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Learning all about Russian publishers

Have spent the day with a group of Russian publishers for a project I’m involved in. Is fascinating stuff for an industry that has only really come into existence from 1991. Just some stats for now:

1) Approx 90,000 titles are produced each year and that number is growing by about 5% a year.

2) A typical small publisher will produce between 30-40 titles a month (that’s right a ‘month’!). Alright, apparently some of the editing etc. can leave a little to be desired but still as a friend of mine just said ‘holy crap!’.

3) One of the principal ways retailers find out about books is by attending one of the several bookfairs each year and wandering about seeing what’s interesting.

Oh, and 2008 is the Year of the Book in Russia.

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