Madrid, Sep 26 (EFE) .- The Madrid Book Fair that closes this Sunday, registered sales of 9.1 million euros (10.6 million dollars) figures that, although they represent a decrease of 10% compared to 2019, they are “essentially good” in an edition with capacity control due to the pandemic.
The 80th edition of the Fair, which this year had Colombia as a guest country, was held months late compared to its usual date, in spring, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it had a great response from both the authors and of the public.
“It is an essentially good figure for the recovery of the book sector in the framework of the pandemic”, explained this Sunday to the media the director of the Book Fair, Manuel Gil, after the 17 days that the booths remained open. booksellers and publishers in Madrid’s Retiro Park, in the center of the capital.
THE FAIR IN FIGURES
In total, there were 384,000 visitors, 1,700 authors who organized 4,500 signatures and more than 5,000 news in the media, more than a million entries to the Fair page, with 209,000 new users, among other magnitudes, in one edition ” so complex “according to Gil.
The Fair had to be done and it has gone reasonably very well, stressed Manuel Gil, who explained that the signatures of authors were very similar to those of 2019 and only on the day of last Saturday there were 500 acts of signatures in the different booths.
The capacity worked “extraordinarily well”, indicated the director, with a continuous renewal of the public and that is why the daily figures reached 20,000 or 22,000 people, with the aim of avoiding any type of problem and that security was “above all , even of the purely commercial elements “.
COLOMBIA, THE GUEST COUNTRY’S POLEMIC
The 80th edition of the Book Fair had Colombia as the guest of honor, a participation that generated controversy since several renowned Colombian authors claimed their presence after being excluded in the selection made by the Government of Iván Duque.
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