Simonetta Agenllo Hornby (Giunti)
7. Inferno by Dan Brown (Mondadori)
8. Il nero e l’argento by Paolo Giordano (Garzanti)
9. Cent’anni di solitudine by Gabriel García Márquez  (Mondadori)
10. Il sentiero dei profumi by Cristina Caboni (Garzanti)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of May 4-10, 2014

1. La moglie magica by Sveva Casati Modignani (Sperling & Kupfer)
2. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
3. Pantera by Benni & Ralli (Feltrinelli)
4. Inferno by Dan Brown (Mondadori)
5. Un’idea di destino by Tiziano Terzani (Longanesi)
6. Quattro sberle benedette by Andrea Vitali (Garzanti)
7. La magia di un buongiorno by Massimo Gramellini (Longanesi)
8. Il cardellino by Donna Tartt (Rizzoli)
9. Il nero e l’argento by Paolo Giordano (Garzanti)
10. L’armata dei sonnambuli by Wu Ming (Einaudi)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of April 27 – May 3, 2014

1. La moglie magica by Sveva Casati Modignani (Sperling & Kupfer)
2. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
3. Inferno by Dan Brown (Mondadori)
4. Un disastro è per sempre by Jamie McGuire (Garzanti)
5. La vita è un viaggio by Beppe Severgnini (Rizzoli)
6. La magia di un buongiorno by Massimo Gramellini (Longanesi)
7. L’armata dei sonnambuli by Wu Ming (Einaudi)
8. Quattro sberle benedette by Andrea Vitali (Garzanti)
9. Il cardellino by Donna Tartt (Rizzoli)
10. Buoni e cattivi by Vittorio Feltri and Stefano Lorenzetto (Marsilio)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of April 20-26, 2014

1. Il marchio di Atena by Rick Riordan (Mondadori)
2. Inferno by Dan Brown (Mondadori)
3. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
4. Un disastro è per sempre by Jamie McGuire (Garzanti)
5. La vita è un viaggio by Beppe Severgnini (Rizzoli)
6. Divergent by Veronica Roth (De Agostini)
7. L’armata dei sonnambuli by Wu Ming (Einaudi)
8. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (De Agostini)
9. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (De Agostini)
10. Il cardellino by Donna Tartt (Rizzoli)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of April 6-12, 2014

1. La vita è un viaggio by Beppe Severgnini (Rizzoli)
2. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
3. L’armata dei sonnambuli by Wu Ming (Einaudi)
4. Inferno by Dan Brown (Mondadori)
5. Inseguendo un’ombra by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
6. Divergent by Veronica Roth (De Agostini)
7. Il pipistrello by Jo Nesbø (Einuadi)
8. La Sirena by Camilla Läckberg (Marsilio)
9. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (De Agostini)
10. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (De Agostini)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of March 30-April 5, 2014

1. Inseguendo un’ombra by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
2. Il pipistrello by Jo Nesbø (Einuadi)
3. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
4. Braccialetti rossi by Albert Espinosa (Salani)
5. La Sirena by Camilla Läckberg (Marsilio)
6. Non è più come prima by Massimo Recalcati (Cortina)
7. La vita è un viaggio by Beppe Severgnini (Rizzoli)
8. Divergent by Veronica Roth (De Agostini)
9. Premiata ditta Sorelle Ficcadenti by Andrea Vitale (Rizzoli)
10. La casa nel bosco by Gianrico Carofiglio and Francesco Carofiglio (Rizzoli)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of March 23-29, 2014

1. Inseguendo un’ombra by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
2. Braccialetti rossi by Albert Espinosa (Salani)
3. La Sirena by Camilla Läckberg (Marsilio)
4. Non è più come prima by Massimo Recalcati (Cortina)
5. Storia di una ladra di libri by Markus Zusak (Frassinelli)
6. La casa nel bosco by Gianrico Carofiglio and Francesco Carofiglio (Rizzoli)
7. Premiata ditta Sorelle Ficcadenti by Andrea Vitali (Rizzoli)
8. Supernotes by Agente Kasper and Luigi Carletti (Mondadori)
9. Polvere alla polvere by Brian Freeman (Piemme)
10. Raggi di luce by Paolo Brosio (Piemme)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of March 2-8, 2014

