10 new bookstores for Mondadori Retail

Training for booksellers and digitization at the core of the chain’s strategy for a new relationship with readers and customers

The offer is also reinforced with the new Just Comics format, an in-store comics factory


Mondadori Retail, the company that manages Italy’s most extensive chain of bookstores, continues its development strategy with the opening of con 10 new sales outlets across the country.

The new Mondadori Bookstores – both directly managed and franchised – that will open in the coming months will be supported by a plan to strengthen the offer, digitization and the launch of a training programme for booksellers.

“In a year that has been characterised by great dynamism in the book sector, we think that it is a real priority to invest in both the development of physical stores and the enhancement of services,” declared Carmine Pernachief executive of Mondadori Retail. “Preference will be given to medium-sized shops, managed directly in the larger towns and cities and as franchises in smaller centres, with the aim of responding to the cultural needs of the local communities with an offer the corresponds to the customer. We will also offer specific training to our booksellers and new digital tools to encourage and expand the relationship with readers across the country,” Perna concluded.

A new Mondadori Bookstore has opened in Milan, within Bicocca Village. This directly-managed shop will be a point of reference for book lovers with over 10,000 titles available, from fiction to non-fiction, classics and comics, a sector dedicated to kids and young adults, with films and toys, and s selection of quality stationery, gift boxes and gift cards.

Another new opening took place at the end of May in Pontecagnano (Salerno): where the nee Mondadori Bookstore will enhance the offer of the Centro Maximall with the best of Mondadori’s offer of culture and entertainment.

By the end of July other new Mondadori Bookstores will be opened in Portogruaro (Venice), in the Adriatico2shopping mall and in San Martino Buon Albergo (Verona), inside Le Corti Venete, to be followed in the autumn by another three directly-managed stores in central-north regions.

Also franchised openings will continue: following those in March and April in Cava de Tirreni, L’Aquila, Avella, Naples and Frascati, new affiliated booksellers will open another three Mondadori Bookstores in the centre and south of Italy before the end of the summer.

As well as reinforcing the shops, the Mondadori Retail strategy is focused on enhancing specific market segments, expanding the in-store assortment with the introduction of the Just Comics format: an in-store comics factory, to give more visibility to a publishing area that is meeting with increasing public interest.

Just Comics is already present in Milan with an entire floor dedicated to the segment in the Rizzoli Galleria book shop and the Mondadori Megastore in Piazza Duomo, in the Mondadori Bookstores in Arese, Padua, Bologna, and  both the Via Appia and Fiumicino stores in Romeand with an extensive section in the main shops of the chain, as well as on With a selection of over 10,000 comic and illustrated titles, that go from manga to graphic novels and superheroes, it will be a new point of reference of all comics fans and everyone who wants to discover a world full of stories.

Mondadori Retail has also launched an extensive training programme for booksellers, which aims to reinforce the skills of the teams in the directly-managed stores, by enhancing important aspects of the relationship with readers, from when they arrive in the shop until they make a purchase. For the franchise chain, a series of meetings will begin in the autumn aimed at providing booksellers and the entrepreneurs who have decided to affiliate with the chain with the tools and knowledge necessary to develop their skills.

Particular attention is also being given to digital services, which are increasingly central in the relationship with readers and the buying process, which have been designed around the needs of new consumers. The entire catalogue – with over 1 million titles, including books in Italian and in original languages, school textbooks, eBooks, eReaders, films in DVD and Blu-ray, music of every kind, toys, gift ideas and stationery products – is accessible also through free multichannel services, selecting between the Pick Up PointPrenota e Ritira (Order & Collect) and Invia a casa (Delivery) options.

There is also an expansion of the range of new cashless services, such as Scalapay, available from June, which enables customers of the online channel to pay by instalments, and a  pay by mail solution, which will be up and running by the end of the year, to pay remotely for purchases made in store.

The logistics area – essential to ensure an increasingly efficient service for both customers and booksellers – is also being upgraded, with the optimisation of the entire process – from orders to delivery– with the autumn introduction of dropshipping, an innovative distribution model that makes it possible to reduce delivery times.

Mondadori Store: bookshops open across Italy with an extensive offer of books, entertainment, new online services and events

The Christmas campaign begins: “Give the gift of a story, and move someone you love”

Books offer experience, enjoyment, reflection: essential goods that the Mondadori Store bookshops continue to provide to people around the country at more than 550 shops open across the entire county, while also ensuring maximum protection of the heath of customers and staff.

