An Espresso with Raúl Pérez, Planeta’s Publishing Division

BolognaBookPlus catches up with some of its broad community, ranging from exhibitors to speakers and partners, for a quick interview in the time it takes to have an Espresso. Read their views on books, publishing, food, and more! Today we catch up with Raúl Pérez, Head of Digital at Planeta´s Publishing Division.






What are you reading at the minute?

Drifts by Kate Zambreno.


What is the best thing about going to international book fairs?

Getting to meet inspiring people in a different landscape.


If you could have been any famous writer, whom would it have been, and why?

James Salter, blessed with such a gift to capture the transcendent essence of any moment.


Is your reading preference for physical books, audio, ebooks, and why?

Generally speaking, I'd go for print books. But audio is great for Non Fiction and Commercial Literature, while doing something else like cooking, walking or ironing. I really enjoy listening to audiobooks. Ebooks are convenient when travelling.


What is your favourite Italian food?

Parmesan cheese (with a good red wine).


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Eradicating stupidity (then I'd address unhappiness).


What do you consider to be publishing’s greatest threat at the minute, and why?

The lack of diversity derived from market concentration in almost every country. Small and medium size publishers are fundamental to the ecosystem. 


What one thing would make your job significantly easier?

Leaving behind the dominant print-centric vision of the book. As publishers we are not supposed to decide whether a format (or a sales model) is good or not: readers (and listeners) should be given the choice.