The Russian Book Chamber is 105!


The state-owned institution – the Russian Book Chamber – was established to register and perpetually preserve printed publications.

The Russian Book Chamber celebrates its 105th year. It was established as a state-budgeted institution in 1917 through the decree of the Russian Provisional Government to register and perpetually preserve printed publications.

Initially, the Chamber’s main goal was to control all the publications released in Russia. Later, the goals got more educational character. Today, the Russian Book Chamber is the national depositary of unique collection.

The collection amounts to over 80 mln entries. It is the only world most complete collection of printed publication in the Russian and national languages of the Russian Federation. Daily, the employees register, provide bibliographic records to 500 books, 200 newspapers and 150 journals. The Book Chamber plays the most significant role in publishing business and librarianship.

The archive is being digitized intensively. Posters and flyers are being compiled into special albums. The Book Chamber develops its collection and cooperates with the largest world national libraries.


Source: Book Industry journal

«The books are here to stay». The Bookmate launches free reading marathon


The book reading service Bookmate has launched the marathon «The books are here to stay». Within the framework of this initiative, before June 1, dozens of publishers are to open access to their many publications.

«Today, many publishers have lost their key channels of communication with their readers. We all need books to divert ourselves a bit, to console, and to give us some hope in our hard times», – they say in Bookmate. The sеrvice will inform on the book industry and provide channels of communication with authors, translators, and editors on everything of concern to us.

As for today, 30 publishers take part in the project, among them AdMarginem, PopcornBooks, Ridero, Alpina Publisher, Vremya, Gorodets, Yest Smysl, The Higher School of Education Publishing House, Gaidar Institute Publishers’, IMI (Musical Initiatives Institute Publishers’), Samokat, Phantom Press, and Eterna.

The Bookmate asked the publishers to select «the books in tune with the present moment, as they feel it».

The complete list of books available under the program «The books are here to stay» is accessible here.


Source: Bookmate Journal

The Russian Book Chamber announced the top-5 publishers in circulation


The Prosveshchenije Publishers’ is on the top of Russian publishers leading in the total circulation: in 2021, its circulation made 131.4 million copies. Alexander Voropaev, Head of Reading Support Office, Periodicals and Book Industry Support Department, Ministry for Digital Technology, Communication and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, referred to this data on Tuesday. «The growth of Prosveshchenihe Publishers’ is amazing. Its total circulation makes over one third of the total national circulation – 131.4 million copies», – he said at the conference «The Book Industry of Russian in the Turbulent Times» Conference.

Eksmo Publishing House follows Prosveshchenije with the circulation of 39.7 million copies. The third and fourth positions are won by AST and Azbuka-Attucus with their 37.7 and 18.7 million copies, correspondingly. The fifth biggest publisher is Examen with its total 2021 circulation of 13.9 millioncopies.

Meanwhile, like in 2020,  Eksmo is leading in the number of titles published in 2021 (8,619 titles), followed by Prosveshchenije (8,358 titles) and its closest competitor AST Publishing House (8,348 titles).


Source: TASS

All-Russian action Biblionight-2022 to be held on May 28


May 28 will be the date of the annual All-Russian action to support reading – Biblionight-2022, Olga Lyubimova, RF Minister of Culture informed.

The first Biblionight was held in 2012. The goal was to attract attention to reading, libraries, books. Today, it is the eleventh Biblionight that will unite the efforts of libraries, literary museums, bookstores and cultural centers all over the country. Once again, the readers will partake in a varied program, e.g. master classes, lectures, excursions, meet-the-artist sessions, performances, and even book fairs. Traditionally the complete bill is to be published on website.


Source: Rossijskaia Gazeta

The State Duma approved in the first reading the draft law on transfer of Russian Book Chamber’s operatorship to the Russian State Library


On March 10, 2022, at its plenary meeting, the State Duma approved in the first reading the draft federal law “On amending the Federal Law «On the document mandatory copy» drafted by the RF Ministry of Culture. The draft law envisages partial transfer of functions of the Russian Book Chamber to the Russian State Library. The amendments are made at the level of delivery of the mandatory copies of printed publications, media products, responsibilities of organizations administering centralized mandatory deposit of phonograms and video films, and permanent deposit of federal copies.
As RF Deputy Culture Minister, Olga Yarilova says, today the functions of the Russian Book Chamber have been mastered by ITAR-TASS which not fully correspondы with the mission of the information telegraph agency, as well as by the Russian State Library. The mandatory deposit comprises acquisition, control, and permanent deposit of printed documents, printed documents in digital formats, unpublished documents (dissertations), phonograms, and video films.
Yarilova also says that this optimization is intended to eliminate the «two-stop-shop» system when mandatory copy providers forward mandatory copies of printed publications in digital forms both to the Russian Book Chamber and Russian State Library, and to establish the more efficient «one-stop-shop» system.


Source: Book Industry journal

Ministry for Digital Technology, Communication and Mass Media of the Russian Federation to develop supporting measures for mass media and book industry


The Ministry for Digital Development, Communication and Mass Media of the Russian Federation has been developing the measures to support television and radio broadcasting, printed and Internet-based mass media, printing houses, book industries and distributor, as the ministerial press service informed Interfax on Tuesday. These efforts are taken in collaboration with leading mass media companies and public organizations. The proposals are to be approved by the government commission for sustainable economic development under the sanctions chaired by Premier Mikhail Mishustin.
«Today, the cumulated proposals (including those submitted by the colleagues in the Russian Space Systems) are processed by the ministerial experts have consolidated and forwarded them to the financial and economic cabinet to be agreed upon», – the press service informs.


