From February 2020 a new law regulates the rules on discounts applicable in the retail sale of books. To take advantage of shopping cart discounts on this site, you have to follow the instructions below. In case of further promotional initiatives, particular codes will be communicated to be inserted in the cart.

Generic discount of 5%

The discount will be applied to your cart. It cannot be combined with discounts provided for particular groups of users. Excluding subscriptions, volumes on offer, collections and publications by other publishers.

Agreements with associations and discounts reserved for authors

The discount will be applied to your cart. If the products were added to your cart before logging into your account, remember to refresh the checkout page after logging in so that the discount is applied correctly. They are entitled to discounts:

  • - Authors, which may require a variable discount (depending on the volume and agreements) on the volumes to which they have contributed.
  • Subscribers to Archeologia Medievale: free shipping in Italy; 10% on other subscriptions; 5% on all publications; excluding volumes on offer and collections.
  • The shareholders of SAMI (Società degli Archeologi Medievisti Italiani) , the shareholders ofANA (National Association of Archaeologists) and the shareholders of the CIA (Italian Confederation of Archaeologists) in good standing with the payment of membership fees: free shipping in Italy; 20% on publications published in collaboration with your association; 10% on subscriptions; 5% on other publications; excluding volumes on offer and collections.

To get the discounts:

  • Fill out the form below and send the request, Then Register and log in. As soon as we have checked the validity of the request, we will send you a confirmation and you will be able to take advantage of the discounts. The members of ANA, CIA e SdT must send a scan of the validity course card by e-mail ( The shareholders of SAMI need Archeologia Medievale must be in compliance with the payment of the annual fee. The Authors must indicate the reference volume.

The data will be used only for the purposes inherent to the requests. Complete information:

List of volumes with 20% discount for SAMI members, free shipping in Italy.

  • Publications published in collaboration with SAMI – Società degli Archeologi Medievisti Italiani.
  • Series edited by SAMI members – Società degli Archeologi Medievisti Italiani

List of volumes with 20% discount for ANA members, free shipping in Italy.

  • Publications published in collaboration with ANA – National Association of Archaeologists

Further information

When an Italian, driven by an unusual and uncontrollable desire, wishes to read a book, he resorts to one of the following ways:

  1. he asks the publisher for free, under any pretext.
  2. he asks the author as a gracious gift.
  3. try to get it from someone who got it for free from the publisher or author.
  4. he asks a friend to borrow it, with the secret intention of never giving it back.
  5. he borrows it from a public library.
  6. he looks for it in a circulating library.
  7. he steals it, if he can, from the house of an acquaintance or from the shop of a bookseller.

Only when all these seven ways fail or prove impracticable and impossible, only when every attempt to obtain the book without spending a penny is frustrated, only then does our Italian, if desire or necessity haunt him, take a heroic decision and he chooses the last and desperate means: he buys the book with his money.

Many people in Italy imagine - or pretend to imagine - that a book has no real cost and that therefore it can be asked for as a gift without shame or blush.
These parasites think that paper mills generously supply paper without presenting invoices or drawing drafts; that the ink factories enthusiastically follow this wonderful patronage custom; that composing and printing machines be offered to printers as Christmas presents; that gas and electricity companies never bother to send their bills to those who produce volumes; that the printing workers are supported with all their families, at the expense of unknown benefactors, without ever demanding wages and salaries from the owners of the printing works; that publishers, authors and booksellers feed on poured air, rainwater and morning dew.
That is, they believe or pretend to believe that books cost absolutely nothing to those who make them, and that therefore they can ask for them with impunity and serenely as a gift, like a wildflower or a pebble on the shore.

The misfortunes of the book in Italy, by Giovanni Papini, Vallecchi 1954.