1. Braccialetti rossi by Albert Espinosa (Salani)
2. Ammazziamo il gattopardo by Alan Friedman (Rizzoli)
3. Premiata ditta Sorelle Ficcadenti by Andrea Vitali (Rizzoli)
4. Il quinto testimone by Michael Connelly (Piemme)
5. Le cose che sai di me by Clara Sánchez (Garzanti)
6. Bella ciao. Controstoria della resistenza by Giampaolo Pansa (Rizzoli)
7. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
8. I peccati di una madre by Danielle Steel (Sperling & Kupfer)
9. Diario di una Schiappa. Guai in arrivo! by Jeff Kinney (Il Castoro)
10. Sei per la Sardegna by various writers (Einaudi)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of February 23 - March 1, 2014

1. Ammazziamo il gattopardo by Alan Friedman (Rizzoli)
2. Braccialetti rossi by Albert Espinosa (Salani)
3. Il quinto testimone by Michael Connelly (Piemme)
4. Premiata ditta Sorelle Ficcadenti by Andrea Vitali (Rizzoli)
5. Bella ciao. Controstoria della resistenza by Giampaolo Pansa (Rizzoli)
6. Le cose che sai di me by Clara Sánchez (Garzanti)
7. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
8. Sei per la Sardegna by various writers (Einaudi)
9. Nuovo dizionario delle cose perdute by Francesco Guccini (Mondadori)
10. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Sperling & Kupfer)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of February 16-22, 2014

1. Ammazziamo il gattopardo by Alan Friedman (Rizzoli)
2. Braccialetti rossi by Albert Espinosa (Salani)
3. Le cose che sai di me by Clara Sánchez (Garzanti)
4. Bella ciao. Controstoria della resistenza by Giampaolo Pansa (Rizzoli)
5. Sei per la Sardegna by various writers (Einaudi)
6. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Sperling & Kupfer)
7. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
8. Polvere by Patricia Cornwell (Mondadori)
9. Diario di una Schiappa. Guai in arrivo! by Jeff Kinney (Il Castoro)
10. Nuovo dizionario delle cose perdute by Francesco Guccini (Mondadori)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of February 9-15, 2014

1. Ammazziamo il gattopardo by Alan Friedman (Rizzoli)
2. Bella ciao. Controstoria della resistenza by Giampaolo Pansa (Rizzoli)
3. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Sperling & Kupfer)
4. Sei per la Sardegna by various writers (Einaudi)
5. Le cose che sai di me by Clara Sánchez (Garzanti)
6. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
7. Polvere by Patricia Cornwell (Mondadori)
8. Nuovo dizionario delle cose perdute by Francesco Guccini (Mondadori)
9. Braccialetti rossi by Albert Espinosa (Salani)
10. Diario di una Schiappa. Guai in arrivo! by Jeff Kinney (Il Castoro)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of February 2-8, 2014

1. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Sperling & Kupfer)
2. Sei per la Sardegna by various writers (Einaudi)
3. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
4. Polvere by Patricia Cornwell (Mondadori)
5. Diario di una Schiappa. Guai in arrivo! by Jeff Kinney (Il Castoro)
6. Storia di una lumaca che scoprì l'importanza della lentezza by Luis Sepulveda (Guanda)
7. Nuovo dizionario delle cose perdute by Francesco Guccini (Mondadori)
8. Carnevale in giallo by various writers (Sellerio)
9. Violetta. Il mio diario, un anno dopo by Violetta (Walt Disney)
10. Braccialetti rossi by Albert Espinosa (Salani)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of January 26 – February 1, 2014

1. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Sperling & Kupfer)
2. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
3. Sei per la Sardegna by various writers (Einaudi)
4. Diario di una Schiappa. Guai in arrivo! by Jeff Kinney (Il Castoro)
5. Carnevale in giallo by various writers (Sellerio)
6. Splendore by Margaret Mazzantini (Mondadori)
7. Storia di una lumaca che scoprì l'importanza della lentezza by Luis Sepulveda (Guanda)
8. Violetta. Il mio diario, un anno dopo by Violetta (Walt Disney)
9. La strada verso casa by Fabio Volo (Mondadori)
10. La costola di Adamo by Antonio Manzini (Sellerio)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of January 19-25, 2014

1. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
2. Diario di una Schiappa. Guai in arrivo! by Jeff Kinney (Il Castoro)
3. Storia di una lumaca che scoprì l'importanza della lentezza by Luis Sepulveda (Guanda)
4. La strada verso casa by Fabio Volo (Mondadori)
5. Splendore by Margaret Mazzantini (Mondadori)
6. La costola di Adamo by Antonio Manzini (Sellerio)
7. Le ossa della principessa by Alessia Gazzola (Longanesi)
8. Violetta. Il mio diario, un anno dopo by Violetta (Walt Disney)
9. La verità sul caso Harry Quebert by Joel Dicker (Bompiani)
10. Per dieci minuti by Chiara Gamberale (Feltrinelli)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of January 12-18, 2014

1. Diario di una Schiappa. Guai in arrivo! by Jeff Kinney (Il Castoro)
2. L’educazione (im)possibile by Vittorino Andreoli (Rizzoli)
3. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
4. Splendore by Margaret Mazzantini (Mondadori)
5. Storia di una lumaca che scoprì l'importanza della lentezza by Luis Sepulveda (Guanda)
6. La strada verso casa by Fabio Volo (Mondadori)
7. La costola di Adamo by Antonio Manzini (Sellerio)
8. L’uragano di un batter d’ali by Sara Tessa (Newton Compton)
9. La verità sul caso Harry Quebert by Joel Dicker (Bompiani)
10. Per dieci minuti by Chiara Gamberale (Feltrinelli)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy the week of January 5-11, 2014

1. Diario di una Schiappa. Guai in arrivo! by Jeff Kinney (Il Castoro)
2. Splendore by Margaret Mazzantini (Mondadori)
3. Gli sdraiati by Michele Serra (Feltrinelli)
4. La strada verso casa by Fabio Volo (Mondadori)
5. Storia di una lumaca che scoprì l'importanza della lentezza by Luis Sepulveda (Guanda)
6. L’uragano di un batter d’ali by Sara Tessa (Newton Compton)
7. E l’eco rispose by Khaled Hosseini (Piemme)
8. La verità sul caso Harry Quebert by Joel Dicker (Bompiani)
9. Il gioco di Ripper by Isabel Allende (Feltrinelli)
10. Hunger games. Il canto della svolta. by Suzanne Collins (Mondadori)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

News from the Embassy of Italy in Washington

U.S. Department of State just published the Request for proposals for EXPO Milan 2015
29/07/2013

U.S. authorities have just published a Request for Proposals in order to identify a private partner which could undertake and monitor the fundraising activities which will allow the establishment of the US pavilion at Expo Milan 2015.

The Request for Proposals can be found at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-29/pdf/2013-18171.pdf

The Request for Proposals invites US persons, firms, associations and organizations (both for profit and non–profit) to address proposals for fundraising, building, developing, organizing, managing, and dismantling the US pavilion at Expo Milan 2015. The deadline for proposals is September 15, 2013.

Top 10 best sellers in Italy in 2012

1. Cinquanta sfumature di grigio by E. L. James (Mondadori)
2. Fai bei sogni by Massimo Gramellini (Longanesi)
3. Cinquanta sfumature di nero by E. L. James (Mondadori)
4. Cinquanta sfumature di rosso by E. L. James (Mondadori)
5. Una lama di luce by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
6. L'inverno del mondo by Ken Follett (Mondadori)
7. Una voce di notte by Andrea Camilleri (Sellerio)
8. Se ti abbraccio non aver paura by Fulvio Ervas (Marcos y Marcos)
9. L’infanzia di Gesù by Joseph Ratzinger Benedetto XVI (Rizzoli)  
10. Storia di un gatto e del topo che divento` suo amico by Luis Sepulveda (Guanda)

Ranking compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, analyzing data of weekly book sales from a sampling of 900 bookstores.

