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.
Titles with rights sales to report in our roundup come from Finland, Turkey, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Spain.
Having caught its stride in 2019, Ukraine’s book market now is weathering the pandemic—and opening a new translation grant for rights buyers.
With ongoing operations in Europe and North America, the Russian children’s book publisher will focus in 2020 on Japan, China, and Vietnam.
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s international outreach and activities in 2019 have resulted in new rights deals for some of its winning titles.