The Italian Publishers Association

Founded in 1869, AIE is the oldest Italian trade association. It represents Italian publishers of books, scientific journals and digital content at both the national and international level. The Association is the main data source on reading habits, the publishing market, as well as cultural and educational consumption, essential drivers of national growth. AIE is one of the founders of Confindustria. Publishers represented by AIE make up over 90% of the Italian book market.

President is Ricardo Franco Levi, while Managing Director is Fabio Del Giudice

AIE is divided into four publishing groups: Trade publishing, Small publishers, Educational, Academic and professional.

AIE is part of Confindustria Cultura Italia. It takes part in several committees and working groups set up by main national institutions, with the aim of enhancing book publishing, promoting books and reading, protecting copyright and triggering innovation and professional growth in the publishing market. 

At the European and international level, AIE contributed to the founding of IPA (International Publishers Association) and FEP (Federation of European Publishers), and currently plays an important role in both associations. The president of AIE was elected president of FEP in 2022. AIE is also a member of ABPTOE, EDItEUR, EDR-Lab, ISBN International, IDF and Readium Foundation..


  • Ediser, the company providing services to the publishing industry
  • ISBN, AIE is the Registration agency for the Italian language area
  • mEDRA, European DOI registration agency
  • Giornale della libreria, the trade magazine of the Association, published both in electronic and print format 
  • #ioleggoperché, a social campaign that helps school libraries grow
  • Più libri più liberi, the national Fair dedicated to small and medium sized publishers
  • Fondazione LIA, a non-profit foundation set up by AIE with UICI - Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti that promotes the culture of accessibility in the publishing field 
  • CLEARedi, it manages some reproduction rights of works published by its member


Studies and Research
Gennaio 2023
The presentation of data on the Italian and European book market in 2022 during the final day of the Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri School for Booksellers (January 27, 2023).
October 2022
The Report on the state of publishing presented at the Buchmesse in Frankfurt. Consolidated statement for the book and digital market in 2021.
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Latest news
Sales in line with the previous year. Cover prices almost unchanged, well below inflation. AIE data at the Turin International Book Fair: boom for romance
Growing proactive role of parents, school libraries increasingly attended. Presented today in Bologna the AIE Kids Observatory in collaboration with Pepe Research.
Bologna Children's Book Fair - In 2022, more than one in five books sold in physical and online bookstores and in large retailers are for children and young people. Collective of Italian publishers at BBPLUS, the format of BolognaFiere in collaboration with AIE. Levi: "Our presence in Bologna getting stronger and stronger."
Trade publishing (fiction and non-fiction) was worth €1.671 billion in 2022: a 2.3% drop compared to 2021, but compared to 2019, Italians bought 13 million more books: the data presented at the Scuola per Librai Umberto and Elisabetta Mauri
Our activities

AIE carries out many activities to safeguard the publishing profession and its development. More specifically:

AIE represents publishers’ interests in the following areas: taxation, Copyright and other book-related legislation, and reading promotion.
AIE assists its members by providing legal and fiscal advice, drawing up agreements, and providing real-time information on relevant issues.
For over 20 years AIE has been offering courses, seminars and webinars to help publishers keep up to date with the sector’s constant evolution. It collaborates with the Master Course in Publishing of the University of Milan and Fondazione Mondadori, where it coordinates the modules on publishing industry and copyright.
AIE takes part in the most important book fairs in Italy and worldwide where it organizes collective stands. Nationally, AIE, as well as organising Più libri più liberi, has signed a memorandum of understanding with BolognaFiere and Lucca Crea and has joined the Organising Committee of BookCity Milano. Internationally, AIE collaborates with the Italian institutions to ensure publishers’ participation in the most important trade fairs abroad, as well as organises Italy’s presence as guest of honour at Livre Paris 2023 and Frankfurter Buchmesse 2024.
AIE offers its members an anti-piracy service to prevent and counter illegal use of editorial contents protected by copyright.
AIE is involved in EU policy-making on issues related to the book industry. It is a partner of Eudicom and coordinates Aldus, the European network of book fairs.
AIE periodically portrays the trends of the market and keeps its members and the media up to date on news, data, statistics and market analyses.
AIE is involved in the research and innovation of publishing technologies (standards, metadata, digital formats, web resolutions and persistent identifiers).
For years AIE has been committed to ensuring access to reading to all visually impaired people, thus promoting their social integration and active participation in the world of culture, school and work.
AIE is internationally active in the research and development of editorial standards. It is in charge of the ISBN agency for the Italian language area a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) registration agency.
AIE collects and organises data related to national textbook adoptions. It also provides all publishers with several services dedicated to the adoption of textbooks.
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.

Contact us
Milan +39 02 89280801
Rome +39 06 95222100