Held on Sept. 13-16, the annual publishers forum combines a book market with lots of literary and social events focused on pressing social issues.
“I think printed books will never die,” said Ukrainian modern writer Andriy Kurkov, who was signing his books almost non-stop. “This is just a myth created by Western producers of electronic books.”
Kurkov noted that only three percent of books are digital in Europe and that, while it reaches 20 percent in America, the printed word remains popular even there. According to International Data Corporation, only 4 percent of world book sales were electronic in 2010, although the digital part keeps growing.