“La Independiente” Peruvian Publishers Fair

Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

La Independiente was born in 2017 as an exhibition, trade, and meeting space for the promotion of Peruvian publishing work, the productive exchange of ideas, management models and good publishing practices, and the dynamization of a wide offer of Peruvian content that highlights the diversity of the publishing sector. This initiative also aims to encourage reading habits, make visible the literary and artistic production of Peruvian authors, promote the development of publishers' catalogs, contribute to the professionalization of the book ecosystem agents and foster improved communication between participating providers and publishers.

This fair is organized by the Ministry of Culture and has the support of the Independent Publishers Association of Peru (EIP), a non-profit association the mission of which is to integrate and represent the interests of Peruvian independent publishers. This association represents a broad spectrum of the national production and is exclusively made up of publishers (legal entities) that publish and promote, with special emphasis, the works of Peruvian authors under the guidelines established to strengthen bibliodiversity.

La Independiente strengthens the capacities of civil society organizations through joint work with the public sector.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The third edition of "La Independiente" Peruvian Publishers Fair, which took place in April 2019 in the Kuelap Room of the Ministry of Culture, included 42 publishers from 13 regions of the country: Ancash, Arequipa, Cusco, Huanuco, Junin, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Loreto, Moquegua, Piura, Puno and San Martin.

This edition had more than 80 programmed activities. Over 40 book presentations stood out, addressing topics such as interculturality, illustration, gender, children and juvenile literature, horror, short story, novel, poetry, essay, testimony and digital books. Additionally, poetry recitals, expert round tables, book signings and four activities for children were conducted. Also, seven workshops took place within the program for the general public, touching on themes such as literary creation, physical and digital books publishing, picture books, among others.

CONECTA EDITORIAL aimed to promote the strengthening of the publishing sector agents.

In October 2017, an edition of La Independiente fair took place in Juliaca, in the atrium of the mother church of Santa Catalina. The Publishing Group "Hijos de la Lluvia" was the entity in charge of organizing this fair, which also received the support of the Decentralized Directorate of Culture of Puno. Within the framework of the aforementioned fair, the first National Assembly of Publishers was conducted, where 18 publishers from all over Peru participated, promoting association.


Likewise, the participation of La Independiente in the Lima International Book Fair expanded during 2018 and 2019.
In 2018, La Independiente had a stand in which 46 Peruvian independent publishers from 9 regions from all over the country (Lambayeque, Ancash, Lima, Huanuco, Junin, Cusco, Arequipa, Puno and Moquegua) were grouped.

In 2019, the stand of "La Independiente" brought together 48 publishers from 9 regions of Peru (Ancash, Arequipa, Cusco, Huanuco, Junin, Lima, Loreto, Piura and Puno) and the Implementation Unit 003 of the Ministry of Culture - Caral Archaeological Zone.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Approximately USD 31,641.8 per year

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Independent Publishers Association of Peru (EIP)
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The data generated by the participants or attendees to La Independiente allowed us to prepare a profile and a characterization of the Peruvian publisher, which is currently in progress and under evaluation.

Likewise, one of the tasks in progress is the positioning of the fair as a central activity in the publishing industry calendar, providing a greater number of dates that stimulate the activity of the sector throughout the year, and not only in limited occasions.

Finally, another challenge for the next years is to strengthen the use of virtual platforms and digital tools, thus promoting a space called "La Independiente Digital", which shall broaden the participation of publishers and citizens' access to goods and services.

Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Dominios culturales
Industria editorial
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