Ukrainian-language titles for the German book trade
Hamburg/Bad Hersfeld, Germany – In cooperation with the Nashformat publishing house in Kyiv, Libri has shipped some 5,000 copies of nearly 50 titles from the Ukraine to Germany and added them to its catalogue. These children’s and youth books are now available in bookstores. The aim is to provide families fleeing Ukraine with books while also supporting the Ukrainian book industry.
With an increasing number of refugees escaping the war in Ukraine, there is also a growing need for Ukrainian-language books – especially for children and young people. Together with the Ukrainian publisher Nashformat, Libri is providing respite having selected 50 titles and making 5,000 copies available to the German book trade. Within a very short time, both partners solved contractual and logistical challenges together. The books were then collected at various locations in Ukraine over several days by truck and transported in bulk to the Libri facility in Bad Hersfeld.
The initiative was made possible thanks most notably to the commitment and close cooperation with Katja Micklich from the Ulrich von Hutten bookstore in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. The bookseller, who is originally from Kyiv, worked as a translator and helped curate the titles.
The titles can be found in Libri’s systems using “Nashformat” as a search term and are immediately available to order.
In addition to providing books for refugees via bookstores, this relief effort is also intended to support the Ukrainian book market which has been impacted by the conflict. “I am sure that the books will be in demand among emigrants and those displaced by the war. Thank you for the opportunity to promote the Ukrainian language abroad and support the Ukrainian economy,” reports Vladislav Kirichenko from Nashformat in Kyiv. A first step has been taken with the shipment of 5,000 copies