Together, we have written the next chapter in publishing.
In its 40th edition, Liber has facilitated the long-awaited face-to-face reunion of the Spanish-language book industry, attracting customers from all over the world. It has disseminated knowledge, built cultural bridges, and energised trade agreements. A resounding success that would not have been possible without the trust and enthusiasm of thousands of participants.
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Under the leadership of the Cámara Colombiana del Libro (CCL), the Latin American country had a central space within Liber to present the broad catalogue of themes, styles, publishers and new names of its current publishing production, identified export opportunities for Colombian literature and presented actions aimed at stimulating the marketing and promotion of the country’s books and narrative abroad. In Colombia, an average of 20,000 new titles are registered each year, with an available bibliographic stock of some 260,000 titles from 292 commercial, independent and university publishers and distributors.
Liber, a benchmark in the publishing industry
Authors, publishers, agents, distributors and institutional representatives made up the delegation that travelled to Barcelona in October to build a commercial and cultural bridge with Spain within the framework of the fair. For three days, professionals from the book sector from 19 Spanish-speaking countries, and a representation from the Spanish-language segment of the US publishing industry, shared their experiences of books and reading on the different stages set up at the fairgrounds. Liber is a way for Colombian fiction to access emerging markets in the rest of the world through translation.
In this regard, it should be noted that the buyers and prescribers of priority interest invited directly by Liber through its internationalisation programmes, as well as exhibitors and visitors who requested it, held an agenda of interviews with the Colombian delegation within the framework of the fair.
A benchmark in the publishing industry
One of the major commercial platforms for books in Spanish. In three days, it facilitated contacts and opened negotiations that will lead to exports in the last quarter of the year.
In an atmosphere conducive to business meetings and the closing of orders, attendees particularly appreciated the quality of the new items and bibliographical resources offered by the nearly 300 participating exhibitors.
Liber lived up to expectations and attracted more than 8,500 professionals, 40% of them international, from some 60 countries, mainly from the Americas and Europe.
This year the three international buyer and decision-maker programmes were strengthened, as well as the American librarians’ mission managed by the Federation of Publishers’ Guilds of Spain (FGEE) to bring to the fair key professionals from more than 60 countries with Spanish-language book procurement projects.
More than 130 speakers participated in 53 panel discussions, addressing the most immediate challenges for the industry, related to innovation, sustainability, marketing and digital business models.
Another of the most eagerly awaited activities was the presentation of the awards given by the FGEE in recognition of the career and work carried out by various individuals and entities linked to the book world. In 2022, prizes were awarded to author and publisher Pere Gimferrer, writer Soledad Puértolas, journalist Ignacio Elguero, the film Pan de limón con semillas de amapola (Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake), the Ramon Llull Bookshop in Valencia and the Historical Library of the Isabel La Católica Institute of Secondary Education in Madrid.
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