Historically, writers dealing with censorship found ways to defy authority by creatively embedding transgressive messages in their work.
Russia is following in the footsteps of Venezuela and Nigeria in promoting national reading programs, but what might seem like idealism is often something more.
Purportedly inspired by the US Great Books project of the 1920s, Vladimir Putin has proposed a 100 book canon of required Russian reading for every graduate.
For a westerner, Moscow’s bookstores can feel like returning to a lost world and, with a new Russian owner, Waterstones might benefit from their example.
Waterstones is to launch a Russian bookshop within its flagship store in London’s Piccadilly, offering 5,000 Russian language titles and translations.
Brazil and China? Latin America and Asia? Which offers you the biggest opportunities for next year?
Since 2007, e-bookseller Litres.ru has offered a legal alternative to the massive piracy of e-books in Russia. To many people’s surprise, things are starting to change.
Russia’s Litres.ru is using low prices to indoctrinate readers into paying for e-books, with plans to raise prices as more readers pay. Will the strategy work?
A senior Russian Orthodox official insists that novels by Vladimir Nabokov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez should be banned from Russia’s high schools.
MintRight CEO Stanislav Mamonov explains how he built a truly global e-book conversion and distribution platform, why Europe is behind and Brazil’s booming.