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.
The Russian market’s book publishing sector has been designated by the state as eligible for special financial support during the pandemic.
This year’s Moscow School of Publishing program has been delivered in a series of digital lectures and conversations from the Garage Museum.
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.