CONGRATULATIONS to all this year’s Christian Resources Together award winners! As most of this blog’s readers know, of course, the conference took place over Monday & Tuesday of this week, 2nd – 3rd June 2014, with the Awards Ceremony held on the Monday evening, many of the results tweeted by Eddie Olliffe.
UPDATE 18/6/2014: Official photos and the full list of award winners are now available on the CRT website: visit http://www.christianresourcestogether.co.uk/2014awardwinnersgallery.htm to view! Continue reading
IN A TRADE ANNOUNCEMENT issued yesterday, Penfold Card and Gift have provided details of their post-TMD distribution and representation arrangements, with all Penfold product expected to be available via Marston Book Services as from late May/early June 2014. Representation to the Christian sector will be as follows: London and the South East, plus South Wales: Andrew Gray The … Continue reading
THE RECENT COLLAPSE OF TMD caused not only a major trade distribution crisis but also left many Christian retailers wondering what was to become of their stock control and ordering system, Synergi, which had been custom developed for TMD trade customers and was made available free of charge in July 2010. Today, the answer has emerged: BookSolve, … Continue reading
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
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
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
EVERY NOW AND THEN an author simply blows you away: great stories, great storytelling (the two are not the same) and stunning illustrations bringing the stories to life. That’s what Fiona Veitch-Smith’s Young David series with illustrations by Amy Barnes brings us, a winning combination for children and their parents alike, as well as for those … Continue reading
UPDATED 24/4/2014: Penfold Card and Gift announce trade distribution via Marston and appoint regional reps.
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
“BOOKAFÉ? NEVER HEARD OF THEM,” I hear you say. Nor had I until an intriguing email landed in my inbox: Hello. We’d like to register with UKCBD… Weird name, I thought, but I believe in living dangerously: I hit the link and found myself looking at a Portuguese website featuring a Christian bookshop and café … Continue reading
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