Can Judaica Shops Survive The Amazon Age?

Jewish bookstores writing new chapters in competition with Internet.
05/21/2012 - 20:00

The books are in the back at J. Levine Books and Judaica.

Before finding the volumes of Jewish titles at the midtown Manhattan store, customers encounter a rotating display of mezuzot on the left, followed by shelves of Kiddush cups and a rack featuring a Hebrew-language version of the word game Bananagrams. Sitting on the colorful shelves to the right are kippot, tallitot and assorted Jewish toys.

Sales of Judaica items are outpacing those of books, says J. Levine’s Daniel Levine. jta

Amazon Kindle's Israel Story

As digital readers are becoming more popular, it's important to give some credit to Israel's hi-tech industry for helping launch the Amazon Kindle. While there were digital readers on the market before Amazon released its Kindle, they never really caught on.

So what's the Israeli connection to the Kindle?

Lilach Zipory and her Israeli team at Oracle helped develop Amazon's Kindle e-reader
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