In Russia, a government plan to provide lower-cost retail sites to independent booksellers at state cultural facilities may help smaller bookstores survive.
The 20th iteration of Russia’s ‘Non/Fiction’ Book Fair drew some 30,000 attendees, and readers showed strong interest in domestic authors and books on weighty topics.
With a combined 576 locations–and reported plans for domestic and international expansion–the Chitai-Gorod Bukvoed bookselling merger predicts strong 2018 sales.
New reporting in the Russian news media say that the educational sector’s large runs and distribution to the provinces help make textbooks attractive to organized crime.
In the Russian market, some see online retail as a key to future sales growth, while major chains are seeing good book sales in physical stores.
Eastern Europe and Russia were in the spotlight at the start of Frankfurt Rights Meeting this year.
Touting 7-percent growth in the first half of the year, Eksmo’s new general director, Evgeny Kapyev, is bringing a bigger stand to Frankfurter Buchmesse and a new list of Russian nonfiction and children’s books for sale in October.
‘In Putin’s Russia, one single government-corporation rules and owns the country,’ says Dmitry Glukhovsky, whose new ‘Text’ has sold into 14 languages and/or territories to date. It’s optioned or on submission in 16 more countries.
Marina Kameneva, head of Russia’s largest bookstore chain, Moscow Books, on the number of bookstores, book sales, and readers in Russia today.
More than two years into its controversial plan for library system consolidations, staff leadership shakeups at Russia’s leading state libraries are part of a plan to eventually streamline and digitally network libraries across the country.