Demand for books on economics among Russians more than doubled in March, as did the popularity of romance novels and science fiction, according to TASS with reference to the Liters service.
How Russians’ interest in literature changed in mid-March:
- to non-fiction literature, including books on self-development, personal growth and practical psychology, – decreased slightly (exact data are not specified);
- to works of art – increased by 12%;
- to books on economics – increased by 56%;
- to romance novels – increased by 46%;
- fiction – grew by 20%;
- classical literature and books on political science – grew by 9%;
At the same time, it is noted that the interest of Russians in horrors and militants decreased in March.
What books are now in the top in popularity:
- “It’s gentle with me. A book on how to value and protect yourself “Olga Primachenko;
- “Choice. On the freedom and inner strength of man “Edith Eger Edith;
- “1984” by George Orwell;
- “Moon behind the Rubicon” by Sergei Lukyanenko;
- “The whole Kremlin army. A Brief History of Modern Russia ”by Mikhail Zygar.
“Such consumption of book content is quite understandable in a situation of external and internal crisis: Russians in a busy information agenda are trying to restore mental balance, switch and find answers to their questions with the help of books,” said Ekaterina Pisareva, editor-in-chief of Liters. According to the study, for the period from February 24 to March 2 (the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine) interest in books in general decreased, but a week later sales of electronic and audiobooks increased by 18% (in pieces), readers’ interest in free content “Liters” (+ 24%).
Earlier, experts told Kommersant FM that due to the lack of coated paper, the cost of books could increase by 15-25%. This was due to the fact that key producers of goods – mainly Swedish and Finnish companies – suspended supplies to Russia and work in the country.
For more details, see Kommersant FM.