The 2021 edition of Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana literary competition includes a 45-book longlist in contemporary Russian prose.
Despite having more than 20 percent of the world’s forests, Russia is market with a paper shortage that means higher book prices.
Rights Roundup today includes titles from Russia, Catalonian Spain, Turkey, Australia, Germany, Chile, and the Belarusian struggle.
Publishers in Russia talk of little hope of a turnaround in 2021, describing a book market that was sliding before the pandemic.
Some children’s book publishers in Russia forecast growth in 2021, but another publisher cautions that ‘oversupply’ and ‘low-quality books’ are problematic.
In the case of Ukraine’s Old Lion Publishing House, adapting to online retail in 2020 made the difference between succeeding and going under.
Year’s End: ‘Constant access to large catalogues of ebooks’ is credited with digital subscriptions’ popularity during the pandemic.
As Russia’s coronavirus numbers hit record levels, booksellers are taking a protracted hit, not eased by rumors of new lockdowns and surging statistics.
Still planning to mount a first children’s book fair in Moscow next year, BolognaFiere is ‘in’ Moscow this week but primarily digitally.
Eased restrictions in Russia have yet to result in a return of sales for the publishing industry. Some 40 percent of bookstores remain closed.