Feldheim is one of a very small group of Jewish religious book publishers, and one of an even smaller group that specializes in Jewish religious books in English. Their books and catalog represent a significant portion of Jewish religious literature found in many Jewish homes throughout the US.
Sadly the company is (probably) being affected by both the economic downturn and a shift in technology to ebooks (with the Kindle and iPad proliferation). Unfortunately this bodes poorly for Jewish religious literature and books and the Jewish community.
If the company is purchased, expect prices to rise with a decrease in competition. If the company goes under, expect a massive loss of Jewish literature that could have been released en masse as ebooks right now!
Maybe a more nimble competitor will arise out of the ashes. Let’s hope.