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Book Trade
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Book trade started not long after books were written. Scrolls were copied and traded among scholars. Later, production and distribution of canonical texts were crucial for keeping and practicing Jewish tradition in diasporic communities. The invention of printing and the Haskalah brought significant changes. In Europe the flourishing book trade came to a near end because of the Shoah. Today, online book shops provide Jewish titles from all periods to their international readership.

Jewish religion, law, and customs are based on traditional written texts. However, fo…

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Litt, Stefan, “Book Trade”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_031373>
First published online: 2023

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