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.
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.