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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
    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…