Posted in June 2008

Independent Booksellers Week

Independent Booksellers Week, the Booksellers Association’s campaign to celebrate independent bookselling, begins tomorrow, Tuesday 1st July 2008, with hundreds of bookshops around the country gearing up for a week of special events including author signing sessions, quiz evening, readings and more. Shops taking part have been supplied with posters, bookmarks and balloons to help give the week … Continue reading

Dedicated SPCK/SSG Blog

A dedicated SPCK/SSG Blog (as previously mentioned here) is now live at, set up by exporting all related posts and comments from this blog. Future news and info will be posted there rather than here, with pointers here as appropriate. The invitation for volunteers to get involved remains open: all you need to do is sign up for a … Continue reading

Online and Active

is the theme of the next Booksellers Association Small Business Forum for independent booksellers. Advance booking is required but entry is free for BA members. Meryl Halls, Head of BA Membership Services, writes: Dear Independent Bookseller, Online & Active 15th July, Thistle City Hotel, Birmingham I do hope you can join us for the summer … Continue reading

Success Comes at a Price

But in this case, it was a price I was very happy to pay. In today’s email I received the following notice from SupaNames, hosts to the UK Christian Bookshops Directory: From:   SupaNames Support Subject: SupaNames: Date: 24 June 2008 10:32:09 BDT To: Dear Customer, re. As you are aware usage of … Continue reading

SPCK/SSG News Archives

Dave Walker has compiled an index of news reports and correspondence about the SPCK/SSG saga in the Church Times blog, which helpfully supplements his own Save the SPCK section. To that I’d like to add the UKCBD SPCK/SSG News Section, this site’s reports and reflections and the various reports in the Bookseller:  SPCK | SSG | St Stephen the Great. Should probably also add this … Continue reading

Nielsen BookScan needs YOUR data!

This time last month I queried the usefulness of STL’s monthly Core Stock recommendations, and I’m disappointed to have received no response from them: my requests and challenge to STL remain open. Amongst my observations I wrote: … all that STL’s warehouse sales data can tell us is what’s going into the shops they supply. It can’t … Continue reading

The Atonement Debate…

… rumbles on in evangelical circles, recently resurrected by Chris Tilling kindly citing my “recent and spunky” (Chris’s words) review of Norman McIlwain’s The Biblical Revelation of the Cross. Norman is opposed to the concept of penal substitution and drew his conclusions completely independently of the ‘Chalkegate Affair’ that stirred up evangelicals a few years ago. That’s no guarantee, … Continue reading

Dancing with D-words

Da Vinci & Dawkins: two D-words that seem to have dazzled the western world and its media over the past three or four years; and we’ve seen a massive spin-off in Christian publishing as writers have rushed in to respond, some at length and in depth, others barely skimming the surface. And blogs galore, of … Continue reading

March of the Clones

I’m sure it isn’t really a St Andrew’s Bookshops internet takeover bid, but somehow, looking at these, I can’t help wondering… Books Alive Bookshop Christian Book Centre Cornerstone Book Shop Illuminate Books Manna Christian Centre New Wine Direct Bookshop Tonbridge Christian Book Centre It’s not the “March of the Clones” effect that bothers me so … Continue reading

30a Sincil Street, RIP

Don’t quite know why, since as far as I remember I’ve never been there, but somehow today it struck me as unbearably sad to see the stripped-out windows of the former Sincil Street SPCK Lincoln shop in this estate agent’s flyer (zoomed in shot of the shop front further down). I guess what struck me … Continue reading