José Manuel Anta has a degree in Economics and Business from Madrid’s Complutense University. He did postgraduate studies in Foreign Trade at CEOE and in Market Research at Madrid’s Autonomous University. Since 1997 he has been the Director of the Federation of National Associations of Book Distributors (FANDE), an organization that includes over 180 companies that distribute books, magazines, newspapers and digital content. Since 2015, he has also been the Director of the International Publishing Distribution Association (IPDA), based in Madrid. He has spoken at numerous conferences about the book industry, publishing and digital content, including the Inter-American Publishers’ Conference, the Ibero-American Booksellers’ Congress, the Guadalajara Book Fair’s International Publishing Forum, the International Publishing Distribution Forum (Frankfurt), the Publishers’ Forum (Buenos Aires), the Publishing Fair (Turin), the Distripress Congress, the Congreso Nacional de Libreros, the Jornadas LIBER conference, the University Press Association Forum, the European Press Distribution Round Table and others. He is also the Coordinator of the International Event for Innovation in Books and Reading, Readmagine, held each year in Madrid. He has published articles and interviews in Spanish and overseas publications about the distribution of cultural and leisure products, including in El País, Delibros, Distripress Gazette, Intermedios Comunicación, Texturas, and Futurebook.