Book Trade Project in Ukraine
2005 – 2008
The project, aimed at enhanced access to reliable professional book trade information, increased variety and accessibility of Ukrainian publishers’ books across the country, and improved professional skills and standards of publishers and booksellers, was completed in November 2008.
With the assistance of the project, the Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers Association launched a book trade portal.
Two partners, Dzherela M and Summit Books, jointly set up the “100 Thousand Books” network of regional distribution centers across the country in fourteen major cities: Chernivtsi(Czernowitz), Dniepropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kherson, Khmelnitsky, Lvov, Mykolaiev, Odessa, Poltava, Rivne (Rovno), Simferopol, Vinnytsa, Uzhorod, and Zaporizhia.
Moreover, they developed an online Books in Print catalogue of books available on the Ukrainian market with a website for professional users and a book information website for the general public Druh chytacha, offering book reviews, interviews with authors, announcements of new books, and other news items from the book market.
Extensive training for publishers and booksellers was conducted in Kiev, Lvov, and other regional capital cities. In addition, trainers training was provided in The Netherlands in 2007 and in 2008. At the request of the Ukrainian project partners, the Dutch trainer contributed policy recommendations, which were published on the book trade portal.
The project was co-financed by the CEEBP, the International Renaissance Foundation Ukraine, and the Matra Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.