Larger book publishing companies in Russia attract more government support, say critics, while smaller houses struggle to keep up.
Tanzania has banned private companies from publishing textbooks, citing poor quality. Some stakeholders question the government’s ability to oversee textbook production.
‘To provide students with critical, analytical and logical skills,’ Mozambique’s education minister says that his revamped approach for the country provides a unified catalog of textbooks.
Citing ‘centuries of history that proclaim the fact that culture will beat ignorance,’ Italy’s prime minister set in motion the new €500 grants for the country’s 18-year-olds.
Russia’s Ministry of Culture promises favorable rent rates to bookshops, but how much can that help with a dearth of Russian bookstores?
In a bid for fairness in assignments, artists and writers are ranked to determine who is sent to festivals and given honoraria. Applicants rated by a ‘high-powered committee.’
In India, dozens of writers have returned awards from the National Academy of Letters to protest the government’s unwillingness to criticize violence connected with Hindu nationalism.
Mexico’s publishing industry has great potential, but the lack of organized government is a persistent problem, argues Déborah Holtz of Trilce Ediciones.
The Audiovisual and Radio State Committee of the Ukraine has found 38, mostly political science books, “anti-Ukrainian” and banned them.
In Greece, publishers have stopped printing and bookstore sales have dropped of as much as 90% since new capital controls went into effect in June.