In this period, Italy’s most extensive bookshop network is inviting readers to spend some free time in a bookshop to bring forward the tradition moment of buy books as Christmas gifts with a campaign entitled, “Regala una storia, emoziona chi ami” (“Give the gift of a story, and move someone you love”). An initiative which, in line with the appeal made by AIE – Associazione Italiana Editori (the Italian Publishers’ Association) and ALI – Associazione Librai Italiani (the Italian Association of Booksellers), underlines the importance of avoiding queues and crowds in store and reduce waiting times in the lead up to Christmas, and promoting the book as the perfect Christmas gift.

The entire offer, with over 1 million titles in the catalogue, as well as music, films, toys, stationery and eReaders, is always available through free multichannel services, along with home delivery: Pick Up Point, to comfortably collect in store products bought online; Prenota e ritira, with which you can order online and collect and pay in the store or at one of the 11,00 post offices around the country, and Invia a casa, to have a product ordered in store deliver straight to you home.  Customers can also take advantage of the new Satispay service, which is already active at more than 150 Mondadori Stores, to safely and securely pay using just your smartphone.

Plus, for the sixth year in a row, Cesvi volonteers will be at participating Mondadori Stores in all of the main Italian cities and towns to gift-wrap customers’ purchases. A successful partnership in support of the Cesvi initiative for the prevention and fight against the maltreatment of children in the cities of Bergamo, Bari and Naples. With a small donation, customers can make a contribution to this important project.

Mondadori Store digital events will also continue with leading players from the world of arts and entertainment who will meet the public in exclusive online events: The Zen Circus on 20 November; Fabrizio Moro in 25 November; and Simon & The Stars on 3 December.

The Mondadori Store Christmas communication campaign, developed by the Canali&C. agency, will be on air on radio, in store, with posters and videowall at points of sale, and online with newsletters, on the website and the networks social media profiles. celebrates its 20th anniversary

Record of over 40 million visits in 2020

The e-commerce site of the Mondadori bookstores celebrates with promotions, initiatives and digital events, the e-commerce site of the Mondadori bookstores, is 20 and is celebrating this anniversary with readers with a range of initiatives, promotions and instore digital events with personalities from the world of arts and entertainment.

Created in 2000 with an offer dedicated exclusively to books, was among the pioneers of online retail. Today it is one of the leading media stores on the web, thanks to a vast assortment of products for leisure, ranging from books to music, films, toys stationery and eReaders.

“We were among the first players in the Italian market to support our bookshops around country with e-commerce: an activity that enabled us to expand the sales channels of our network and rapidly establish the presence of Mondadori Store also online,” declared Carmine Perna, chief executive of Mondadori Retail. “Always attentive to the evolution in buying habits, over the years we have developed a range of integrated services that bring together the online world of Mondadori Store with that of our over 550 physical stores, in order to bring our offer to readers, wherever they are. A service that in recent times, as never before, has shown itself to be essential in maintaining the relationship between the public and bookstores, with visits to the site increasing by more than three times during the lockdown period, compared with the previous year, and a record of over 40 million estimated visits in 2020.”

Over these last 20 years, the team has responded to the challenges of innovation by creating successful original formats, alongside new services, to offer the public and omni-channel experience: from the first publishing cases on the web to the most recent music trends, such as Korean pop,  and the first instore digital events with national and international authors and artists  launched in a time of social distancing.

The inititives

Piero Armenti, Silvia Avallone, Massimo Bisotti, Federica Bosco, Glenn Cooper, Andrea De Carlo, Gordon, Q4, Licia Troisi, Marzia Sicignano, Paolo Stella and many other writers, YouTubers and protagonists of the great events of Mondadori Store, have celebrated the anniversary with a video-message on the Mondadori Store social media profiles.

To mark the anniversary, from today and for 20 days, is offering free delivery on all purchases and exceptional discounts books, bestsellers in the music and film category and a selection of gift ideas. Plus, coming soon, many new online events, including Francesco Sole and other guests in exclusive chat rooms with readers.

The initiative will be accompanied by a communication campaign with the claim “Click e a capo” involving all media: the web, social, dem, radio and in store. The advertising, overseen by the agency Canali&C., plays ironically with some of the events linked to the history of publishing and lifestyle in the last 20  years: in “2002: the word selfie didn’t exist”, “2006: we were still good at football”, “2010: I’ll follow you no longer sounds like a threat”, “2018: Garbo is no longer the most famous Greta.”

