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.
Small publishers in Russia see a book market unfairly dominated by large publishing groups and their control over the country’s major bookselling chains.
For all the excitement, tourism, and politically tinged analysis that FIFA’s 21st World Cup brought to Moscow, the books market seems to have come out cheering, too, with international visitors said to be asking for Russian reads.
The Russian ebook distributor LitRes reports 45-percent growth year-over-year in ebook sales for the first half of this year. And Storytel, which ended its first year in May in the market, cites digital access over vast distances as a driver.
The once-powerful Nauka Publishers, established in the modern era as the Soviets’ multi-city publisher of scientific books and journals, has been advised to produce ‘detective fiction and other trashy publications.’
In Russia, there is a growing demand for English language learning. Russian publisher Prosveshchenie announces a joint venture with Pearson to supply educational material to the market
Russian children’s publisher Clever Media Group is looking to publish English-language titles in US and Canadian markets this autumn, accelerating its international expansion plans.
Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, PEN America issues a letter demanding the release of imprisoned Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who began a hunger strike in May.
The prosperity that some in the Russian book industry thought was rising this year may be headed in the other direction, if the expected rise in book VAT becomes a reality.
With what’s described as a waning summer-reading habit since the end of the Soviet era, Russian government officials say they’re working on a new program to promote vacation reading both for youngsters and adults this year.