Larger book publishing companies in Russia attract more government support, say critics, while smaller houses struggle to keep up.
As publishers in Ukraine continue to struggle, the country’s ban on importing Russian-language books has led to decreased consumer demand and fewer titles.
As an American author and her Russian publisher reveal, literary censorship is ongoing, and reports indicate that Moscow is increasing its efforts.
Russia’s book piracy problem seems to be getting worse: in a new survey, two out of three respondents say they believe downloading pirated content is legal.
Amid reports that Detskaya Literatura will be privatized comes word that Arkady Rotenberg has sold out of Russian educational publisher Prosveshchenie.
Once awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor for ‘the communist education of children and youth,’ the Soviet-born Detskaya Literatura is being sold.
In a bid to build a comprehensive digital educational content platform for Russia, the publisher Prosveshcheniye creates a partnership with ISP Yandex.
Without much in the way of economic initiatives, Russia’s support measures for publishers and booksellers leave most of the effort to regional governments.
Reports in Russia describe a 60-percent growth in ebook sales last year, and analysts say digital formats may grow at 30 to 50 percent for years to come.
Amid debate about whether EPUB may not be more suitable, the key ebook retailer in Russia announces a move to a new version of the FictionBook format, .fb3.