According to sources “Vedomosti”, some time ago, Apple representatives met with Russian publishers and discussed the prospects of the launch of Apple Books in Russia. Unknown at this time whether cupertinos start your own book service in the new region, but the sources say that there is such a possibility.
According to reports, Apple representatives were primarily interested in how the e-book market in Russia, how quickly it develops and how serious is the problem of piracy. As noted by the publishers, the Russian market of electronic books is increasing. However, industry representatives referred to several different data. For example, representatives of “Eksmo-AST” noted that sales of e-publications do not exceed 8% of the total book market. At the same time in “Litres” I assure you that in 2018 the sale of e-books in Russia increased by 43%.
It is noteworthy that in the past cupertinos was already interested in the Russian book market. This was reported by one of the interlocutors edition. However, after careful evaluation, Apple has also decided to refuse to launch Apple Books in Russia. It was in 2013-2014.
At the moment the Russian users can’t purchase books in iBooks. This is due to the fact that Apple has no contracts with publishers, and therefore, when there are no books in the Russian language.