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23 May, 2006

8405 New Israeli Titles Published in 2005, JNUL Reports

Book Week (Photo: Sasson Tiram)
Book Week (Photo: Sasson Tiram)

In anticipation of Hebrew Book Week, which will be from June 7-17 this year, the Jewish National and University Library of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has published data about books published in Israel during 2005

The JNUL is the legal deposit library of Israel, and receives, according to the Israel “Book Act,” two copies of each book, journal, cassette or disk published in Israel. The publications are catalogued in the JNUL catalogue in the Israel national bibliography and in the Israel Union List.

New Titles and Current Periodicals

During the last year 8,405 new Israeli titles were registered by the Legal Deposit Department of the JNUL: 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 at JNUL. The JNUL 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. Last year only 62 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 estimates 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.

Thirty-nine French titles were published in Israel last year, 21 in German and 18 in Spanish. Eleven Yiddish titles were recorded, five in Ladino, and two in Georgian. Some books were also 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's Books and Text Books

About 460 books for children and youth were deposited in the library – accounting for about 7% of the total number of books received. In addition, 225 textbooks 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.

Sectors

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

Israeli Publishers

The Jewish National and University 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 the address, telephone, and fax number of each publisher. The database includes 1,448 active publishers and organizations which engage in publishing. Of them, 930 are commercial publishing houses, and 518 are non-commercial, while 489 publishers published for the orthodox sector, and five for non-Jewish religious communities.

Nineteen publishers published mainly in Russian, and another 42 publishers published in Russian beside their main Hebrew activity. Fifteen publishers published mainly in Arabic, and 30 publishers published in Arabic besides Hebrew.



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