On it is possible to choose from a catalogue of over 1 million titles, including books in Italian and other languages, school textbooks and eBooks, as well as the best eReaders and accessories to read in complete freedom, plus films on DVD and Blu-ray, music of all kinds,, toys, gift ideas and stationery products. The entire offer of Italy’s most extensive network of bookstores is always available through free multi-channel services, such as Pick Up Point, to collect in store a product bought online; Prenota e ritira, the possibility of ordering online and paying and collecting in store or at one of  Italy’s 11,000 post offices, and Invia a casa, to have delivered at home products bought in a bookstore.

The online buying experience is enhanced also by a broad range of editorial content curated by a staff of experts and enthusiastic readers who every day indicate “what’s new”, promotions and events related to the world of publishing and entertainment. In addition, there are also thematic pointers to the most interesting new titles and news about niche or specialised titles for fans and those in the business.

Mondadori Store: ten new franchised bookstores

New in stores to open in Campania, Puglia, Lazio, Sicily and Marche

Mondadori Store, Italy’s most extensive chain of bookshops, will expand its network of franchised stores with a plan of new openings that is mainly focused on the central and southern regions of the country.

Ten new stores will open this summer, increasing the unique offer – in Campania, Puglia, Lazio, Sicily and Marche – of books, reading recommendations, activities and events with personalities from the worlds of literature, music and entertainment that characterises Mondadori Store bookshops.

“In recent months our booksellers have been working energetically to ensure that Italian families continue to have access to our editorial offer, confirming, once again, the important socio-cultural role of bookshops.
Today, our commitment to sustaining and supporting the diffusion of book and reading is made even more concrete thanks to new entrepreneurs who have chosen to be part of the Mondadori Store network at a particularly important time for the country’s entire economic and social system,” declared  Carmine Perna, chief executive of Mondadori Retail.

In both large cities and small towns, the Mondadori Group company that manages the bookshop chain extensively covers the whole country and every year serves – between its stores and on the web site – over 20 million customers.
The model focuses on the quality of the buying experience, multichannel services and events, with the needs of the customer-reader always at the centre.

So, the news from the Mondadori Store network includes, the opening in the coming days of the new Mondadori Bookstore del Vomero, in a new location in Naples: a large bookstore on three floors, in the heart of the Vomero district. The reopening of the store in Naples adds to the recently inaugurated store in Cava De’ Tirreni (Salerno) inside the Cavese shopping mall. July will see a new Mondadori Bookstore in Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Caserta) in the main street in the centre of the town, and a Mondadori Point in the historic centre of Angri (Salerno).

Another three shops will open in July in Puglia with new Mondadori Points in the centre of Gravina di Puglia (Bari) and Alberobello (Bari), and a new Mondadori Bookstore in the main street in the historic centre of Francavilla Fontana (Brindisi).

Other regions that have seen the opening of new franchised Mondadori Bookstores include: in Lazio, where there is now also a Mondadori Bookstore in the Boccea area of Rome; in Sicily, with located in the centre of the city on the seafront; in Marche with the opening of a Mondadori Bookstore in Fermo, in the pedestrian precinct of the city’s historic medieval centre.


Mondadori Store reopens the doors of its bookshops across Italy

The bookshops of the Mondadori Store chain will reopen to the public across the whole country, while ensuring the safety of customers, booksellers and staff. From next week, with the opening of shops also in Lombardy, Piedmont and Campania, all of the more than 550 directly-owned and franchise outlets in the chain in Italy will be open, subject to further indications from local and regional authorities.

In recent weeks, the Mondadori Group’s bookshop chain has prepared for the gradual reopening of its outlets with a personalised programme based on the size of the shop – small, medium, large – their location – central or in shopping malls – and the specific characteristics of each shop and the indications of the different regions regarding anti-contagion protocols.

“We will restart from where we left off. In over a month of lockdown we have continued to offer a service to readers with home deliveries. We have also put our range of stories, events, culture and entertainment online so that our bookstores – even virtually – can continue to be places to meet and exchange ideas. Now we are starting up the engine again, giving priority to the safety of our customers and our people,” declared Carmine Perna, chief executive of Mondadori Retail.

