The Institutional Framework of Reading

Gudkov, Lev
September 2004
Russian Social Science Review;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 45 Issue 5, p44
Academic Journal
The article examines mass reading habits in postcommunist Russia. As soon as private publishing houses gained a foothold in the market, they almost overturned the structure of book publishing. In the last year a record-breaking seventy-one thousand new titles were published (50-100 percent more than in Soviet times). The magazine publishing system also changed drastically: the stock allocation of fifteen or so "thick" journals (plus one per region) ended. More than half of the translated history books are recreational reading (for instance, on pirates, remarkable women, or adventurers), while in the social sciences, 5-7 percent of the translations are reissues of veteran philosophers and thinkers.


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