Distribution Update: All change as publishers switch distribution channels at “unprecedented scale and speed”

Distribution Update: All change as publishers switch distribution channels at “unprecedented scale and speed”

UPDATED 4/4/2014: Harvest House and Moody Publishing added: now also available from IVP/Partnership Distribution. Poster showing full publishers list available from IVP/Partnership Distribution also added.

OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS a number of leading Christian publishers have switched distribution channels in what Brian Wilson, IVP’s Chief Executive, has described as “a totally unprecedented scale and speed of change, the like of which I have never witnessed in my 20 years in this trade.”

Those that have come to my attention so far are… Continue reading

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Let’s get digital: Young David comes of age

Let’s get digital: Young David comes of age

IF, LIKE ME, you’re a fan of Fiona Veitch Smith’s Young David series then you’ll love this news: the Young David app (mentioned in my previous post, Out Now! David and the Grumpy King) is on its way, release date 24th April — and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did: you’ll be able to download book 1, David and the Hairy Beast, free for the first seven days!

I’d tell you more, but far better if I hand over to Fiona… Continue reading

Penfold Card and Gift survive TMD meltdown

CONGRATULATIONS to Michael & Cherith Penfold and their team, who yesterday announced a relaunch of Penfold Card & Gift. Both Penfold Card & Gift and STL (which became Trust Media Distribution, TMD) were acquired by John Ritchie Ltd in 2009 and the company’s entire wholesale division was consolidated in Carlisle in 2011 (see Penfold Card and Gift moving to Carlisle for further details of that transfer). Penfold then remained … Continue reading

Farewell to Carlisle’s Christian distribution service as TMD enters Administration

Farewell to Carlisle’s Christian distribution service as TMD enters Administration

TRUST MEDIA DISTRIBUTION, the Carlisle based Christian distribution company that took on the mantle of STL Distribution after the company collapsed in 2009, has itself now entered administration. A source from within the company, who did not wish to be named, indicated last night that all staff — including the entire customer service team and most of the warehouse staff — had been made redundant with immediate effect apart from a small team retained to help with the final wind up. Continue reading

2013: The UK Christian Bookshop Stats

2013: The UK Christian Bookshop Stats

HERE’S A BRIEF SNAPSHOT of how things panned out amongst the UK’s Christian bookshops in 2013: New UKCBD Entries: 34 Ceased Trading:  17 Closures Announced: 7 At first glance, this looks encouraging: exactly twice as many UKCBD entries added as archived; a closer examination, however, reveals that most new entries were for shops that already existed … Continue reading