Selling Abroad: Mysteries and More

Five of the six top-selling titles on Italy's combined list in June were new, led by the latest from the international bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón, September Lights. Coming in at #6 is Forever, the newest general romance from Italian novelist Susan Tamaro, whose Follow Your Heart sold 15 million copies worldwide when it was released in the mid-1990s. It was published in the U.S. by Nan Talese in 1995.

Excerpt from Publishers Weekly article.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/international-book-news/article/48026-selling-abroad-mysteries-and-more.html

Source:

Publishers Weekly

www.publishersweekly.com

BookExpo America Announces Italy is Guest of Honor at Global Market Forum

BookExpo America (BEA) 2011 is pleased to announce that this year Global Market Forum will shine a spotlight on Publishing in Italy.

This year’s program will be produced with the support of the Italian Trade Commission and the Associazione Italiana Editori.

Program details are coming soon but be sure to mark your calendar for the Official Global Market Forum Opening Ceremony to be held Tuesday, May 24 at 9:30am.

BookExpo America (BEA) annually features the Global Market Forum, a dedicated program that showcases publishing's leading figures to explore global publishing issues through commerce and culture.

Spotlighting one host country each year, the Global Market Forum presents focused conference sessions, exhibits, and off-site cultural events. You will benefit from information and insights on publishing trends as well as literary heritage and cultural significance from the host country. All of the content is designed to help you build partnerships and form lasting profitable relationships.

Highlighting, promoting, and connecting the host country's publishing industry to the global publishing community at BEA, Global Market Forum features writers and editors from the host country at the show, and at prestigious venues in New York City such as the New York Public Library.

The Global Market Forum is led by industry experts; enabling you along with professionals from all over the world to understand global markets with facts, figures and best practice reports from the most current research available.

http://bookexpoamerica.com/BEA-Conferences/Global-Market-Forum/

Source:

BookExpo America

ww.bookexpoamerica.com

The College Board will revive the AP test in Italian

Announcement by Embassy of Italy in Washington
http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/Ambasciata_Washington/Archivio_News/APP_11.11.2010.htm

The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/10/AR2010111006271.html

The Wall Street Journal
http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/11/10/ap-italian-exam-rescued-by-the-cuomos/

Seen in PW: Sterling Publishing To Distribute White Star Publishers

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/43901-distribution-midpoint-teams-with-codemantra-sterling-adds-client.html

Source:

PW

www.publishersweekly.com

From PW: Pearson Leads the Pack in PW/Livres Hebdo global publishing rankings for 2009

Four Italian groups are present in the top 50 largest book publishers: De Agostini ranked 9th, RCS Libri 26th, Mondadori 32nd and Gruppo Mauri Spagnol 34th.

Read the entire article
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/international-book-news/article/43564-global-publishing-rankings-2009.html

Source:

PW

www.publishersweekly.com

Results of the second survey on imports-exports of publication rights in Italy (2004-2007)

Over one in five publishing houses in Italy “works” abroad: 21% of Italian publishers who produced a new book in 2007 have bought or sold publishing rights abroad over the last four years, a significant growth bearing in mind that the figure in 2004 was 15% (+75%). This is what emerges from the second “Survey on imports-exports of publication rights in Italy”, carried out by Doxa on behalf of the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) in collaboration with the Italian Publishers Association (AIE).
This second survey – using a methodology basically identical to that used in 2001-2003 – makes available a historical series relating to the number of titles bought and sold by Italian publishers, the number of businesses involved and the countries with which importing and exporting of rights take place. These are the main results:

