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74% of Ukrainian publishers able to operate fully during the war – survey

06.07.2022, 12:41

74% of Ukrainian publishers are able to operate fully under martial law.

This is evidenced by the results of the survey conducted by the Ukrainian Book Institute.

According to the survey, 191 publishing houses continue to work fully during the war, which is 42% more than in May of this year.

At the same time, 28 surveyed publishers (11%) are unable to carry out their work for various reasons. On the other hand, 39 (15%) Ukrainian publishers can carry out their work partially, in certain fields (editing, translation, layout creation, working with authors, typesetting, information projects, book sales only, etc.).

Employees of 228 publishing houses (88.4%) are safe, while employees of 30 publishing houses (11.6%) are still in danger (have not left the combat zone or are on the front line).

In addition, 225 (over 87.2%) surveyed publishers have retained their printing facilities to date. Nine publishers (3.5%) lost their facilities completely, 12 (4.65%) lost 50%, another 12 (4.65%) do not have any information on the state of their facilities. Over the past two months, the number of publishing houses that managed to maintain their capacities has somewhat increased.

Not all publishers managed to save the layouts of their editions, archives, and other copyright objects on additional resources. Nine of the surveyed publishers (3.5%), including representatives of large Ukrainian publishing houses, still need help with this. Another 18 publishers (almost 7%) do not have information on the preservation of their valuable information on electronic resources. The rest of the surveyed publishers – 231 (89.5%) – reported that they had preserved the edition layouts, archives, and other copyright objects by themselves.

The Ukrainian Book Institute conducted a second survey of Ukrainian publishers to find out whether Ukrainian publishers have adapted to the working conditions of martial law, as well as to identify the most urgent needs. 258 publishers who were in contact despite wartime difficulties participated in the survey; at the same time, it was not possible to contact 42 publishers.

The Ukrainian Book Institute is a state institution that is part of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. UBI deals with state policy in the field of books, popularization of reading in Ukraine, support of book publishing, encouragement of translation activities, popularization of Ukrainian literature abroad.

We will remind you that in May, the Ukrainian Book Institute surveyed 188 Ukrainian publishers about their condition during the war: only 32% of publishers had been able to operate fully at that time.

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