Central Asia: Trends in book publishing

Central Asian book markets are actively developing. The regional publishing houses are boosting production volumes and are substantially expanding the product range. The Eurasian Book Fair 2018 demonstrated the latest achievements of the publishing industry. This year, 150 publishing houses from eighteen countries were represented at the large book forum. 10 Uzbek publishing houses participated at the fair and presented over 2,000 books. Uzbek publishers’ distinctive features are unusual bindings, high quality offsets and bright illustrations. 

SOBIR SHUKUROV,  HEAD OF UZBEK DELEGATION:

- 2018 is declared as the year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan. That’s why, Uzbek publishers have a special concept at this forum. I must admit that despite the fact that we live in the time of advanced technologies with different news sources, books will remain the highest source of knowledge.

MUKHTARMA MURATOVA, STAFF, UZBEKISTAN’S NATIONAL LIBRARY:

- We brought books on fiction, popular science and history. I think that such fairs bring our countries and people together, because we are united by one goal of living together peacefully, for the benefit our future generations.

Tajik publishers also presented an interesting book collection. They are planning to strengthen cooperation with their colleagues from other Central Asian countries in the nearest time.

SIROJIDDIN IKROMI, TAJIK WRITER::

- We brought over fifty books as well as magazines and newspapers. We will learn the experiences of our colleagues from other countries as well. We had meetings with Kazakh publishers, as well as our Uzbek and Belarusian colleagues. I think that our cooperation will further develop in the future.  

Russian publishers also plans to cooperate with their Central Asian colleagues. Experts note that Russian publishing houses are printing more books by Central Asian authors translated into Russian. Another trend in the Russian market is the special design of books.

ALYONA KHARITONOVA, STAFF, RUSSIAN PUBLISHING HOUSE:

- Our publishing house specializes in leather bindings, which is one of the traditional binding technique. It is very important to preserve it, because, unfortunately, this technique was forgotten for many years and now we are reviving the tradition of leather binding.

Experts note that the book-printing market is still in demand despite the popularity of electronic devises. Customers showed greater interest to purchase books in recent years. This allowed the publishers to expand the range of books that they offer – from textbooks and scientific literature to children’s books and modern fiction books.