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Statistics for 2005

Israel Publishing Statistics 2005


​The Hebrew Book Week 2006 took place in Israel on June 7-17. On the occasion of this event the National Library  reported annual data about books published in Israel during 2005. The National Library is the legal deposit library of Israel, and receives, according to the “Books Law”, two copies of each book, journal, cassette or disk published in Israel. The publications are catalogued in the Library's catalogue and the Israel Union List.

​New Titles and Current Periodicals

During the previous year 8,405 new Israeli titles were registered by the Legal Deposit Department: 6,840 books, 915 new periodicals, and 650 non-print titles, such as CDs and cassettes. In addition, 12,874 issues of current periodicals were received. The Library's catalogue is the most comprehensive in Israel, and includes the vast majority of the titles published in Israel.
Hebrew and Other Languages
Most of the books are in Hebrew: 5,788 titles. The next common languages are English: 567 titles and Russian: 183 titles. This year 92 new Arabic titles were recorded. The rise in the number of Arabic books is due to strengthening ties between the National Library and publishers who publish in Arabic. The National Library assumes that the number of Arabic titles published in Israel is greater than what is recorded in the Library, and will continue to make an effort in the coming years to locate and record them. 39 French titles were recorded in Israel last year, 21 in German and 18 in Spanish. 11 Yiddish titles were recorded, 5 in Ladino, and 2 in Georgian. A few books were published in other languages, such as Polish, Czech, Italian and Chinese.
Most of the Hebrew books, about 88%, were originally written in Hebrew, and about 12% were translated into Hebrew.



The breakdown of the 6,840 books is as follows:

Children Books and Text Books
About 460 books for children and youth were deposited in the library – about 7% of the total number of books received.
In addition, 225 text books were deposited – about 3% of the total number of books received.

Type of Publishing
53% of the books were published by commercial publishing houses.
10% of the books were published by the government and governmental institutions.
6% of the books were published by educational institutions – universities, colleges and schools.
15% of the books were published by associations, foundations, museums, community centers and other organizations.
16% of the books were self-published by authors.



The orthodox and ultra-orthodox sector was responsible for 22% of the total titles that were published in Israel in 2004.




Israeli Publishers
The National Library's Legal Deposit Department maintains an extensive listing of Israeli publishers, including many minor publishers who issue only a few books a year. The information recorded includes address, telephone, and fax number of each publisher. The database includes 1,448 active publishers and organizations, which engage in publishing.
930 are commercial publishing houses, and 518 are non-commercial.
489 publishers published for the orthodox sector, and 5 for non-Jewish religious communities.