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.
Called an an effort to ‘optimize the work of all major libraries,’ Russia’s plan to merge digital collections of several libraries is seeing resistance.
Despite its stance among the top three children’s publishers in Russia, the Danish media corporation Egmont has sold its Russian operation to shareholders.
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.