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Statistics for 2010

Israeli Book Statistics for 2010

The National Library of Israel is responsible for the preservation of Israel’s cultural assets for future generations, for researchers and scholars, and for the general public. To this end, the “Book Act” was passed, obligating anyone publishing a work in Israel to deposit two copies at the National Library of Israel.

The majority of Israeli publishers comply with the law and thus participate in the creation of the largest and most comprehensive collection of Israeli publication in the world.

New titles and current periodicals
During 2010, 7,339 new Israeli titles were registered by the Legal Deposit Department of the National Library: 6,285 books, 725 new periodicals, and 329 non-print titles, such as CDs and cassettes. In addition, some 16,500 issues of current periodicals and newspapers were received in the National Library of Israel. Although not covered by Legal Deposit, the Library also received 1,380 masters’ theses and 1,038 doctoral theses. 
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 published in Israel are in Hebrew: 5,432 titles. The next common languages are English: 406 titles and Russian: 237 titles. This year 153 new Arabic titles were recorded.
20 French titles were published in Israel during last year, 11 in Spanish, 11 in German and 5 in Romanian. 10 publications in various Jewish languages were received: 7 in Yiddish and three in Judeo-Tajikic (the language of Bukharan Jewry). A few books were published in other languages, such as Dutch, Polish and Italian.
Most of the Hebrew books, about 86% were originally written in Hebrew, and about 14% were translated into Hebrew.

The breakdown of the 6,285 Books is as follows: 
Books by Subjects
During 2010 about 590 books for children and youth were deposited in the library – almost 9% of the total number of books received. In addition, 105 textbooks were deposited – about 2% of the total number of books received. No less than 38 cookbooks were deposited. In addition 24 travel books in Israel were deposited, 107 books about the history of cities and the Yishuv, 336 biographies of Jews, 117 titles about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 158 books dealing with different aspects of the Holocaust and 315 titles concerning art (including exhibition catalogues). 
Type of Publishing 
55% of the books were published by commercial publishing houses.
4% of the books were published by the government or governmental institutions. 
5% of the books were published by educational institutions – universities, colleges and schools.
16% of the books were published by associations, foundations, museums, community centers and other organizations.
20% of the books were self-published by authors.

The orthodox and ultra-orthodox sector was responsible for 31% of the total titles that were published in Israel in 2010.

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 includes address, telephone, and fax number of each publisher. The database contains 1,540 active publishers and organizations, which engage in publishing.
988 are commercial publishing houses, and 500 are non-commercial.
499 publishers published for the orthodox sector and 8 for non-Jewish religious communities.

English was the main language for 38 publishers, while 317 publishers published in English as well as Hebrew. 21 publishers published mainly in Russian, and 51 publishers published in Russian besides Hebrew. 24 publishers published mainly in Arabic, and 39 published in Arabic in addition to Hebrew or other languages.
History of Israeli publishing
During the last year the National Library of Israel has added to its database of Israeli publishers information on 25 publishers from the earliest days of Zionist history. So far some 161 publishers, who have ceased to be active,  have been listed and documented. The database is a rich source of information on the history of publishing in Israel. Its importance derives not only from the national and historic perspective, but also from its practical value. It maps the copyright of works that appeared in the Land of Israel and makes it possible to locate copyright holders and heirs to publishers no longer in existence
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