With a combined 576 locations–and reported plans for domestic and international expansion–the Chitai-Gorod Bukvoed bookselling merger predicts strong 2018 sales.
New reporting in the Russian news media say that the educational sector’s large runs and distribution to the provinces help make textbooks attractive to organized crime.
In the Russian market, some see online retail as a key to future sales growth, while major chains are seeing good book sales in physical stores.
Marina Kameneva, head of Russia’s largest bookstore chain, Moscow Books, on the number of bookstores, book sales, and readers in Russia today.
More than two years into its controversial plan for library system consolidations, staff leadership shakeups at Russia’s leading state libraries are part of a plan to eventually streamline and digitally network libraries across the country.
Small publishers in Russia see a book market unfairly dominated by large publishing groups and their control over the country’s major bookselling chains.
For all the excitement, tourism, and politically tinged analysis that FIFA’s 21st World Cup brought to Moscow, the books market seems to have come out cheering, too, with international visitors said to be asking for Russian reads.
As Ukraine’s bookselling prospects improve, the loss of the country’s open-air market book stalls may mean more challenges for the book business.
The Russian ebook distributor LitRes reports 45-percent growth year-over-year in ebook sales for the first half of this year. And Storytel, which ended its first year in May in the market, cites digital access over vast distances as a driver.
In Russia, there is a growing demand for English language learning. Russian publisher Prosveshchenie announces a joint venture with Pearson to supply educational material to the market