The editorial policy of the Cabildo Gran Canaria is a reference

Image of the dependencies of the Department of Editions of the Cabildo. / C7

In the premises of 'La Librería', which last year had a turnover of 118,000 euros, a good part of the titles promoted by the Corporation are sold

The Department of Editions of the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria was the first institutional service promoted in the Canary Islands dedicated entirely to the regular publication of titles
written by authors from the islandswhich began to discover very varied aspects of its history to the public from a didactic perspective.

Since then,
more than 5,000 titles make up its extensive catalog that has fostered an exemplary editorial policy that was articulated in its modern stage by being responsible for that department for two decades,
Jesus Bombin (from 1980 until his unfortunate death in 2000).

The next year 2023 marks precisely the
centenary of the first published title by the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, which appeared a decade after its constitution in 1913.

After those
'Proceedings in honor of Don Fernando León y Castillo. Parliamentary speeches and articles' A very important editorial work has been erected that, without unfairly competing with the private publishing sector of the Canary Islands, has led to the launch of an enormous scientific and historiographical documentation of undoubted interest for the knowledge of the Archipelago and its relationship with the outside world.

Budget

The department, which this year has a budget of
€104,000, It assumes as objectives to conserve the bibliographic heritage of the island, recovering it in new and rigorous editions; increase and spread the culture of Gran Canaria by publishing research works on the most varied thematic areas, as well as informative and general interest works.

Starting in 1997, he began to digitize its holdings are already published in other media, and since 2013 its publications have been published, in addition to being on paper, in an electronic version.

The angular space that implements and in which all this policy is staged is the local
La Librería, located in the central commercial area of ​​Trianaalso promoted by Bombín at the time when the nationalist Gonzalo Angulo served as Minister of Culture.

Opened in 1995, it was the first institutional bookstore in the Archipelago specializing in Canarian topics, confirming, after 25 years of existence, not only that the editorial product conceived in the Canary Islands
It is profitablebut there is an avid reader to learn about unique content linked to the Archipelago.

In Angulo's time
doubles the budget of Editions, which goes from 20 (in the previous stage of the socialist Ramos Camejo) to 40 million of the old pesetasconsolidating some of its stellar collections such as the travel collection, which began with the reprinting of the wonderful book by Olivia Stone, 'Tenerife and its six satellites', also doubling the appearance of other titles.

The Billing

The Cabildo Bookstore invoiced the last year 2021 the amount of
€118,000. The store's cash register is between seven and nine thousand euros a month, except for the months of December and January, when the Christmas and Three Kings campaign triggers sales among
15,000 and 20,000 euros.

At La Librería, which has a team made up of technicians
Cristian Jorge Millares, Javier García Sánchez and Eduardo González Pérez, The public can find, in addition to the titles published by the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, other editions of around twenty publishers, mainly from the Canary Islands, not counting self-published books.

It has an offer of
17,000 different titles, although the sale -without being exhausted-, reaches the figure of 11,000 approximately. Of the editorial offer in the market, the titles available in other languages ​​-English and German basically- without counting guides or maps,
they are about 40

History, narrative and nature are the subjects most in demand by a user of mostly local origin, although hiking guides and books on the history of the Canary Islands are usually the most sought after.

The best sellers in the last ten years

The five best-selling titles published by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria in the last ten years are: 'Recuerdos de un noventón', by Domingo José Navarro; the two books from the new collection La isla de los canarios, 'People, times and places', by Javier Velázquez and 'The guardians of the seeds', by Jacob Morales, 'Flora de Gran Canaria', by Gunther Kunkel, and the Guide to the Archaeological Heritage of Gran Canaria, edited in 2001 and dedicated precisely to Bombín, architect of the editorial strategy of the contemporary stage of the Cabildo. But if there is a title that has stood the test of time, it is the illustrated edition of 'Faycán', by Víctor Doreste, which Bombín commissioned in 1993 from the Canarian illustrator Gabriela Rubio.

Pending subject

It is the best seller in the published history of the department, although the Cabildo has not reissued it. It is the great suspense of its editorial policy:
the little investment made in the reissue of titles demanded over and over again by the reader such as 'Canarias chronicles of the conquest', the commented 'Guide to Archaeological Heritage', 'History of the Canary Islands', 'Guide to trails in Gran Canaria' or 'Las Palmas de GC through of cartography'.
Something incomprehensible.

On the other hand, the five best-selling titles in La Librería
in recent years of those published by other publishers are: 'Gran Canaria. Hiker's Guide', by Izabella Gawin; 'Chronology and synthesis of the conquest of Gran Canaria', by Juan Gabriel Santana; 'Datana. blood II. The trilogy of the conquest of the Canary Islands', by Carlos González; 'The History of the Canary Islands. The best historical compendium of the archipelago', by various authors; and 'Photography in Gran Canaria 1840-1940', by Gabriel Betancor.

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