In all the bookshops of the chain, using the message “Per fare tanto, basta poco” (It doesn’t take much, to make a big difference), Mondadori Store welcomes visitors back, reminding them of a few simple rules to enable everyone to have access to the shop, look at books, ask for advice: at wait their turn at the entrance, while maintaining a safe distance and using the hand sanitiser, facemasks and disposable gloves available. But customers can always also check the availability of a title on or by contacting the shop directly and choosing either to collect their book from the shop or have it delivered at home.

There is also a free personal shopping telephone service called “Il tuo libraio” (Your bookseller): a direct line to the Mondadori Store booksellers, who are available to offer customers advice and suggestions targeted to their preferences and enthusiasms, as well as pointers to new authors, and the possibility of buying a suggested book delivered at home, for oneself or as a gift.

Mondadori Store will also give an account on social media, using photographic contributions by its booksellers, of the return to a form of normality in the bookshops. The galleries can be found on and

Mondadori Store communication campaign in support of the reopening of the bookshops and welcoming back its customers, has been curated by the Canali&C. agency, and will run across a range of media: on radio, with a spot on air from 11 May on the RadioMediaset stations, in store, with posters and videowalls in the stores, on the web, with newsletters and advertising on and the chain’s social media profiles.

More information and contact details for all the stores is available at

Mondadori Store delivers culture and entertainment to the homes of readers

Coming soon: a new service “Il tuo libraio” (“Your bookseller”): Mondadori Store booksellers provide reading recommendations

Readings, recommendations and online events with writers and personalities: also when the doors of bookshops are closed and the streets deserted, Mondadori Store remains a socio-cultural beacon reaching out to Italian families in their homes with an offer of books and entertainment and bringing readers, booksellers and authors closer together.

As a way of supporting its public, providing moments of relaxation and support in this new day-to-day existence, the Mondadori Group’s bookstore chain has launched “Mondadori Storie”: a daily programme of content on Facebook and Instagram to accompany readers from morning – with some of the great openings of novels, both classics and new titles – till night-time – with stories for children, suggested by children – and to engage fans with thematic challenges and keep the whole family entertained thanks to social events with special guests.
The Mondadori Store week of events on social networks begins with a good-mood look at the stars, every Monday morning with a literary horoscope before continuing with book presentations, readings and workshops aimed at parents and children of all ages, with expert recommendations on how to best face time away from school. Artists and authors will meet the public also in videochats and respond to users’ questions and curiosities.

And, coming soon, a brand new free personal shopping telephone service for readers called “Il tuo libraio (Your bookseller): a direct line of communication with Mondadori Store booksellers, available to customers to provide reading suggestions, advice based on preferences and new tips, with also the possibility to buy books and have them delivered, for personal use or as a gifts.
Full information will be available on the Facebook and Instagram pages of Mondadori Store.
Fiction, non-fiction, miscellaneous and classic titles, as well as cartoons and children’s books. In fat, on the web site it is possible to choose from a selection of over 1 million titles, as well as music, films, stationery, toys and e-Readers.

Mondadori Store opens a new bookshop in the Carrefour shopping mall in Limbiate

Mondadori Store, Italy’s largest bookstore chain, has opened a new store at the Carrefour shopping mall in Limbiate, on the outskirts of Milan.

With its rich variety of editorial products, the new Mondadori Bookstore will be a reference point for all lovers of culture and entertainment.
The directly managed bookshop has an area of over 200 square metres with an assortment of 10,000 titles including fiction, non-fiction, classics, comics and a sector aimed at children and teenagers, with books and toys. Visitors will also find the latest music releases and a selection of the best stationery products, gift boxes and gift cards.

From large cities to smaller towns, the model of the Mondadori Group network of bookstores focuses on the quality of the shopping experience, multi-channel services and events, while always focusing on the needs of the customer-reader.

Customers can take advantage of all the Mondadori Store services, such as Pick Up Point, which allows you to pick up a book purchased on free of charge at the point of sale, choosing from a catalogue of over 1 million titles; Order and collect, or the ability to order a book online and then collect and buy it in the store; Home delivery, to have a product ordered in the store delivered straight to your home.