Source: Interfax

The most popular Russian writers are announced


LitRes has analyzed the sales of several books in the recent 12 months and rated the most popular male authors. On the whole, the living authors are leading. Boris Akunin, popular writer of detective stories, carries the garland. His historical novel «The road to Kitezh» was considered the most popular. Sergey Lukyanenko, fantasy author, is second to him («Seven days before Megiddo»). Victor Pelevin, winner of the National Best and The Big Book prizes («Transhumanism Inc») won the third place. He is followed by Andrey Kurpatov («The red pill. Face the truth»). Maks Glebov («Stars aren’t enough to go round. Time for main bore») took the fifth place.



Mobile provider MTS launches the publishing house


MTS company, a mobile provider, is to launch its publishing project, informs Meduza (acknowledged in the RF as a foreign agent) citing its sources in the publishing market. The project has been developing since late 2021; officially the publishers’ is to be open in April, 2022, however, the launch can be delayed till summer.

It was in 2019, when MTS launched its MTS Biblioteka to provide access to LitRes content. Now MTS plans to acquire rights to literary works and to publish e-books, audio- and printed books in four vectors, i.e. non-fiction, history, sentimental novels and “big books”— works by laureates and winners of major literary awards and prizes. Evgenia Rykalova, heading the MTS publishing project, confirmed this information.


Source: Meduza

Russian Book Chamber published updates for 2021


Russian Book Chamber informs, that in 2021, 108,000 book and brochure titles оf 389,463,11 copies, were published, which is by 10% more than in 2020, though 10% less than in the year 2019.

The largest share – over 52,000 titles – was published in the circulation range < 500 copies, followed by the titles with the circulation below 5,000 copies.

Translations from English are far ahead, followed by the German, French, Japanese and Italian languages.

Educational publications are leading, followed by political and socio-economical publications, leaving behind belles-lettres and children’s literature.

EKSMO is on the top of 4,677 publishers’ and publishing groups sending their mandatory copies to the Russian Book Chamber, followed by Prosveshcheniye, AST, Azbooka-Atticus, and St.-Petersburg’s Lan publishers’, the latter specializing in educational materials. Prosveshcheniye is the leader in circulations, which is understandable .

Seven hundred and sixty six publishers’ have forwarded in digital format mandatory copies to the Russian Book Chamber with LitRes: Samizdat leading and followed by Ridero service (Izdatelskiye resheniya) and Prosveshcheniye being the third.

The most popular authors are Stephen King, George Orwell, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Erich Maria Remark, Mikhail Bulgakov, Darya Dontsova, Leigh Bardugo ,Tatyana Ustinova, Agatha Christie, and Boris Akunin.

For children’s literature, Korney Chukovsky is leading in circulations, followed by Joan Rowling, Holly Webb and Arina Chunaeva (sharing the third place), and Alexander Pushkin rounding up the top five.



Smolny established the group for upgrading The Book House bookstore before the court ruling. The group comprises directors of the city’s bookstores


Smolny has established the group to develop the concept of upgraded Book House located in the Zinger’s Building on Nevsky Prospekt. It was revealed to Fontanka IA on February 3, that Boris Piotrovsky, vice governor, was to head the group.

The building is to be face-lifted, and new in-store equipment will be purchased. The book store will be temporarily closed until May 14, when it is to be opened with a special selection of books on Peter the Great’s efforts.


Source: Book Industry journal

On February 14, The International Book Giving Day is celebrated in Russia


On February 14, The International Book Giving Day will be celebrated in more than 40 countries of the world. The people will share their book gifts with their friends, beloved ones and even strangers, donate them to libraries, orphanages, schools, and charities.

The idea of the book giving day belongs to Emma Perry, mom of two, writer, blogger, whose all life is connected with children’s literature. She knows well how it is important to get and read a good  and interesting story when you really need it. At first her initiative was supported by many parents and pedagogues and later taken up by writers, publishers, culture organizations and charities all over the world.


Source: Russian Boоk Union

AI-da Pushkin neuropoet to help writing poems


Tinkoff Bank power-levels its neuronet studies and launches its Internet-project «AI da Pushkin» [AI-GFY Pushkin).

Anyone can order poems from the neuropoet via chat or by sending audio with the first line of the desired poem or can select the poem from the list. Then  AI-da Pushkin is to continue the poem in its modern version and living Pushkin portrait is to read the poem aloud. The developers say that AI-da Pushkin never repeats itself and offers a new poem every time.



The Statement of Russian Library Association on reforming the administration of Moscow libraries


Under the Order of Moscow City Department of Culture of December 24, 2021 (No. 100/OD), the administration system of Moscow cultural organizations has been reformed at the level of administrative districts. Now the centralized library systems are amalgamated with the club-type organizations, and the centralized library systems are renamed into the «united district cultural centers». Meanwhile, according to available information, the charter of this new structure is the expanded and amended charter of centralized library system.

The very fact of affiliating club-type organizations with the well-developed district library systems while keeping library services as the main function, can be considered a positive one, as traditionally the libraries provide some leisure and cultural activities. However, this measure is invalidated with renaming the libraries which formally and essentially makes them to enter into different relations with the national library and law systems.


Source: Russian Library Association

Writers’s anniversaries in 2022


The literary calendar of the year 2022 comprises the 100-th anniversaries of Yury Levitansky, Jack Kerouak and Kurt Vonnegut, Teffy’s 150-th anniversary, Moliere’s 400-the anniversary, and John Donne’s 450-th anniversary.

Traditionally, the RF Year of Literature website not only brings these names to your recollection but also suggests to re-read the books by these authors.

See the calendar.


Source: The Year of Literature RF