With Russian books accounting for up to 60 percent of its market, Ukraine’s ban on those titles is alarming the country’s publishers and booksellers.
With book production down 40 percent in Russia, the country’s publishers are looking to favorable book pricing as a source of revenue growth in 2017.
In snowy Moscow, the ‘non/fictioNo 18′ fair saw nearly 300 exhibitors this year amid publishers’ talk of improving business.
Purchases of close to 200,000 copies of textbooks in some parts of the Moscow school system are deemed incorrectly influenced by municipal recommendations in favor of one publisher.
Russia’s Eksmo-owned LitRes announces its goal to boost its current 7,000 audiobooks on offer to 50,000 of them—in five years.
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.