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Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir

Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir is the leading trade publishing company in Israel. The component imprints represent a rich legacy of Israeli publishing that pre-dates the establishment of the State of Israel.

 

The History

Our first imprint, Dvir, is the most prestigious publishing house in Israel, originally founded in Odessa, 1919by the Jewish national poet, Haim Nachman Bialik. Following the Russian Revolution, the company was moved to Berlin and later, in 1924, to Israel.

Established by the grandfather of the current C.E.O., Israel Zmora, Machbarot Lesifrut dates back to 1939 and today serves as our showcase imprint for the best in international literary fiction.

Zmora-Bitan Publishers (ZBM) was established in 1973 by Ohad Zmora. In 1986 ZBM acquired Dvir, together with its affiliates Karni and Megiddo. The ZBM list includes classics of world and Hebrew literature, contemporary fiction and non-fiction, children's books, politics, biography and psychology.

Kinneret Publishing House was founded by Yoram and Talma Roz in 1978 and quickly became known as one of Israel's most innovative and dynamic publishing houses with a list of highly successful children's books, popular fiction, as well as an extensive list of gift books. Kinneret was among the first houses to produce and market in Israel a variety of new formats including book + cassette, board books,pop-ups etc.

 

Facts and Figures

Kinneret-Zmora employs a staff of 70, publishes around 300 new titles a year and has a huge combined backlist numbering some 6500 titles by 3000 authors. It publishes in a wide range of genres including classic and contemporary Hebrew fiction, international literary and commercial fiction, popular science, history, sociology, current affairs and politics, dictionaries and reference, psychology, biography, inspirational, self-help, young adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, gift and novelty books, travel guides, design and architecture and more. Kinneret-Zmora employs literary scouts in New York, London, Paris and Beijing who make sure that we are kept abreast of the latest developments in the world of books.

 

The Vision

Kinneret-Zmora remains committed to publishing works of excellence in all genres to the highest standards. We continue to strive to attain the highest editorial values and we are embracing new technologies in order to further refine and improve our production and marketing capabilities. Print-on-Demand (POD) digital printing resources are now available ensuring that our extensive backlist remains alive and marketable. Lastly, we intend to enhance our Internet presence through the expansion of our literary weblog (www.kinnblog.com), the only website of its kind operating in Hebrew, and our website www.kinbooks.co.il

 

Tsomet Sefarim

Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir are partners on the retail side of operations in the groundbreaking Tsomet Sefarim (Book Junction) chain which will number 80 stores by 2010. All this adds up to an unparalleled ability to publish, publicize, distribute and market books in Israel, primarily titles from our own imprints, but also those from other publishers. Tsomet Sefarim has gained a 40% market share, employs some 700 full-time staff and has an annual turnover of around 70 million Euros.

 



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