The SUPRR report includes recommendations for support to Ukrainian publishing along with illustrations of initiatives already undertaken.
We thank the Honored Artist of Ukraine Oleh Shuplyak https://shupliak.art/ for permission to use his artwork.
The main aim of this research was to collect and analyse data on how the war has changed the operation and daily lives of those who work in editorial services and how significantly it has impacted their job and work.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a diverse private publishing landscape emerged in Ukraine. New authors took the stage. But the book market has faced setbacks again and again: the economic chaos of the early 1990s, the economic crisis of 2008-2009, the Russian aggression of 2014, and Russia’s invasion since February 2022. One consequence of the current situation is that books from Russia and Belarus are increasingly being replaced by books in Ukrainian, made in Ukraine. But as a result of the war, the economic and infrastructure problems in the Ukrainian book market are considerable.
Despite the distance, Canada has been a valued partner of Ukraine over many decades since it was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence in 1991. This guide is based on the latest research of the Ukrainian Book Institute, the British Council Ukraine market overview, and the results of the authors’ work. In spite of any remaining challenges, we believe that the information presented in this report is exhaustive and inspiring enough to bring our two markets together.
When this research was commissioned into the literary and publishing sector in Ukraine in September 2019, the world looked very different. In 2020, in the wake of the disruption caused by Covid-19, publishers, bookshops and literary organisations have faced difficult challenges with creativity and innovation, and they have rapidly altered the ways in which they work.
This short report provides an overview of the state of publishing in Ukraine, including creative industries, language, new titles and print runs, market leaders, most recognizable writers, comparison between reading and publishing, pricing, topical segmentation, eBooks and audio books, import of books from the Russian Federation, the condition of the Ukrainian Intellectual Property Rights Market in 2013-2019, libraries and bookselling.