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.
Politics and a 15% drop in sales in 2014 has prompted Eksmo to sell its stake in Ukraine’s Logos-Trans, which operates 50 Book Supermarket stores across the country.
In Russia, a recent tender for school textbooks was so lopsided, with Prosveshcheniye dominating, that several competitors are already announcing lay offs.
France’s Hachette Livre has extended its stake in Azbuka Atticus, Russia’s ninth largest publishing conglomerate.
Germany’s Taschen has a renewed focus on Russia and signed new deals with local book distributors Logosphere, Magma and Jupiter.