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With the growth of the Internet, there are now many, many, many retailers of both secular and Jewish products on the Internet. This reading list cannot claim to list them all; however, we can identify some of the largest ones. Note that the FAQ makes no claim as to the quality of any of these services. They are likely all good, but the reading list can provide no guarantees.
The following commercial concerns all provide a large selection of books, including a fair selection of Jewish books:
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When you see the Amazon graphic (or "[Buy at Amazon: http:...]") on an entry in the reading list, this indicates that the specific book is available for purchase at Amazon. Click on the graphic/link to go to Amazon and purchase the book.
Barnes and Noble. http://www.bn.com/
The following retailers all provide a large selection of Jewish books:
Broders Rare and Used Books.
A good sources for the rare or used books, often not stocked by other retailers.
A collection of online Jewish retailers
Operated by Tara Publications. Stocks both books and music.
Operated by US Judaica, formerly Pinsker's Bookstore in Pittsburgh PA. This concern is well known from their land-line number: 1-800-JUDAISM.
J. Levine Books and Judaica.
Based out of New York, NY. Sells books, media, and Judaica.
My Jewish Books. http://www.myjewishbooks.com/
An online discount Jewish bookstore. Orders are fulfilled by Amazon.com, and proceeds go to tzedakah.
Virtual Jerusalem Shops.
A collection of Judaica shops in a wide variety of categories.
The following are publishers of Jewish Music or Jewish texts. You can often order directly from them. There is a list of publishers at http://www.lights.com/publisher/db/topics-Religion-Jewish.html. Additionally, almost all "mainstream" publishing houses, such as Simon and Schuster (http://www.simonsays.com/), Macmillan Publishers (http://www.macmillan.com/), Doubleday (http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/, another division of Random House), Random House (http://www.randomhouse.com/), Harper Collins (http://www.harpercollins.com/hc/), among others, all offer popular Judaica in their catalogs.
Some good publishers that focus specifically on Judaica are:
Publishers of timeless Jewish classics, including Talmud commentaries. The S.C.J Reading Lists have also established a relationship with Artscroll. Support the Reading Lists by purchasing books through Artscroll. In the web version of the reading lists, you can use the Artscroll graphic link link to the left (or the link that is at the bottom of each page) to shop at Artscroll. If you are reading this without the graphical links, either visit http://www.scjfaq.org/rl/ to read the web version, or go to Artscroll directly at http://artscroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/home
When you see the Artscroll graphic (or "[Buy at Artscroll: http:...]") on an entry in the reading list, this indicates that the specific book is available for purchase at Artscroll. Click on the graphic/link to go to Artscroll and purchase the book.
Jacob Aronson Inc. http://www.aronson.com/
Publishers of Judaica
Aviv Press. http://www.avivpress.org/.
Publishing arm of the Conservative Movement.
Behrman House. http://www.behrmanhouse.com/
Behrman House is the leading publisher of Judaica and educational materials for Jewish religious schools in North America and in English-speaking countries around the world.
Publishes Jewish and family themed books.
Ben Yehuda Press. http://www.BenYehudaPress.com/. Books for the full spectrum of the Jewish experience, from Orthodox to Atheist. Religious books, spiritual books, scholarly books, books on the weekly Torah portion, educational titles, fiction, and poetry. Recent publications: The Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Tanakh Companion to the Book of Samuel, and Torah Journeys, by Shefa Gold.
CCAR Press. http://www.ccarnet.org/press/
Publishers of liturgical and reference material for the Reform movement.
"Bringing you the finest in Torah Literature for the Entire Family"
Five Star Publications.
Various categories including kosher cookbooks, Holocaust memoirs, consumer-oriented (Profits of Death, an expose of the funeral industry) and children's books.
Jewish Lights Publishing.
Publishers of a large amount of contemporary Jewish thought and practice books, including Anita Diamont's stuff.
Jewish Publishing Society.
The oldest publisher of Jewish literature published in the English language. Since 1888, JPS has providing titles that further Jewish culture and education
Jonathan David Press.
A New York-based nonfiction trade book publisher that specializes in sports, biography, reference, and popular Judaica. The parent corporation, Jonathan David Co., Inc., markets and distributes Jonathan David publications throughout the world. In addition, it issues Judaica Book Guide, a mail-order catalog offering the very best in Judaica from the lists of all publishers at bargain prices.
Kehot Publishing. http://www.kehotonline.com/
The publishing arm of Chabad.
KTAV Publishing Company http://www.ktav.com
Publisher of fine Jewish books and gifts, including prayer books, books for children and young adults, toys, games, school supplies and textbooks. KTAV also produces distinguished scholarly books on topics ranging from Biblical study to contemporary issues.
Milah Press. http://www.milahpress.com/
Books on the holocaust, Hebrew language, and Zionism.
Paulist Press http://www.paulistpress.com/
Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.
Publishes books of Jewish interest for all ages, including A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe, Passover Lite Kosher Cookbook, Kosher Cajun Cookbook, Kosher Creole Cookbook, Kosher Southern-Style Cookbook, Toby Belfer's Seder: A Passover Story Retold, Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree, and A Belfer Bar Mitzvah.
Praeger Press. http://www.praeger.com/.
The Reconstructionist Press.
Publishing arm of the Reconstructionist movement. Publishes over fifty titles dealing with Reconstructionist philosophy, liturgy, education and current issues in daily Jewish life. The press also publishes and distributes the works of Mordecai M. Kaplan.
A division of Random House, Schocken is well known for publishing scholarly books on a wide variety of Jewish subjects.
SHJ Press. http://www.shj.org/gift.html
The publishing arm of the Society for Humanistic Judaism movement.
Soncino Press. http://www.soncino.com/
Publishers of Judaic classic books.
Targum Press. http://www.targum.com/
A major publisher of Jewish books. A subsidiary of Feldheim Publishers.
UAHC Press. http://www.uahcweb.org/press/
Publishers of a large amount of material dealing with the Reform movement.
USCJ is the distributor of books for the Conservative movement.
The following University presses occasionally publish books of Jewish interest:
Columbia University Press. http://www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/bottom.html
Oxford University Press. http://www.oup-usa.org/
University of Chicago Press. http://www.press.uchicago.edu/
The following vendors and publishers provide books for more narrowly-focused audiences:
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