Why are books so expensive in Spain?

Why are books so expensive in Spain?

If you've ever stepped into a Spanish bookshop and been shocked by the price tags you're not the only one. In Spain, you can expect to pay up to three times as much as you would for a book in the UK. So why is reading so expensive?

The 14 best books about the Spanish Civil War

The 14 best books about the Spanish Civil War

15 books to read in Spain this summer

15 books to read in Spain this summer

Ernest Hemingway’s favourite Spanish haunts

Ernest Hemingway’s favourite Spanish haunts

OPINION: ‘These are the things that make Madrid a celebration of daily life’

OPINION: ‘These are the things that make Madrid a celebration of daily life’

Shakespeare’s last play discovered hidden in archives in Spain

Shakespeare’s last play discovered hidden in archives in Spain

Tributes flood in for Spain’s ‘Shadow of the Wind’ author Carlos Ruiz Zafón, dead age 55

Tributes flood in for Spain’s ‘Shadow of the Wind’ author Carlos Ruiz Zafón, dead age 55

Madrid Bookie: The intimate literary salon with big ambitions

Madrid Bookie: The intimate literary salon with big ambitions

OPINION: ‘Mallorca is paradise – if you can stand it’

OPINION: ‘Mallorca is paradise – if you can stand it’

How a remarkable novel is helping Spain come to terms with the Basque Country’s violent past

How a remarkable novel is helping Spain come to terms with the Basque Country’s violent past

My Spanish Story: How a Madrid open mic night helped me find my voice

My Spanish Story: How a Madrid open mic night helped me find my voice

My Spanish story: Swapping the city for a writing life in the campo

My Spanish story: Swapping the city for a writing life in the campo

95-year-old poet wins top Spanish literary award

95-year-old poet wins top Spanish literary award

Ten books that tell you everything you need to know about Spain

Ten books that tell you everything you need to know about Spain

Why the Spanish Civil War continues to haunt Gothic literature

Why the Spanish Civil War continues to haunt Gothic literature

Surprising Ways Spain’s Historic Little Villages Are More Modern Than Madrid

Surprising Ways Spain’s Historic Little Villages Are More Modern Than Madrid

English Actually: Memoirs of an English teacher in Spain

English Actually: Memoirs of an English teacher in Spain

10 Madrid bookshops that are more than just bookshops

10 Madrid bookshops that are more than just bookshops

Five Spanish authors you should read this summer

Five Spanish authors you should read this summer

Swedish crime novelist Ekbäck writes women back into history

Swedish crime novelist Ekbäck writes women back into history

Gritty Barcelona inspires new generation of crime writers

Gritty Barcelona inspires new generation of crime writers

Greek political novelist is top draw at Spain mega-festival

Greek political novelist is top draw at Spain mega-festival

‘Detectives make natural story-tellers’ says crime writer

‘Detectives make natural story-tellers’ says crime writer

Barcelona bookstores reinvent themselves to survive

Barcelona bookstores reinvent themselves to survive

Spanish artist to draw controversial Millennium spin off comic books

Spanish artist to draw controversial Millennium spin off comic books

‘We keep a typewriter at the back for customers to punch out poems’

‘We keep a typewriter at the back for customers to punch out poems’

Carmen Balcells, legendary literary agent to Nobel prize winners, dies

Carmen Balcells, legendary literary agent to Nobel prize winners, dies

Crime literary fest draws crowds to northern Spain

Crime literary fest draws crowds to northern Spain

Small publishers flourish in Spain’s crisis

Small publishers flourish in Spain’s crisis

Spain’s ten most popular reads in 2014

Spain’s ten most popular reads in 2014

35 percent of Spaniards ‘don’t read books’

35 percent of Spaniards ‘don’t read books’

Barcelona book day hit by author strike

Barcelona book day hit by author strike

Guilty man returns books he stole 25 years ago

Guilty man returns books he stole 25 years ago

‘Textbooks should be like desks: always free’

‘Textbooks should be like desks: always free’