Ahead of Hebrew Book Week, the National Library Presents the Israeli Publishing Statistics for 2018
This year a special section is dedicated to examining the attitude toward disabilities and special needs in children’s and youth literature, from the establishment of the State to the present day
Highlights of the 2018 report:
- An increase in publishing (879 more titles were published in 2018, as compared to 2017).
- The increase in publishing for the past decade stands at 35% (6,326 publications in 2008, as compared with 8,571 in 2018).
- Over 400 biographies were published this year- an increase of 20%, as compared to the previous year. In addition, 22 biographies were published specifically for children and youth- many of them focused on women.
- Most of the non-religious literature intended for ultra-Orthodox readers was written by women (80%).
- In the past year, 430 new e-books and 550 audiobooks were received at the National Library.
This year, the National Library's publishing report includes a special chapter examining the attitudes toward people with special needs in children's literature throughout the country's 70 years, with the aim of examining whether children’s and youth literature reflect the changing norms and values of cultural discourse and whether different groups in Israeli society are given expression or not.