Liters, the market leader for electronic and audiobooks in Russia and the CIS countries, on the eve of the Cosmonautics Day, provided Roskosmos cosmonauts with unlimited access to the service by presenting them with library cards from the project “Liters: Library”. Now the Russian crew members of the International Space Station will be able to read and listen to electronic and audio books from the largest catalog of works in Russian and foreign languages, including new items and bestsellers. Also Liters and the State Corporation “Roscosmos” learned about the literary preferences of the astronauts.
It turned out that among the books that had the greatest influence on the formation of their personality, the leading works by Jules Verne and Nikolai Gogol, “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov and “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
On the occasion of the anniversary of the first manned flight into space, which Yuri Gagarin made on April 12, 1961, Liters service and the Roscosmos State Corporation conducted a survey among Russian cosmonauts and found out which books had the greatest influence on the formation of their personality, made the greatest impression, and which books they would advise guys who dream of becoming astronauts. The research was attended by: test cosmonauts of the Roscosmos detachment Sergey Mikaev, Konstantin Borisov, Alexander Grebenkin, Kirill Peskov, Alexander Gorbunov, Alexey Zubritsky and Oleg Platonov, as well as Heroes of Russia, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Anton Shkaplerov, Andrey Borisenko and currently moment aboard the International Space Station Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Kud-Sverchkov. …
The books-leaders in the booklist in terms of influence on the formation of personality were the works of Jules Verne – “The Mysterious Island”, “Children of Captain Grant”, “20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov, “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Taras Bulba” and “Dead Souls” by Nikolai Gogol. Also, among the most impressive books, the survey participants named “The Problem of the Three Bodies” by Liu Tsixin, “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri, “1984” by George Orwell, “A Space Odyssey” by Arthur Charles Clarke, “Draft” by Sergei Lukyanenko, “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Russian cosmonauts have a lot of favorite authors: among the classics – Alexander Pushkin, Sergei Yesenin, Anton Chekhov, Herman Hesse, among the modern ones – Evgeny Vodolazkin, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Nasim Taleb, Alexey Salnikov and Richard Bach. Of course, the list also included science fiction writers: Kira Bulychev, the Strugatsky brothers, Isaac Azimov, Alexander Belyaev, Ivan Efremov and Sergei Tarmashev.
Also, the cosmonauts of the Roskosmos detachment recommended to the guys who dream of space a must-have list of books to read. The leaders are science fiction, popular science literature and encyclopedias on astronomy, physics, computer science and history, books about the development of space technology, exploration of the Earth and the surrounding space, as well as the works of Kir Bulychev, Ray Bradberry and the Strugatsky brothers.
A list of books selected by Russian cosmonauts can be found on the Liters website: books that inspire cosmonauts.
Also, especially for April 12, the book service Liters has prepared a special gift for the Russian cosmonauts who are on the ISS. They were presented with library cards of “Liters: Libraries” – a project with the help of which they were able to take with them into space in a convenient format simultaneously more than 730,000 works in Russian and foreign languages – English, German, Spanish, French and many others. The service catalog contains both classics and novelties, and bestsellers in electronic and audio formats. For example, the Russian crew members of the Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft, whose flight is scheduled for April 9, 2021, will be among the first to get acquainted with the latest book by Guzel Yakhina “Echelon to Samarkand”, which is presented exclusively at liters.
“We are very glad that in the tight work schedule Russian cosmonauts find time to read and listen to books, and it is a great honor for us to see them among Liters readers. The service fully meets all the requirements of a modern user: you can read and listen anywhere and anytime 24/7 (even in space!), Books are just one click away, and a system of personal recommendations will help you not to get lost in a wide range of liters, ”comments Sergey Anuryev, general director of the group of companies “Liters”.
Liters: Library is a project through which state public libraries can distribute electronic and audio books to their visitors. Anyone can connect to it. To do this, you need to contact one of the libraries indicated on the card to obtain a library card.