Getting lost and finding yourself again is the theme of this year’s Più libri più liberi, which celebrates its 20th anniversary. As has become tradition, the Nuvola is the venue for the small and medium-sized independent publishing fair, which has become a key appointment for authors, publishers, artists, and reading enthusiasts and beyond. A multifaceted cultural kaleidoscope.

It is a success that is confirmed by the great numbers: 500 exhibitors from all over the country present their new products and their catalog covering around 100 categories to the public. Five days and over 600 appointments in which to listen to authors, attend dialogues, lectures, debates, and meet professional operators. A particularly rich program of national and international guests, brought to Rome a boundless breadth of great social and political thematics, literary threads that fascinate readers everywhere, and suggestive intertwining of styles and contents.

Among the great national and international names, we mention Azar Nafisi, Alessandro Baricco, Michela Murgia, Roberto Saviano, Alberto Angela, and many others. Its detailed schedule is a helpful guide through the intricacies of the show.


The initiatives presented as part of the event always stand out for their high quality and for the cultural function they perform. Among the events of particular interest, I mention the calendar of the Center for books and reading, which began with appointments for children and teachers, in addition to the institutional ones of the AIE, the Lazio Region, and the Libraries of Rome. Added to these are the meetings with guests organized by the major Italian newspapers and television. The final of the seventh edition of the Strega Prize for girls and boys was also held at the fair, which saw the winners Nadia Terranova and Mara Cerri. An overview was also dedicated to the trendiest phenomena in the sector with various appointments dedicated to e-commerce, e-books, and comics, with an in-depth look at the growing audiobook market. Those who cannot visit the fair in person have MORE TV BOOKS available. The platform, with a small contribution, makes live coverage of events available, which can also be viewed on a deferred basis.


Small and micro publishing companies are growing both in number and in market share. The market share of publishing houses also continues to grow up to 25 million sold at cover price, reaching 45.2%. Half (50%) of the titles on the market are from medium, small and micro publishers, reaching 671,000 “commercially alive” titles in 2021 (+3% compared to 2020). Finally, it is always very difficult to name just a few of the 500 publishers present. For this reason, all those publishers who resist, despite the competition from the majors, certainly deserve a mention, producing noteworthy literary goodies.

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