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.
Seeing its audiobook unit sales double year-over-year, Russia’s digital retailer now has a new presence in the Polish market.
Credited by some to a growing post-Soviet interest in authoritative information, the Russian book business reportedly sees substantial gains for nonfiction.
The Russian ebook distributor LitRes reports 45-percent growth year-over-year in ebook sales for the first half of this year. And Storytel, which ended its first year in May in the market, cites digital access over vast distances as a driver.
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.
In the estimation of LitRes chief Sergey Anuriev, ebooks could double as a factor in Russia’s market within two years and audiobooks are showing new strength as well. The prime challenge: piracy.
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.
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.