60,317,116 (2020)

Official language






Time Zone

UTC+1 (CET); Summer UTC+2 (CEST)

Dialling Code


Area (sq. miles)



$2.610 trillion

Important Ministries

Ministry of Education, University and Research (Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca or MIUR) is the ministry of the Italian government for the national education system, the Italian universities and research agencies.

VAT on Books

4% for books and ebooks

Fixed Book Price Systems


Trade Associations

Italian Publishers Association (Associazione Italiana Editori or AIE) is the trade association, of Italian publishers – and foreign ones operating in Italy – of books, journals, and digital publishing products and contents.
Italian Booksellers Association (Associazione Librai Italiani or ALI) represents members to negotiate and propose useful and advantageous agreements; affirms the social role of booksellers and libraries on the territory; promote books and reading.
Italian Library Association (Associazione Italiana Biblioteche or AIB) is the only general library association in Italy.


The book market in Italy in 2018 (AIE, 2019, in Italian)

Report on the state of publishing in Italy (AIE, 2018)

Italy – Country report (to the Federation of European Publishers, AIE, 2016) (£)

Italian Book Market (presentation, AIE, 2016)

Report on Italian Publishing Highlights (AIE, 2015)

Reports by regional can be found here

Publishers Association’s Book Market Statistics available to members on website

Annual Book Fairs

Bologna Children’s Book Fair held over 4 days in April
Turin International Book Fair held over 5 days in May
Rome Book Fair held over 5 days in December
Milan International Book Fair held over 5 days in March

Translations Programmes

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation provides grants and award to Italian works translated abroad

Trade Magazines

Il Giornale della Libreria is run by the AIE and publishes in-depth analyses on the most relevant issues related to the national and international publishing sector.

Biblioteche Oggi is a monthly magazine of books and librarianship.

Useful Contacts

British Council

Email: contatti.milano@britishcouncil.it
Tel: +3902772221

Department for International Trade

Email: DIT.Italy@fco.gov.uk
Tel: +39 02 7230 0234/ 02 723001

President of the ALI, Paolo Ambrosini
Email: presidente@libraitaliani.it


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Many larger Italian publishing groups have their own

for Messagerie

Map of Italian Publishers 2016 (AIE)