45,605,826 (2021)

Official language



Argentine peso ($)


Buenos Aires

Time Zone

UTC -3 (ART)

Dialling Code


Area (sq. miles)



$1.033 tr.

Important Ministries

Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, Ciencia y Tecnología)

Ministry of Culture (Secretaría de Cultura)

VAT on Books

10% for both books and eBooks

Fixed Book Price Systems


Trade Associations

Trade Association(s)
Cámara Argentina del Libro (CAL)

Annual Book Fairs

Buenos Aires International Book Fair (Feria Internacional del Libro) is held across 20 days in April/May.

Children and Youth Book Fair is held over 23 days in July.

Translations Programmes

Translation and Publication Grant Programme (TEDA) was launched as a result of the commitment made by the Argentine Government to promote the translation of works by Argentine authors so as to encourage their printing in foreign languages. The works funded may be by both classic and contemporary Argentine authors, of any genre, whose themes are representative of the country’s national identity. The amount of the grant may not exceed USD 3200 per work.

Useful Contacts

British Council

Tel: +81 (0)3 3235 8031

Department for International Trade

Tel: +81 (3) 5211-1100


Yenny-El Ateneo
Distal Libros is a book chain, distributor, importer, and publisher.
Librerías Kel Ediciones is a book chain and distribution centre.
Librerías Santa Fe
Librerías Boutique del Libro
Librerías Del Libertador



Apart from the main publishers such as Santillana who run their own distribution operation, publishers and importers rely on distributors.

Stratford Book Services (SBS) provides school book fair service as well as interlinked book clubs for children, schools and colleagues. They are particularly strong in educational and children’s books.

Kel Ediciones distributes ELT and English language materials; they offer 40,000 different titles and over 2m books; and often attend London and Frankfurt Book Fairs.

Distribuidora Alberto Luongo is a general and education distributor.

M & A SRL focuses on library supply.