The Portuguese Association of Publishers and Booksellers (APEL) has the purpose, as its mission, to promote the sustainable development of the Book sector in Portugal, to defend copyright, to support editorial diversity, to continuously qualify industry professionals, and to take all of the actions necessary to promote editorial, distribution, and bookselling activities, both nationally and internationally, for the collective benefit of rights holders represented by the association.
APEL aims to encourage the production and promotion of literary works in the Portuguese language, published in Portugal in their various formats, contributing to ensure universal access to books and reading. Additionally, its goal is to promote an increase in the literacy level of our society.
Through various partnerships and collaborations with diverse stakeholders, whether public or private, the Association seeks to ensure the presence of Portuguese books on the international stage and drives the discussion on challenges and opportunities. This proactive approach seeks to prepare the sector for anticipated innovations and technological transformations in the future.
In the words of Pedro Sobral, President of APEL, “More than just an event about books, Book 2.0 is an invitation to explore together the future of books and education and to discuss solutions for the upcoming challenges. The goal of APEL, as its organizing Entity, is to promote reading and drive literacy, alongside the evolution and resulting social transformations, while keeping a keen eye on new digital demands, inclusion, and sustainability – all of which are crucial for the prosperity of the industry.”
The first edition of Book 2.0 is supported by several partners in a joint mission to transform the landscape of the publishing industry in Portugal and bring prosperity to the future of reading, the future of books.