Reports say the ban proposed to Ukraine’s parliament members would require a book from Russia to have permission from a special public commission to be imported.
Russia’s Ministry of Culture promises favorable rent rates to bookshops, but how much can that help with a dearth of Russian bookstores?
Russian education publishers are concerned about publisher Prosveshenye, which they say has a monopoly in supplying educational materials to Moscow schools.
Books published with financing from ‘undesirable’ and ‘foreign agent’ funds are said to be in jeopardy. The Russian Ministry of Culture says such concerns are groundless.
The Russian government has embarked on a plan to merge the collections of the St. Petersburg and Moscow State Libraries.
Russian’s Book Chamber reports a decline of 5.37 percent in circulation of books and pamphlets in 2015 over 2014, as ebooks’ popularity rises.
LitRes, Russia’s dominant ebookseller, is helping to develop the country’s National Digital Library, which is expected to host 1.5m + titles by 2018.
Putin’s government plans to offer tax breaks and other benefits to booksellers who let the government pick patriotic titles for in store promotions.
With the number of bookstores in Russia in free fall as a result of rising rents, the Russian government is extending subsidies to support retailers.
Russian publishers are fighting a government mandate that requires them to offer ebook editions of all their titles for a new national digital library.