"They do not
understand in Georgia what the publishing business is and that it also needs support
as due to the pandemic, we are suffering millions in losses," Kakha
Kudava, head of the Intellect publishing house, says.
According to Kudava,
the publishing companies do not receive any assistance from the state, which
does not appreciate the success of the publishing industry in the international
“France allocated 3
billion euros from the budget to support authors and publishers as they realize the importance of this business,
In Kudava’s words,
the publishing business revenues barely reach 5% of the pre-pandemic levels.
“The book sector in Georgia is on the verge of
bankruptcy as no one buys books. After the lockdown was canceled, the situation
didn’t improve significantly - in the midst of a pandemic, book sales amounted
to 5-8% of the 2019 levels, but now they have fallen even more. The activity is
very low, except for insignificant e-books sales. In the current situation, the
sector needs support from the state, ” Kakha Kudava stresses.
house "Sulakauri" talks about great
difficulties faced by the business due to a long forced vacation suffering losses
of GEL 500,000. The company expects the
business to revive at the end of May.
calculate economic losses from downtime daily, but not in our country. The
forced rest every day brings us losses, but from the end of May we hope sales will
grow and the publishing sector will revive. I cannot say that the situation is hopeless,
we expect people will return to the city from the Easter holidays and sales
will increase," Tina Mamulashvili, Managing Director of the Sulakauri Publishing House, says.
that a grown interest in books could positively affect the sales as people now have more time to read.
activity in the country resumes, the situation in the business will also improve. we have not received revenues
for several months and are suffering losses.
In theory, the situation should improve in September, ”she adds.