blaurebell wrote: My brother actually reads a lot of Russian stuff in translation, so he gave me quite a few book recommendations, which I have put on the list. No idea whether I can get my hands on them - getting Russian books over here is really expensive and if it’s not available as an epub it’s basically impossible to find. But well, I’m not quite there yet anyway, about 4500 pages of translations left before I try my hand at some of the difficult stuff he was suggesting.
- There are tons of lists everywhere, but nonetheless I'd be interested to see yours.
- For paper books, I use two options: ozon.ru et momox (on the amazon market place)
Ozon.ru is very reliable, you just have to double the price to take into account the shipping costs to europe (they are indicated in your basket, anyway) and be patient if you use the cheap shipping costs: from 15 to 30 days of waiting (there is also the option of making a big order shipped by DHL in a few days, but I never used it). Your bank will take a fee for the convertion rouble/euro (usually one euro, if your order is not big)
- On momox, you can find super cheap 2nd hand books: 1 or 2 euros for 500pages books in pristine condition: add 3 euros for the shipping costs, and that's it. The problem is to find the books in the amazon search engine: the cyrillic doesn't work and you have to try different kind of transliterations sometimes. Momox is good for classics and sci-fi/detective pulps, less good for contemporary literature.
The problem with russian paper books is that some cheap editions are printed on newspapers paper: grey, thin, almost transparent paper that becomes yellow and brittle in a few months: it's better to avoid these editions that are not agreable to read (better to read on an electroninc device). So before buying, always read the comments: usually people indicate the quality of the paper, of the printing, etc: it's very common to read that in the comments of ozon.
- For epubs, you can go on litres.ru (usually 2 or 3 euros by book+ 1 euro you bank will take for the rouble/euro conversion): I used it once and it worked well, nothing complicated. Otherwise, the "free" sources of russian epubs (or fb2 that is the common russian format) are very impressive and complete, you can find almost anything...