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Saul Orbach, President, Digital Sefer.

Saul Orbach, President, Digital Sefer.

Presented at the Future of Jewish Nonprofit Summit, July 27, 2010 in New York, NY. http://fojnp.com

Part of Quickfire: "Judaism 2025”

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    The Future of Jewish Publishing [Saul Orbach] FOJNP NY 2010 The Future of Jewish Publishing [Saul Orbach] FOJNP NY 2010 Presentation Transcript

    • The Future of Jewish Publishing
      Saul Orbach
      Digital Sefer
    • Digital Sefer
      Make available the entire corpus of Hebrew language & Jewish content, including books, magazines and other media to a worldwide audience via a digital format.
    • Internet Has Changed Everything
      Living thru a period of dynamic transition
      Changed everything:
      Way we access information
      How we ‘use’ it
      The value we attribute to it
      How much we want to pay for it (not much)
    • Pre 2000 to 2010
      2000:Early e-readers didn’t catch on
      2007: Nov 19: Amazon introduced Kindle
      Kindle e-reader
      Massive content available
      Aggressive business relationship w/ pubs that allows them to sell Kindle books for loss, $9.99
      2007: Jan 9: iPhone released
      2010: Jan 27: iPad introduced, released Apr
      Publisher revolt against Amazon
      2010: before EOY: Lenovo to release LePad
      2010 – The year of the Tablet
    • The State of Amazon
      Jul 23: Amazon Gets $1B Sales Via Mobile
      Jul 19: Kindle books outselling hardcovers on Amazon by 43% last 3 months. Last 4 weeks: 80%
      Jeff Bezos: selling hardcover for 15 years, Kindle books 33 months
      Industry Analysts: E-book sales leaped more than 207%
      Kindle e-reader: success, but no sales figures
      Failed to innovate, looks very shabby
      Kindle Apps for iPhone, Android, iPad, Macs & PCs,
      Apple's tens of millions iPhones sold can't be matched by tens of millions of Kindles.
      Kindle facing increased competition from other e-readers
      Widening belief that the iPad and other tablets could end its market control
      analysts at Credit Suisse estimated that Amazon's share of e-book sales would fall from 90% to 35% in the next five years.
    • The Race to the Bottom for e-readers
      e-reader device segment is busily price-slashing in "race to the bottom"
      e-reader market:
      NOT about e-ink hardware
      IS about selling e-published content that can be read on the explosively-growing tablet PC hardware
      e-publishing is where all the interesting changes to the publishing game are going on
      Parallel to the Netbook Phenomenon
    • Jewish Publishing
      Jewish Book World reviews between 600-700 books annually
      More than 400 new titles submitted each year as candidates for the National Jewish Book Awards.
    • Israeli Book Statistics for 2009
      New Israeli book titles:
      6,326 books & 500 new periodicals
      16,306 issues of current periodicals and newspapers
      Hebrew and Other Languages
      Hebrew titles: 5,582 =88%
      (87% originally in Hebrew, 13% translated)
      English: 356 titles
      Russian: 179 titles.
      Arabic: 169 titles
      Source: http://www.jnul.huji.ac.il/eng/lgd-statistics-2010.html
    • Israeli Book Statistics for 2009
      Type of Publishing
      Commercial publishing houses: 52%
      Government: 5%
      Educational institutions: 5%
      Assns, foundations, museums, and other organizations: 17%
      Self-published:21%
      Source: http://www.jnul.huji.ac.il/eng/lgd-statistics-2010.html
    • Israeli Book Statistics for 2009
      Israeli Publishers
      Active publishers and organizations 1,527
      Commercial publishing houses: 980 (64%)
      Non-commercial: 539
      Orthodox sector: 496
      Non-Jewish religious communities: 8
      Source: http://www.jnul.huji.ac.il/eng/lgd-statistics-2010.html
    • Israeli Book Statistics for 2009
      Sectors
      The orthodox and ultra-orthodox sector was responsible for 33% of the total titles that were published in Israel in 2009.
      Source: http://www.jnul.huji.ac.il/eng/lgd-statistics-2010.html
    • Jewish Publishing
      Subject to the same: tech transition, general economy and changes to the book business
      Also subject to changes in:
      Jewish demography/identity/affiliation
      Jewish philanthropy
      Religious sector will always want books because of Shabbat
      Most publishers can’t afford to publish
      Raise money to pay for pre-press costs (66%)
    • Some Thoughts About The Future
      The Challenge:
      accommodate readers & stay in business
      Its about providing content, not e-readers
      Models and paradigms need to change
      The religious sector will always want books
      Self publishing and Print-on-Demand will increase
    • A Closing Thought on the Future of Publishing
      A Closing Thought
      In case you think you have it figured out…