Publishers: between 2001 and 2007 the number of publishing houses which have either sold rights for Italian books and authors or bought rights for foreign books grew by 75.1%
In the years covered by the two survey periods – respectively 2001-2003 and 2004-2008 – the number of publishers involved in the exchange process grew. There was an increase both in the number of publishers who bought from abroad and those who sold, although with rates which vary in relation to  the size of the company, and therefore its organizational capacity and the human, economic and financial resources available for publishing projects.
Between 2001 and 2007 the number of publishing houses which sold rights for Italian books and authors or acquired rights for foreign books grew by 75.1%. In 2001 they represented 15% of those publishers who had published at least one new book in the course of the year (381). They have now grown to 21% (667). This growth has taken place across the whole industry but it has been particularly marked among smaller publishing houses (which produce fewer than 15 new books per year), where the numbers have doubled (from 191 to 396: +107.3%) compared to large and medium-size firms (+42.6%). In 2007, 272 small publishers bought publication rights from foreign firms compared to 117 in 2001 (+132.5%). 74 small publishers sold rights from their own authors compared to 39 in 2001, a growth of +89.7%.
Among larger publishing houses, 135 firms sold rights compared to 86 in 2001, showing an increase of 57%.

Titles: between 2001 and 2007 the number of titles acquired by Italian publishing houses grew by 43.1% while the number of titles sold almost doubled (+93.9%)
On average publishers sell abroad the rights for about 17 titles (among those which they publish). The average number of titles exported has tended to decline: from 22 in 2001, the figure fell to 20 in 2003 and 16 in 2004, remaining at this average level during the following years. The figures tell us that in recent years there has been a better distribution among firms of both the ability to buy (showing slight growth: from an average of 15 titles per publisher to 17) and to sell.
Between 2001 and 2007 the estimate of the number of titles acquired by Italian publishers grew by 43.1%: from 5,400 to 7,730. The number of titles sold rose from 1,800 to 3,490 (+93.9%).

Genres: boom in Italian books abroad. Large growth in export of Italian rights for fiction, non-fiction and children's books. However exports beat imports only in art and illustrated books
What exactly is exported? And what is bought? The first striking feature seems to be the variety of titles exported: “other genres” alone represents 8-10% of titles sold. Irrespective of possible considerations regarding this or that segment of production, Italian publishing seems therefore able to win its own space on the international market in a wide range of genres, and this must be taken into account when programming support policies, including initiatives in support of translations.
The genres which the Italian publishing industry tends to buy are very different from those which are sold. Purchases of rights remain higher than sales in almost all sectors (except art and illustrated books). However, sales are growing more rapidly than purchases. For example, the sale of rights for Italian novelists (602 titles) grew by 157.3% between 2001 and 2007 compared to  +51.8% for purchases of rights for foreign novelists (2,316 works). Children's books recorded a growth of +106.6% (1,004 titles sold) while acquisitions remained essentially at the 2001 level (+10.5% with 1,384 titles acquired in 2007). The sale of non-fiction titles to foreign publishers grew by +440% (973 titles) compared to +99.3% for acquisitions (2,699 works). Publishing of art and illustrated books is the only segment where the sale of rights in 2007 outnumbered purchases: 616 titles (+80% over 2001) for which rights were sold, as against 264 bought (-19.8%).

Countries: Europe remains the leading market. But the “weight” of Asia and Russia has doubled
Europe represents the principal outlet market for domestic publishing. Exports in this area amount to 77% of the total (311 titles sold to the German publishing industry compared to 620 acquired; 320 works sold to French publishers as against 998 that we have bought etc.). The imbalance which remains in favour of imports over exports reflects the great curiosity, attention and enthusiasm of Italian publishers with regard to everything produced by the great international publishing industries.
The years between 2001 and 2007 saw a significant rebalancing in the relative weight of the various markets. In 2001 Asia absorbed 5.8% of the titles for which publishers sold rights. By 2007 this figure had almost doubled to 11.5%. In 2001 Italian publishers sold 19% of their total rights marketed  to central and eatern Europe, the Balkans and Russia. Six years later the weight of this region rose to 30.2%.
Within Europe, the sale of titles is highly fragmented, with a rise in the importance of central-eastern European countries. Poland, for example, already in 2003 counted for as much as France or Germany, and double the United Kingdom, in terms of titles bought from Italian publishers. In the latest survey, the weight of the Hungarian market (150 titles compared to 99 in 2006) is emerging.

