Dmitry Medvedev, who visited on the occasion of the book fair on red square, have presented a whole pile of books – contemporary fiction to historical books and non-fiction. However, the Prime Minister himself a few years ago admitted that they completely switched to electronic format, and his recent visit to the Crimea demonstrated, politicians are not worse than the poets, know how to “sear the hearts of men”.
Dmitry Medvedev appeared on the red square almost simultaneously with a storm cloud — but neither his plans nor the enthusiasm of people who wanted to be photographed at least in the background of the head of the Prime Minister, this circumstance has not changed.
Each stand had to break with the battle. Poor Ziggy, repeatedly proven protection and failed to fulfill his welcome mission — to shake the hand of the Lady. And Director Stanislav Govorukhin and TV presenter Mikhail Shvydkoy, seeing a crowd of selfie sticks, wisely refused from this idea.
However, despite the hype, Medvedev still managed to see the literary innovations — his assistants did not have enough hands to carry donated by the publishers copies.
The presentation of the three volumes of Vladimir Putin, which the drafters call neither more nor less than “the tablets of the XXI century”, the Prime Minister was not hit. But interested in the correspondence of his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin.
It was planned that with you to the fair LADIES will bring a favorite book to put it on the shelf of famous people. But, as told “MK” the press-Secretary, Natalya Timakova, at the last moment in the schedule changes, and prepared the book — and this, of course, was Chekhov, whom Medvedev fully read it at the age of 15, was left lying in the office.
His impressions about the visit to the fair, the Prime Minister shared with members of the book industry gathered for tea in Gum:
– Curious it looks. Red square, and suddenly the chairs on which people sit and read books…
However, the book industry, in his opinion, is doomed to go into “figure” and in recent years this process has intensified — the market for electronic books has tripled, while the circulation of regular publications are reduced.
The main reason for Medvedev called price — electronic version costs 200-300 rubles, and the cost of bound books — from 600 rubles and above. In addition, young people have become accustomed to gadgets .
“But I wouldn’t make dramatic conclusions about what the country has become less to read, – said Medvedev, – We don’t know the situation, but today any student receives information at a higher level than my generation.”
The Prime Minister did not support the idea of book publishers to establish in Russia the Day of the reading. Will, as of March 8, “when we women love, and other days we have no matter what happens to them,” he explained.
One of the participants of the meeting urged the Prime Minister to finally resolve the problem existing already from the time of Pushkin and Gogol, and give writers a separate social status.
– In their tariff schedule to bring it in? “said Medvedev, – Nothing good will not. The writer needs to determine what legal disguise for him to wear — it’s one thing if a man writes at table, and another — if it has a large circulation. Then he could have his own company to create.
Most of the book, according to them, respected officials in the North-West of the country and specifically in St. Petersburg, where one book falls on 30 thousand inhabitants. The most deplorable situation in the Caucasus: for example, in Chechnya the 1st shop on 175 thousand people.
“In the 19th century the number of bookshops it was possible to judge the level of education, and now – about the government’s attitude toward reading and books, – concluded Medvedev – of Course, there is still such indicator as the number of wi-fi hotspots. But classic shops should not turn into a rare zone, where it is almost impossible to get to.”
The LADIES promised to deal with merchant fees for book — according to the Prime Minister, “this is a redundant solution, which is clearly no good will not.”
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