VKontakte, the most popular social network in Russia with 100 million active users, is working with book publishers to offer audiobooks to its network as early as next month.
Talking with the Russian Book Union’s Leonid Palko, we learn that the three-point shape of the national book market appears to be shifting, and publishers are looking to adapt.
With a combined 576 locations–and reported plans for domestic and international expansion–the Chitai-Gorod Bukvoed bookselling merger predicts strong 2018 sales.
In the Russian market, some see online retail as a key to future sales growth, while major chains are seeing good book sales in physical stores.
Touting 7-percent growth in the first half of the year, Eksmo’s new general director, Evgeny Kapyev, is bringing a bigger stand to Frankfurter Buchmesse and a new list of Russian nonfiction and children’s books for sale in October.
Russian children’s publisher Clever Media Group is looking to publish English-language titles in US and Canadian markets this autumn, accelerating its international expansion plans.
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 Others caution that taxes and over-reliance on outdated authors is hampering growth.
Looking to increase its foreign rights sales, Eksmo-AST’s incoming general director says the company will go to the Frankfurter Buchmesse this year with a big list of children’s and literary titles.
Russian publisher Prosveshchenie accuses Ventana-Graf of wrongfully using its logo on thousands of textbooks—and that those books are therefore ‘counterfeit.’
Some 10 publishers in Russia have licenses to produce Marvel-branded content, but the comics publisher Kofilmo is counting on the size of Eksmo-AST to help it vanquish all foes.
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