Import of rights? 60% comes from the United Kingdom and the United States
Importing and exporting countries are totally different: most of the acquisitions (60.1% in 2007) come from two countries, the UK and the USA, which are weak importers of Italian titles (with only 7.7%) while the majority of sales (73%) are made in other European countries, from whom we import only 33% of titles.

The survey was carried out by DOXA on behalf of the Italian Trade Commission. Intervention by AIE, in the form of analysis and interpretation of the data gathered, was carried out on the basis of the Sectorial Agreement signed by the Ministry of Economic Development, the Italian Publishers Association and the Italian Trade Commission with the aim of optimising synergy between public and private action as part of the process of internationalising the publishing industry.

Italy commits US$500,000 in support of maintaining the Advanced Placement Program in Italian Language and Culture

The Government of Italy has authorized the allocation of US$500,000.00 in support of maintaining the Advanced Placement Program in Italian Language and Culture. It was made possible through the direct efforts in Italy by the Prime Minister’s Office and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Washington. Major Italian American organizations also lent significant support to the effort.

The decision confirms the priority assigned by the Government of Italy to the Advanced Placement program of the American College Board , which has been identified as indispensable to the diffusion of appropriate level Italian language courses in U.S. schools.  In fact, for  a foreign language, being included among the 35 AP subjects, it is a factor of continuity, diligence, and coherence in curricula from preschool to university. Inclusion in the AP is incentivizing to prospective students and to the high schools themselves.

The Embassy of Italy is strongly appreciative for and commends the commitment undertaken by the Conference of Presidents of  Major Italian American Organizations * through the creation of an ad hoc committee tasked with supporting the Government’s action through both raising additional funds and a campaign aimed at gathering a critical mass of students to enroll in the program.

In view of the program’s reinstatement, direct contacts at the highest level between the Embassy of Italy in partnership with the Conference of Presidents and the College Board have already been activated and will continue in the coming weeks.

List of the members Organizations Members of the Conference Presidents of major  Italian American Organizations:

-American Italian Historical Association
-American Committee on Italian Migration
-American Italian Defense Assn.
-American Justinian Society of Jurists
-American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit
-Arba Sicula
-John D. Calandra Italian American Institute/CUNY
-Coalition of Italo American Associations
-Coccia Foundation
-Columbus Citizen Foundation
-Cooley’s Anemia Foundation,Inc.
-Federated Italo- Americans of So. California
-FIERI international, Inc.
-Garibaldi Meucci Musuem
-Gruppo Esponenti Italiani
-Guild of Italian Amer. Actors
-Italian Academy Foundation
-Italian American Dem. Leadership Council
-Italian American Federation of the Southeast
-Italian American Labor Council
-Italian American Legal Defense
-Italian American Museum
-Italian American One Voice
-Italian American War Veterans of the United States
-Italian Big Sisters
-Italian Chamber of Commerce (Assocameresteri)
-Italian Heritage & Culture Comm. NY
-Italian Historical Society of America
- Italian Language Foundation
-Italian Sons and Daughter of America
-Italian Welfare League
-Italic Studies Intitute
-Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans
-Justinian Forums
-National Council of Columbia Associations
-National Italian American Bar Association
-National IA Apostolate Conference
-National Italian American Business Assn.
-National Italian American Foundation 
-National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
-National Organization of Italian American Woman
-NJ Italian & Italian American Heritage Commission
-Order Sons of Italy in America 
-OSIA - Commission for Social Justice
-The Center for Italian & Italian American Culture
-Tiro a Segno
-Tri- State Italian American Congress, Inc.
-UNICO National 
-UNICO Foundation
-Weschester Italian Cultural Center
-Wisitalia

Source:

Embassy of Italy in Washington 1/21/10

www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it

Cartman Edizioni Announces Fourth Annual Literary Photography Competition

Entitled RICORDATIDIME (Remember Me), the competition is dedicated to “memory”, the theme of the next Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino (May 13-17, 2010). The competition is open to all, including foreigners and children.  The deadline is April 11, 2010.
 

More information is available on Cartman Edizioni’s website and blog. 

