Posted in January 2009

How ‘Not Under Bondage’ came to be written

In November last year I featured John Wilks’ review of Barbara Roberts’ book, Not Under Bondage. I invited Barbara to tell us more about the book and why she wrote it. This is the second of two articles she prepared in response to that invitation. Barbara writes: In a previous post, I described my book … Continue reading

Legs of Lamb

I enjoy walking. When the weather’s fit and it’s not too far. Most mornings I get off the tube a stop early and walk in to work, and given the opportunity I’ll happily walk for miles along the coast or the canal towpath. But when Gary Lamb emailed me about his book, Legs of Lamb (New … Continue reading

A Further Note about Directory Updates

First of all, my thanks to everyone who has been in touch about out of date UKCBD entries: the updates requested are underway and the focus on updates will continue throughout January/February 2009. Secondly, my apologies to those who have been inconvenienced as a result of out of date entries. It is to you, primarily, that … Continue reading

It’s Hard to be a Bookseller

Rather like being a carpenter, except you get paper-cuts instead of cutting yourself on a sharp tool. But often as not, it can be the customers that are sharpest… IT’S HARD TO BE A CARPENTER I WONDER what He charged for chairs At Nazareth. And did men try to beat Him down, And boast about it … Continue reading

Keeping Up to Date, Getting Up to Speed

Keeping Up to Date Thank you to everyone who has responded to my request earlier this month to check their UKCBD entries. If you’re a bookshop owner or member of staff and you have not yet done so, please do; and if you’re a bookshop customer or other visitor, please do let me know if you … Continue reading

Were you there? Last Week’s CBC Presentation

On Tuesday 13th January, Christian Resources Exhibitions (CRE), the new owners of the Christian Booksellers Convention (CBC), gave a presentation on their plans for the future development of CBC: In a period of economic uncertainty the need for a vibrant and forward-thinking event has never been more crucial and CBC joining with CRE will ensure … Continue reading

Shoemakers, Newbury, Celebrates 5th Anniversary

CONGRATULATIONS to Shoemakers, Newbury, as they celebrate their 5th anniversary today: It’s almost unbelievable, but this January marks our 5th anniversary. To mark the occasion we will be having a thanksgiving service at St Nicolas church on 17 January 2009 – 5 years to the day since we opened our doors for the first time. … Continue reading

Zondervan, STL and Price Stickers: and the price is…?

Pre-printed prices on books have long been a bone of contention in the publishing world, with the issue cropping up repeatedly in the pages of the Bookseller both before and since the Booksellers Association (BA) issued its guidelines on re-pricing back in 2005, Code of Practice – Price Stickers. The guidelines for Publishers and Distributors are … Continue reading

Updates in Progress

Is your UKCBD entry up to date? Over the next few weeks I’ll be making a concerted effort to update as many Directory entries as possible. Please help by checking your shop’s entry and letting me know if any changes are needed, either by leaving a comment on this post or by sending me a … Continue reading