The first fair dedicated to small and medium publishers, Più Libri Più Liberi (also known as Rome Book Fair) conveys its message directly through its name: more books for more freedom. 2016 marked the 15th edition of the fair, which through the years has established itself as one of the most beloved in Italy, both by publishers and readers, who every December take advantage of the possibility to discover lesser known titles or to meet beloved publishing houses and talk directly to those who run them. Being held on the first weekend of December, it is also a remarkable occasion to start shopping for Christmas presents; a fact that obviously has positive financial outcome for participating publishers. One of the peculiarities of the fair is also its attention to professional visitors. Although it is indeed a generalist fair, who never forgets that the reader is central to the well-being of the industry, the professional venue has acquired more and more importance throughout the years, and the Fellowship programme (now ALDUS Fellowship Program) has brought (and will keep bringing) international publishers to the fair to discover small and medium size Italian publishers and their catalogues. The Program has helped many publishers creating relations that blossomed into useful collaboration and a continuous rights trade. Other important parts of the fair are its general programme, who always brings major authors and intellectuals to speak in front of interested crowds of readers, its professional programme, focused on bringing necessary knowledge to publishers (avalaible in streaming on the fair’s website) and Più Libri Più Idee, a collaborations with all the most important universities of Rome and Lazio region to bring publishing experts into their lecture halls, to develop and train tomorrow’s publishing professionals.
Aldus is the European Book Fairs’ network, offering book professionals new opportunities to develop their careers internationally, building capacities and collaboration opportunities through dedicated events, professional content resources, networking and training activities.