A Further Note about Directory Updates

UK Christian Bookshops Directory

First of all, my thanks to everyone who has been in touch about out of date UKCBD entries: the updates requested are underway and the focus on updates will continue throughout January/February 2009.

Secondly, my apologies to those who have been inconvenienced as a result of out of date entries.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 this post is addressed, as well, of course, as serving as another reminder to bookshop owners and managers.

Since the project was launched back in 2001, it has grown from a simple index of a relative handful of Christian Bookshops to a much more wide ranging resource, featuring trade news (news section launched 2004) and Book Reviews (also 2004) alongside separate indexes of Christian Cafés and Secondhand Dealers. Most recently, this blog was added in April 2008 followed by SPCK/SSG News, Notes & Info (June 2008), tracking developments in the ongoing debacle of the former SPCK bookshops.

As the project has grown, the amount of work involved has grown with it, making it increasingly difficult to track entries and keep them updated. At the same time, however, the project has remained a free and voluntary service: there are no charges for Directory listings and there are no paid staff.

Today, with more than 600 businesses listed, it’s more important than ever for those businesses to take ownership of their entries: for business owners, managers and shop staff to check their entries regularly and to take the initiative in letting me know when changes are needed (a point in fact spelt out in the site’s Terms of Use, excerpt below for quick reference).

Please keep this in mind when using the Directory: much as I’d like to have the time to review every entry on a regular basis, most entries will only ever be as up to date as the information last provided by the company/organisation concerned. If you come across an out of date entry, please make a point of notifying both the company concerned and myself.

Modification dates are noted at the top of each page: these, however, show when the page itself was last changed, not that all entries on the page have been checked. Entries added or updated since May 2005, however, feature a link to a corresponding standalone page and since January 2008 these have included the actual entry modification date, as shown top right in this example:

Standalone Entry for Norwich Christian Resource Centre

Standalone Entry for Norwich Christian Resource Centre

And finally, for those who may be wondering…

A Note About Finances

The project is financed by a combination of sponsorships, subscriptions, affiliate programmes and Google Adsense Advertising: 

This generates enough income to cover essential running costs such as web hosting, domain registration fees and other admin expenses along with some advertising. It does not generate enough to cover the cost of a full or even part time administrator. If you’d like to help or have any suggestions for better fundraising with that end in view, please get in touch. Thank you.

Excerpt from UKCBD Terms of Use

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that information in the Directory is accurate and up to date, no liability whatsoever can be accepted for any errors or consequences arising therefrom.

Entries are based upon information provided directly by or derived from the websites of the shops concerned and, in the case of Booksellers Association (BA) members, from the BA Members Directory (used with permission). Each shop or business listed is responsible for ensuring that its own listing is kept up to date.

No endorsement of any business listed is implied. Any relationship or transaction established between you and any business listed exists only between you and that business: it is your responsibility to satisfy yourself that the business meets your requirements.