Facing what he calls Romania’s ‘extremely shameful record’ in literacy and book culture, Bucharest MP Ovidiu Raeţchi is talking up his ‘Pact for Books’ aimed at boosting book sales.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders was named Audiobook of the year at the annual Audie Awards, presented by the Audio Publishers Association in the US.
‘Your competitors like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Audible,’ publishers will hear this year at BookExpo and the rival rights fair, ‘are more than willing to fill the gap.’
Once more, downloaded audiobooks are the format leader, up 32.1 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot report.
The prosperity that some in the Russian book industry thought was rising this year may be headed in the other direction, if the expected rise in book VAT becomes a reality.
With what’s described as a waning summer-reading habit since the end of the Soviet era, Russian government officials say they’re working on a new program to promote vacation reading both for youngsters and adults this year.
The Association of American Pubslishers StatShot program cites 29.7-percent growth over 2016 in downloaded audiobook revenue, despite overall flat performance in publisher revenue in 2017.
Despite reported closures of publishers in Ukraine, some say the ban on Russian literature will trigger a new boom in Ukrainian texts which, along with state orders for books, could prompt an upturn in the beleaguered market.
A treatise on making moral decisions in an immoral age–or the excuses of a man Donald Trump calls a “slimeball” who “always ends up badly and out of whack”–the new James Comey book is from Macmillan, which published ‘Fire and Fury’ earlier this year.
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