Keter Publishing House
Keter Publishing House (Hebrew: כתר ספרים Keter Sfarim, "Keter Books") is one of the largest publishers in Israel. It was formed in 2005 through a merger of Keter Publishing (Hebrew: כתר הוצאה לאור Keter Hotsa'a La'or) and Steimatzky. Keter has a large book marketing and distribution network, as well print services and book production for the Israeli domestic and export market. Keter is the most prominent publisher of contemporary Hebrew literature in Israel. Keter also published the first edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica and is a co-publisher of the Junior Britannica.
Founded in Jerusalem, the company started in 1959 as a government owned company. Originally named the The Israel Program for Scientific Translations (IPST), it was created at the initiative of longtime Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek. The company initially focused on the translation and publishing of scientific and technical manuscripts from Russian into English, mostly for the National Science Foundation of the United States.
During the 1960s the company expanded its publishing activities into English under the names "Israel Universities Press" (IUP) and "Keter Books". The government sold the company to Meniv Israel Investment Company in 1966 and in 1969 was sold again to Clal Israel, which renamed the company to Keter Publishing House. The company then focused on expanding publishing Judaica and Israel titles for exporting, publishing the acquired Encyclopedia Judaica, and created a printing and bindery division called Keterpress Enterprises.
In 1987 Keter went public. For a time controlling interest was held by Robert Maxwell though Macmillan, and then by Arledan, a Jerusalem based investment company. In 2005 Keter and the Steimatzky merged to form "Keter Books."
Keter has published the works of many well known contemporary Israeli authors:
Keter has published many translated works including those of:
- Douglas Adams
- Paul Auster
- Paolo Coelho
- Sándor Márai
- Haruki Murakami
- Boris Pasternak
- Philip Pullman
- Salman Rushdie
- W.G. Sebald
- Susan Sontag
- Donna Tartt
- Mario Vargas Llosa
- Keter Publishing House, Jewish Virtual Library
- Keter sold to MacMillan. (Keter Publishing House Jerusalem Ltd., MacMillan Inc.), ICEN, Israel Business Today, June 13, 1990
- Profit for Keter Press., Israel Business Today, June 12, 1992
- Keter, Steimatzky chains merging publishing business, Asia Africa Intelligence Wire - February 27, 2005