Hebrew Book Week Becomes a Steimatzky Sale, Instead of Multi-publisher Fair

Traditionally Hebrew Book Week has been a platform for individual publishers to display their wares and of course such fairs still exist in some locations.

Hebrew Book Week, which runs through June 15, is in full swing, but the open-air book fair that used to feature stands by over a dozen publishers has become a showcase for a single retailer, in many locales. In Rishon Letzion, for example, all of the stalls are sponsored by Steimatzky's. The bookstore chain's logo is ubiquitous, appearing on everything from the signs on the stands to the T-shirts worn by those...