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Initial post: Sep 12, 2011, 10:17:33 AM PDT
There is a huge demand for Russian language reading device in America! Thousands of Russian spoken people I am sure would appriciate a chance to be able to read in native language! Do you agree?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 10:19:20 AM PDT
sabst79 says:
You already can read Russian books on the K3.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011, 10:37:37 AM PDT
There are only 4 books available on Amazon in Russian language, I just cheked.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 10:39:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2011, 10:39:27 AM PDT
sabst79 says:
Well then, you should contact the publishers of the books you want and ask them to make them into e-books. Amazon can only sell what publishers make available to them.

And I have more than 4 Russian language books that I got from Amazon, so I know there's a lot more available.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 10:40:26 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You mean to say that the publishers need to come out with more books then in the Russian language. Amazon has no control over this. Only the publishers can publish their own books. You will have to take it up with them.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 10:50:52 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Irina, there are two issues.

One is whether the device can display the Cyrillic character set: the Kindle 3 can.

The other is the availability of the books, which is up to the publishers.

I just ran a search in the Kindle store using the words "Russian Edition". That usually works pretty well. I got 2,373 results...they will generally be older books, though:

If you get books from other sources that are in compatible formats and don't have security which prevents it, you could also read those on your Kindle. More information on that is here:


Я прошу прощен;ия за исполь;зованl0;е машинн;ого перево;да.

Ирина, Есть два вопрос;а.

Одним из них являет;ся ли устрой;ство может отобра;жать кирилл;ическl0;й набор символ;ов: Kindle 3 может.

Других; являет;ся наличи;е книг, которы;е до издате;лей.

Я просто; побежа;л искать; в магази;не Kindle с исполь;зованl0;ем слов "Russian Edtion". Это обычно; работа;ет доволь;но хорошо;. Я получи;л резуль;таты 2373 ... они вообще; будет старых; книгах;, хотя:

Если вы получи;ли книги из других; источн;иков, которы;е находя;тся в совмес;тимых формат;ах и не имеют обеспе;чения, котора;я не позвол;яет ему, вы можете; также прочит;ать эти на Kindle. Более подроб;ную информ;ацию о том, что находи;тся здесь:

Posted on Sep 12, 2011, 11:01:54 AM PDT
Thank you all for your suggestions, I really appriciate it! I will try to look for more!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 11:15:49 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
If they are in America maybe they should learn to read English. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 11:16:40 AM PDT
sabst79 says:
Some of us are bi-lingual and enjoy reading books in multiple languages. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 11:18:33 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I read Spanish myself. Just don't understand most of it. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 1:15:50 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
I know you will say you were just joking (there was a smiley there, after all), but this is terribly parochial.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011, 1:15:59 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:

Posted on Sep 12, 2011, 3:21:13 PM PDT
I'm with Jazzy Jeff. I took 3 years of Russian 40 years ago, so I can read it but can't understand it.
Well....I can also sing "Очи чёрные;"

Posted on Sep 13, 2011, 11:59:48 PM PDT
Kuma says:
I don't speak Russian but I can tell you that K3 has no problem with complex character sets (it handles Chinese and Japanese without problems). There are probably 5,000 Chinese characters in fairly common use in written Japanese, so there should be little problem with more simple languages (simple in terms of writing system) such as Cyrillic.

For content you would probably be best to look for open source books. There are open source libraries such as project Guttentag and so forth, so I expect that you could read out of copyright Russian classics without any problem. Contemporary works may be a problem.

You can use the free Calibre software to switch formats and use this to change open source documents (without digital rights management) into a format which Kindle can understand.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011, 5:43:59 PM PDT
Anybody interested in reading recent Russian books in electronic form should take a look at

They offer thousands and thousands of titles, mostly new releases, far better than what Amazon has. They offer downloads in a choice of formats -- for the Kindle, the best is probably .mobi -- and there's no copy-protection. The prices are great! I just downloaded a copy of the new novel from the very popular "ironic detective" author Darya Dontsova for sixty rubles, which converts to about two bucks, American. That's not some special discount price -- all the books are priced similarly. They read great on the Kindle. They accept many different forms of payment, including PayPal, in case you're leery about giving your account information away.

I suspect that the publishers are getting a better deal out of litres than they would out of Amazon, which is why might not be making their books available at the Kindle store at this time.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011, 6:21:56 PM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
I've thought about trying to find a translator for my books. I'd love to offer Hindi, Chinese, and Russian versions!

Finding someone fluent in both languages who is willing to work for the peanuts I can afford has been tough, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2011, 6:54:15 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Frank, I had one of my readers contact me about doing a translation. Then asked other readers who spoke the language to evaluate the translation for me. That seemed to work pretty was just a short piece, though. What we did was I allowed the translator exclusive rights to the translation for a year...that way, it didn't cost me anything and that seemed to work out pretty well.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011, 7:07:13 PM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
Bufo, that's an excellent idea, about offering them the rights! I never thought of that.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011, 6:34:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2011, 12:13:22 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
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Hm, seems to down at the moment...

Edit: Works now. Looks quite impressive. So, Russian books are still cheap, almost as they were 30+ years ago when I was struggling with Cyrillic in collections of problems in physics and math (some were translated to English by Russian publishers, though, like a classic by Boris Pavlovich Demidovich "Problems in Mathematical Analysis"). Assistant professor who used examples from them told us "Come on, number is число, the rest is the same!"

Posted on Sep 15, 2011, 8:05:17 AM PDT
Bob Nailor says: seems like one great website for books in Russian. Now all I need to do is figure out how to get my book translated and to them to sell.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011, 11:24:24 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Frank, this is what we did...feel free to adapt it:


I grant you permission to publish your translation (as previously sent to me) of <snip> in your blog and in reprint compilations of your blog.

I will not authorize another Portuguese version of the story for at least one year (until May 10, 2012), and will not publish your translation elsewhere without attempting to notify you first.

I will link to your blog on <snip> and you will attribute the original to me (Bufo Calvin) and link to <snip>.

This is done with no licensing fee to me and no payment (outside of this grant of license) to you for the translation.

If these terms are acceptable to you, please let me know in an e-mail reply to this e-mail.


The "snips" are so I'm not advertising anything of mine in this forum.

I didn't have it vetted by a lawyer, but I think it is pretty clear.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011, 11:33:39 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011, 11:35:37 AM PDT
Jeremy Cohen says:
Try there is a link at the bottom that reads translate a document. I would still get a proofreader to proof it in russian, google is not perfect.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011, 11:52:05 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
"google is not perfect"

In that respect Google is *very* far from perfect.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011, 12:09:18 PM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
Thanks Bufo! That looks great.

I'll put out some feelers to the Modern Languages department here on campus, and see if anyone is interested...
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