Russia's major book forum the 27th Moscow international book fair opens Wednesday in Pavilion 75 of the Achievements Exhibition VDNKh. More than 1,000 publishers from 63 countries will be among the guests.
Nikolai Ovsyannikov, general director of the Moscow book fair, pointed out, "In present-day conditions, the forum is called upon to bring together publishers from various countries. We are outside politics and are open to everyone. Just like last year, publishers from Ukraine will attend the fair. Guests from Georgia have also sent in applications, the first time in nine years, and will be among exhibitors".
The programme for the forum provides for professional events connected with contemporary book publishing. One of the events will be a sectoral conference on the theme of "The Book Market of Russia - 2014", arranged by Rospechat (Federal Agency for Print and Mass Media) and the Russian Book Union. There will be also a "digital platform" of the book fair "BookByte"for professionals to discuss legal matters concerning the regulation of book publishing, copyright in the digital field, and other matters.
At the fair, the book community will also mark significant memorable dates of this year the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, bi-centenary of the birth of poet Mikhail Lermontov, etc. The book fair will run from September 3 to 7.