Russian book publishers are considering signing on to a new anti-piracy memorandum of cooperation with major tech platforms.
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.
Some Russian publishers say that if piracy can be controlled, print can double its market share within years. Others caution that taxes and over-reliance on outdated authors is hampering growth.
Russia’s book piracy problem seems to be getting worse: in a new survey, two out of three respondents say they believe downloading pirated content is legal.
Several western journalists have accused Algoritm Publishing House in Russia, a firm that specializes in political titles on Putin, of plagiarism.
Russia’s ebook market is expanding as more legitimate titles come online and efforts are made to fight piracy. Could ebook piracy finally be waning?
The Russian ebook market more than doubled in 2012, to 250 million rubles (USD $8 million), but remains just 1% of market. Some 95% of ebooks downloaded are pirate editions.
The Russian market’s book publishing sector has been designated by the state as eligible for special financial support during the pandemic.
As much as 75 percent of the Russian book industry’s usual domestic profits may be lost during the closures of physical bookstores in the pandemic.
The growing popularity of ebooks in Russia is prompting some publishers to look at online serialization as an option for distribution and sales, both as an offer to consumers and to writers of works in progress.