Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 333–346 | Cite as

Digitization and Business Models in the Spanish Publishing Industry

  • Marta Magadán-DíazEmail author
  • Jesús I. Rivas-García


This paper analyzes how technological change and digitalization in the Spanish publishing sector is challenging existing business models and encouraging publishers to modify their portfolios of products and competencies. A qualitative analysis (case study) of three Spanish publishers is carried out. The practical implications of the research are that digital products and services are still considered secondary to the analog book. On the other hand, the proportion of titles available in digital formats is still small. To all this, the lack of a common dominant design for digital publication is added, which represents an uncertainty for editors, to which must be added the lack of institutional support. For the time being, Spanish publishers are simply selling digital versions of their paper books on digital distribution platforms, trying to minimize risks by betting on positively contrasted works in the traditional paper-based business model.


Digitalization Publishing industry Innovation Business model Digital content E-book Spain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International University of La Rioja, UNIRLogroñoSpain

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