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
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
“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
DESPITE WESLEY OWEN’S DECISION to close its Birmingham store as the company moves over to online-only operations, the legacy of Christian bookselling in this part of the city is set to continue with CLC Birmingham preparing to move into the vacated premises at Carrs Lane Church Centre. The shop has a remarkable history spanning 120 … Continue reading
YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT: you can support your local school or library — or even your local hospital or prison — and your local Christian bookshop and only pay half-price. The scheme I’m referring to is called Speaking Volumes and here’s what you need to do: Watch the video below to find out all … Continue reading