Amid Book Week Celebrations, a Battle Over Discounting

Publishers say the bargains are threatening to put them out of business; culture minister Limor Livnat is coming to the rescue with price controls.

This year's Hebrew Book Week, which opened Wednesday with festivities throughout the country, takes place under the shadow of fierce competition between the two bookstore chains constituting a duopoly in Israel: Steimatzky and Tzomet Sfarim.