Books in Spain

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In 2018, two firms in Spain ranked among the world's biggest publishers of books in terms of revenue: Grupo Planeta and Grupo Santillana.[1][nb 1] In 2013, there were 524,213 titles in print in Spain, including 76,434 new titles.[4]


"The first Spanish press was set up in 1473 at Valencia, where the German trading company of Ravensburg had an important base.... Publishing flourished in the early period at Barcelona, Burgos, Zaragoza, Seville, and the university towns of Salamanca and Alcalá de Henares."[5] The Instituto Nacional del Libro Español (National Book Institute) formed in 1941.[6] As of 2004 Spain had some 2,000+ book publishers in the private sector, including Prensa Española [es], and Prisa.[7] As of 2013 there were 809 publishing enterprises.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designated Madrid the 2001 World Book Capital.




See also[edit]

Literature of Spain
Medieval literature
Miguel de Cervantes
Generation of '98
Generation of '27
• Literature subsequent to the Civil War


  1. ^ The same two also topped the list in 2016 in 2017.[2][3]


  1. ^ "The World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2018", Publishers Weekly, US, vol. 265, no. 38, 14 September 2018
  2. ^ "World's 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016", Publishers Weekly, US, 26 August 2016
  3. ^ "World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2017", Publishers Weekly, US, 25 August 2017
  4. ^ Federación de Gremios de Editores de España (2014), "Spanish book market data" (PDF), IPA Country Report, International Publishers Association
  5. ^ "History of Publishing". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Instituto Nacional del Libro Español". (in Spanish). Biblioteca Nacional de España. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. ^ De Mateo 2004.
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