The Italian Publishers Association
AIE (Associazione Italiana Editori) is the trade association, of Italian publishers – and foreign ones operating in Italy – of books, journals, and digital publishing products and contents.
AIE is a member of FEP (Federation of European Publishers), IPA (International Publishers Association ) and Confindustria.

AIE represents, on a national and international level (where it is represented on various boards), companies producing editorial content regardless of creation and distribution format (hard copy, digital). The association also constitutes an attentive and updated observatory of the reading habits, as well as of cultural and educational consumption necessary for the growth of Italy.
AIE aims at representing and safeguarding publishers, promoting professional growth, removing obstacles to the development of a modern publishing market, and fighting against illegal phenomena and lack of respect for copyrights. It also supports all concrete initiatives that contribute to the spread of the reading habit and books, to the expansion of the domestic market, and to the internationalization process of Italian businesses and culture worldwide
The structure
Publishers belonging to AIE represent 90% of the Italian book market.
3 billion euros (net of advertising revenue), almost 60 thousand book titles produced annually (of which 57% are new works), 4,600 publishing houses (of which 966 published at least 10 titles in 2014): these are the main figures of the Italian book market.

There are two head offices: the headquarters in Milan and a branch office in Rome. Its president is Federico Motta, while its director is Alfieri Lorenzon.

AIE is divided into four publishing groups: Trade publishing, Small publishers, Educational, Academic and professional.
AIE carries out many activities to safeguard the publishing profession and its development. More specifically:

AIE represents and safeguards the interests of Italian publishers in various settings: copyright, publishing rights, promotion of reading, piracy, fiscal regulations, etc.
AIE offers its members an anti-piracy service which controls and fights against the illegal use of editorial contents protected by copyright, both in traditional hard copy and electronic formats.
AIE is committed in pre-competitive research and innovation in the field of publishing technologies, encompassing various areas such as publishing standards, metadata, digital formats, right information, web resolution, persistent identifiers, etc. Many innovative services stemmed from these R&D activities, such as the DOI registration agency (launched in 2002), the new ISBN platform (2005), the ARROW system (2013), the LIA service (2013), etc.
Some areas of interest require special focus, when highly relevant in particular moments, or because they require continuous analysis and action. AIE participates and often coordinates European projects in such areas, aimed at providing information, education, guidance or services to publishers. The last experience is TISP (Technologies and Innovation for Smart Publishing) to improve the dialogue between publishers and IT companies and promote further innovation in the sector.
AIE organises collective stands and/or professional conferences in the most important national (Turin, Bologna) and international (Frankfurt, London, Beijing, and New York) fairs. AIE also manages the participation of Italian publishers at trade fairs where Italy is the guest Country (Paris, Guadalajara, Montreuil, Moscow, Book Expo America, etc.). Since 2002, AIE has also directly managed and organised the small and mid-sized publishing fair Più libri più liberi in Rome.
The department publishes the outcomes of its researches in the ebook series "Quaderni del Giornale della Libreria" and on its websites ( and The Giornale della Libreria, the association monthly house-organ since 1888, publishes in-depth analyses on the most relevant issues related to the national and international publishing sector. AIE publishes also the annual Report on the State of Publishing in Italy and the Map of Italian Publishing Market.
AIE organises courses for professional in book publishing and in the content sector, as well as for people aiming to become publishers. In addition to «library» courses (the activity is ISO 9001-2008 certified), and to in-house courses organised on demand of publishing companies, AIE provides «entry level» courses on publishing in collaboration with Italian leading universities ( The international Editech seminars have become a key appointment for professionals interested in trends and evolution of the digital publishing business (
AIE developed the LIA system, a platform to foster the availability of accessible ebooks in the customary production and distribution channels. The LIA catalogue offers 10,000+ ebooks fully accessible to visually impaired people.
AIE assists members by providing widespread fiscal and legal advice. Each year AIE posts in its members-only website 300+ information and advisory notices on a variate of topics of interest.
Latest news
Levi (AIE): “A collaboration which makes us proud and gives enormous prestige to our initiative” Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse: “Frankfurt Fellows go global – building an international publishing network”
Positive signals in the first eight months of 2017. Levi (AIE): "The big challenge is for everybody to work together to nurture new readers. Beginning with schools "
Levi: “I want to engage AIE in a civilization battle for Italy more educated, more cultured, more open. In the name of unity”
The consultant for innovation accepted the invitation by the Italian publishers to work on the digital and IT program for the new bookfair.
Motta (AIE): "The great national challenge will be determined by growth of readership" Undersecretary of State Scalfarotto: "The concrete support in a sector of strategic importance"
Buchmesse – Motta (President.of the Italian Publishers Association): “We are working to change the trend in the Italian book market but we’re alone, without the institutional support that other countries provide for the sector. About 40% of the Italian ruling class, including politicians, are not reading”.
Report on Publishing in Italy
Presented every year at the Frankfurt Book Fair the Report on the State of Publishing in Italy by the Research department of AIE, the Italian Publishers Association, represents the latest data, figures and trends on the Italian publishing market.
The full e-book is available - in Italian only - on the major online stores.

Documents and data
Report on publishing in Italy 2017, a summary
A section of numbers regarding the publishing in Italy in 2016 and the first months of 2017 - by the AIE Research Department
Report on publishing in Italy 2016, a summary
The Italian book market makes an official return to growth after four years of crisis. A section of numbers regarding the publishing in Italy in 2015 and the first months of 2016.
Italian books aboad (and foreign books in Italy) 2016
Addresses and reference details of both Italian and foreign operators working with the import/export of books and publishing rights
Report on publishing in Italy: highlights
A selection of numbers regarding the publishing market in 2015 and in the first months of 2016. The figures and a detailed analysis of the facts that characterized last year are published in the Report on the state of publishing 2016.
Report on publishing in Italy 2015, a summary
A section of numbers regarding the publishing in Italy in 2014 and the first months of 2015.