AAP Reports Book Sales Estimated at $24.3 Billion in 2008

New York, NY, March 31, 2009: The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its annual estimate of total book sales in the United States. The report, which uses data from the Bureau of the Census as well as sales data from eighty-one publishers inclusive of all major book publishing media market holders, estimates that U.S. publishers had net sales of $24.3 billion in 2008, down from $25.0 billion in 2007, representing a 2.8% decrease. In the last six years the industry had a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.6%.
Trade sales of adult and juvenile books fell 5.2 percent from 2007 to $8.1 billion, CAGR fell to 2.1 percent. Growth was found in paperbound books for children and adults, with growth rates of 6.4% and 3.6% respectively. Sales in the hardcover fell 12.4% in children's hardcover and 13% in adult hardcover.

Over the period covered by the estimated data, the CAGR for hardbound books was 0.4% for adult books and 1.5% for juvenile. Paperbound books grew 3.9% and 2.8% over the 6 years.
Educational titles had a mixed year. Sales in the Elementary (El-Hi) category, those books produced for K-12 education, fell 4.4% to $6.1 billion in 2008, CAGR for this category was 0.8%. The Higher Education category, which includes sales of college textbooks, fared better. Total sales reached $3.8 billion this year up 2.7% on 2007. This brought the CAGR for college textbooks to 3.8%.
Mass Market paperbacks decreased 3.0% and brought the category CAGR to -1.9%. Total sales were $1.1 billion in 2008. Book clubs and mail-order fell for the sixth year to $600 million, a fall of 3.4%.

Audio book sales for 2008 totaled $172 million, down 21% on the prior year, CAGR for this category is still healthy at 3.1%. E-books continue to grow significantly, sales reached $113 million in 2008, up 68.4%.
Religious book sales dropped 7.6% to $724m in 2008. However over the period of the estimate it has still performed well with CAGR of 4.5%.

Source:

American Association of Publishers

www.publishers.org

AIAP presents

Tuesday February 3rd, at 5:00 pm at Galleria Aiap in Via Ponchielli 3, Milan, there was the round table Editorial Graphic in XX century: excellence of made in Italy, organized by AIAP in order to present conservation and valorization projects. 

Great interest aroused in the media by still underway exhibition dedicated to the collection Elia Barbiani-Giorgio Conti of Italian editorial graphic from 1945 to this day (“Dressing the book”, Gorgonzola, Biblioteca comunale, 17 gennaio-8 febbraio 2009) represents at last a signal of attention to an history that has to be still told and right to the end. About made in Italy we usually know design and fashion, but we ignore or underestimate the role of editorial graphic, which stands out instead like his third pillar that makes Italy and Milan the most advanced laboratory in this area.

From the forerunner initiative in 1988 of exhibition and catalogue “Design the book”, realized with several contributions and in collaboration of Aiap, we arrive today to the collection Barbiani-Conti, unique in Italy for completeness and dimension (more than 3.500 books). Once more private collecting which replaces unsuccessful or sporadic public intervention. The round table, promoted by Aiap, SBME and Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Gorgonzola, presented some of the most significant proposals reached in Milan about conservation and valorization of great works and documents of editorial graphic, from Albe e Lica Steiner‘s archivi to Aiap’s funds. Particularly important was the project presented by the antique bookseller Andrea Tomasetig, which spoke about first Book and reading Museum in Italy entirely dedicated to XX century and based on the collection Barbiani-Conti, on extraordinary editorial archive Bruno Munari collected by Giancarlo Baccoli and on the collection Gianni Manzo of masterpieces of futurist book and of other avant-gardes. The public meeting included also the conclusive intervention of Gillo Dorfles. The goal is to convert the book in a privileged instrument of cultural promotion of Made in Italy in view of Expo 2015.

Source:

AIAP

www.aiap.it

Grants and Awards for the Translation of Italian Works

A brief guide to the Italian institutions and organisations providing support to foreign publishers and translators for the translation of literary works by Italian authors into other languages.

Grants and Awards for the Translation of Italian Works brochure

Source:

AIE

www.aie.it