Book fairs can find themselves in the middle of shifting geopolitics. At the just-closed Salon du Livre in Paris, the French president sidestepped a visit to Russia’s Country of Honor stand.
Looking to increase its foreign rights sales, Eksmo-AST’s incoming general director says the company will go to the Frankfurter Buchmesse this year with a big list of children’s and literary titles.
Russian publisher Prosveshchenie accuses Ventana-Graf of wrongfully using its logo on thousands of textbooks—and that those books are therefore ‘counterfeit.’
Returning children’s regulation to the country’s science and culture ministry—and developing books under state control—Russia proposes a new tack.
In the estimation of LitRes chief Sergey Anuriev, ebooks could double as a factor in Russia’s market within two years and audiobooks are showing new strength as well. The prime challenge: piracy.
As sales of nonfiction books increase in Russia, the country’s largest publisher, Eksmo-AST, opens a new nonfiction imprint, Bombora, to meet this demand.
‘Quite a big challenge to aim for the world’s largest book market’: Moscow’s Clever Publishing wants $10 million in North American sales in three years.
Education and science minister Olga Vasilieva says the collapse of the Soviet Union ended the work of international promotion agencies for Russian books.
With a bright, new stand design and a newly launched Ukrainian Book Institute, the country’s publishers and literature made a big splash in Frankfurt.
Larger book publishing companies in Russia attract more government support, say critics, while smaller houses struggle to keep up.