Russian book market

March 14, 2014
Controversy in reading: Soft porn and Spiritual Reading amongst Russian bestsellers
Bookmate, Russian subscription-based digital library, summed up the results of online reading for 2013. The first list shows the most favorite books that readers managed to finish. The top 5 in descending order are:

E. L. James. Fifty shades of grey
Archimandrite Tikhon. Everyday Saints and other Stories
March 13, 2014
Bookmate, Russian subscription-based digital library
If a reader will not go to a bookstore, a publisher must go to a reader; or at least follow them to the place where they can be found. 

So much has already been said about social networks and their usage in promoting reading. A combination of a social network with a subscription-based online library has welded into the book club called Bookmate. Bookmate was established in Russia in 2010 as one of the first subscription-based reading platforms in the world and is a truly digital “companion to hardback and paperback”.
February 12, 2013
Russian e-book market - En attendant Godot ?

It is fair to say that e-books have been popular in Russia amongst readers but, interestingly, not so much amongst publishers so far. According to various estimates over 20 million people in Russia read e-books with computers still remaining the main device for e-book reading. Amongst portable devices dedicated e-readers are the first choice of reader (56%) followed on by smartphones and mobile phones (25%) and also PC tablets.

The popularity of e-reading can be attributed to the limited number of independent book stores in Russia, around 3000 stores, and the difficulties of distributing books physically throughout the vast Russian territory. The adoption of e-reading by users has been helped by the recent availability of relatively cheap reading devices and wide spread 3G internet.  

September 7, 2012

Russian Consumer Book Market

In 2012 the consumer book market in Russia continues to fall. It is estimated that by the end of the year its value in Roubles will have decreased by 4.88% (around 11% in US dollars provided the exchange rate remains the same) and there will be just under a 10% drop in the number of copies.

April 30, 2012
Reflecting some healthy economic indicators in Russia during 2011, the macroeconomic situation had a distinct impact on the current and forecasted outlook of the book industry. In brief the Russian economy was highlighted by the following features: 

• The volume index of GDP in 2011 came to 104.3%, whilst the GDP deflator for 2011/2010 came to 115.4%;
• Overall industrial production in 2011 grew by 4.7%
• Export, import and investment in Russian economics grew by 31.8%, 32.0% and 6.2%, respectively
• Official inflation dropped by 6.1%
• Unemployment fell by 76.3% with respect to 2010
• A balanced budget with neither profit or deficit
• However, real household income in 2011 increased by only 0.8% in comparison to the 5.1% increase in 2010
April 10, 2012
Even 5 years ago publishers were working blind when releasing new books out on to the market. New technologies allow them to sell directly to customers. No worries; just network, engage and connect, but just get it right.

Is it really that simple? If nowadays publishers can get easy access to their potential readers through new means of communication, why is it that the number of readers has been gradually decreasing worldwide? And another question is whether those who surf online actually read books? These issues are certainly relevant for Russia. Let see what publishers can do to retain those who know the taste of good read.
August 1, 2011

By the end of 2011 it is most probable that the Russian book market will decline by 7.2% dropping to $2.7 billion. It has been hit, like most industries, by the global economic downturn and problems specific only to the Russian book industry. Possibly, this negative trend will continue into 2012 which may show a further 5% decline in both value and number of copies sold.

February 15, 2011

Every 6 months the Book Industry Magazine prepares a report entitled “Book Market of the Russian Federation”, which contains timely information on the book industry’s performance in the previous period. 

In 2010 the industry was greatly affected by the general economic climate and some 85% of Russian publishers exceeded the rate of inflation in the non-food products group, which accounts for some 5% according to the Federal State Statistics Service. By the end of 2010 the average increase in book price was between 5 and 15% and with higher rates not being uncommon.