Mondadori Store: new opening at the ELNÒS shopping mall

The Brescia area now has 7 bookstores

LEO, a luminous artwork by Marco Lodola at the Mondadori Megastore in Piazza Duomo in Milan

With an artwork named after the great genius, Mondadori Store continues the city of Milan’s 2019 commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

Appropriately in the square that is the symbol of Milan, Piazza Duomo, an imposing luminous installation by Marco Lodola dominates the outside of the Mondadori Megastore LEO, which is the name of the artwork that Marco Lodola has dedicated to “Leonardo, an illuminated man”, features the face of the genius and with its universally recognised characteristics, his beard and, in an abstract manner, the powerful gaze which the artists expresses with luminous bands of coloured light that harmoniously intertwine symbolising the maestro’s infinite skills, the immensity of his work and the great significance of his discoveries.

The collaboration between Mondadori Store and the artist continues also in the collection “st’art. Art for everyone”, a project of the Mondadori Group’s bookshop chain the every month successfully promotes an exhibition of contemporary art.

The work inspired by Leonardo da Vinci leads on to a series of neon sculptures produced by Lodola and on display on the façade of the Mondadori Megastore in Piazza Duomo: from Eden (2015), a luminous dancer, and female symbol of an uncontaminated Eden, holding up a red apple, the colour of life and passion, to the celebrated head-butt by Zidane against Materazzi immortalised in a 3 metre-high installation in plexiglass and LED entitled Mio cugino (2016), in a clear reference to the popular Italian description of the French as “our cousins across the Alps”. And ending with LuminosaMente (2016), a large open book, symbol, symbolising reading, that for months has illuminated the centre of Milan.

“C’è vita, in un libro. La tua”: Mondadori Store launches its new book promotion campaign

Young readers are protagonists

Mondadori Store has launched a new campaign for the promotion of books and reading entitled “C’è vita, in un libro. La tua” (There’s life, in a book, yours) and giving a voice to younger readers.

The initiative by the Mondadori Group bookshop chain, now in its second edition, aims to enhance the reading experience through authentic testimonies from readers.

“Through its bookshops, Mondadori Store contributes to an important social mission that encourages the spread of books across the whole country and actively promotes the importance of reading,”  declared Francesco Riganti, marketing director of Mondadori Retail. “For us, readers are the best witnesses of the message. This year we have chosen today’s younger readers as the protagonists of the initiative in the hope that they will become the big readers of tomorrow.”

Based on an idea by the artist Mr. SaveTheWall, the project will involve over 40 children of between 4 and 11 years old, who will be interviewed in two special sessions of Bookshot, short video and photo shootings by the artist with the support of the psychologist and psychotherapist Stefania Andreoli.

Each of the children will talk about their favourite book, bringing to life, in their own words and imaginations, to the emotions evoked by reading it. An intimate moment, also a family relations, and the fruit of discovery, joy, amusement, dreams: resulting in precious testimony to the importance of reading from early childhood.

“Despite the efforts of my parents, I was late in discovering the pleasure and importance of reading. Over the years I have reflected on the fact that it reading recommendations had come from a child of my own age, perhaps it would have been more credible and convincing and I would have gained valuable time. Today, thanks to Mondadori Store, I have had the privilege of confirming this feeling, with an artistic project based on the engaging spontaneity of “young readers”. They are truly amazing,” commented Mr. SaveTheWall.

“It was astonishing to hear the account of a favourite book in the words of the little ones. In fact, we have always encouraged children to read, encouraging parents to get them started early in the most appropriate and effective ways. In this case, however, we are witnessing a first time: the spectacle of those who become, how they think, and the rich and intense internal world that our children develop when we give them the opportunity to be readers,” added Stefania Andreoli.

All of the content will be available on, that will bring together also the testimony of readers invited to participate in the initiative by sharing on social media networks their favourite book using the hashtag #condividiunlibro.

The campaign, which will run from 15 November, will be arranged across four print and video subjects of 30’’ and 60’’, and can be seen on newspapers and magazines, the web and on the social networks Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, in all of the bookshops of the Mondadori Store chain and on as well as on digital screens in railway and metro stations, in shopping malls and in urban centres. The creative proposal has been developed by the agency Action & Branding.

“This is a very ambitious project which has brought to life a wonderful experience. Combining the creative idea of an agency with art was a complex challenge that has generated content that we really love. I am sure that tis project represents an innovative form of communication of considerable interest to the public and with an excellent impact on the brand,” concluded, Alessandro Pedrazzini, CEO of Action&Branding.