Posted in March 2009

Mystery Shopper: In Many Bookshops with Mr Charmley

There’s a mystery shopper out there, and it might be your shop he visits next: the mysterious Mr Charmley, aka ‘Highland Host’, has been touring a few of the UK’s Christian bookshops and reporting back on them on his blog, Strict and Particular. Look out for him coming your way — apparently you can recognise him … Continue reading

USA: Disappointment at Low Turnout for Christian Book Expo

The overwhelming feeling expressed by those involved with the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s (ECPA) Christian Book Expo, held at the Dallas Convention Center, March 19th – 22nd, is a sense of disappointment at the low turnout. Michael Hyatt, President and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers as well as Chairman of ECPA, who has been twittering throughout and … Continue reading

Wesley Owen Want You – and a New Name for STL UK?

Wesley Owen want you — but they don’t want to pay you, they want you to volunteer, which is nothing new in the Christian sector. They also want you to know that they’re a worthy cause: 100% Charity, apparently. So no commercial or business interest, then? No competing with other retailers? I find myself wondering what, … Continue reading

House on the Rock: New Christian Bookshop Opens in Bury

Christians in Bury, Greater Manchester, had cause to celebrate last week at the Official Opening of The House on the Rock, Bury’s new Christian Bookshop and Café, by the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester. The opening ceremony, held on Tuesday March 17th, was attended by representatives from local schools, churches and businesses along with local … Continue reading

The Bicycle Thieves

UKCBD > Christian Book & Music Reviews > Music > The Bicycle Thieves The Bicycle Thieves Superhero  Product Code: 837654175941 / SH1CD3  SH1 Music, 2009  £9.99 Category: Music  Reviewed by: Phil Groom Coming in to land somewhere between Delirious and U2 but no pale imitation of either, Superhero’s The Bicycle Thieves brings us Christian rock at its best: distinctive, sometimes melodic, sometimes brash, but … Continue reading

Christian Publishers Representatives (CPR) Disbanded

Christian Publishers Representatives (CPR), the SPCK sales force which amongst others also represents Oxford University Press, Wild Goose and OneWorld, is to be disbanded. The news emerged yesterday in a comment left here by Melanie Carroll of Unicorn Tree Books: It would seem STL are not the only ones now resorting to losing the Rep Force – SPCK seems … Continue reading

Fasting and Feasting

UKCBD > Christian Book Reviews > Seasonal > Lent & Easter > Fasting and Feasting Fasting and Feasting  Daily Bible Readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day Gordon Giles  ISBN 9781841015699 (1841015695)  BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship), 2008  £7.99 Category: Seasonal  Subcategory: Lent & Easter  Reviewed by: Jody Stowell The theme of ‘fasting and feasting’ seems perfectly at home … Continue reading

Kingsway Buys Fierce! Distribution

In a Press Release issued yesterday, Monday, March 2nd, 2009, Kingsway Communications announced its acquisition of Fierce! Distribution. This places the actual distribution process in the hands of STL. The announcement was accompanied by a note asking retailers for patience whilst the transition takes place, reiterated in the press release itself: All sales placed on and … Continue reading

Farewell to Tim Alban as STL Cuts Sales Team

In the March 2009 issue of Christian Marketplace, just out this weekend, Richard McChesney, Business Development Manager at STL, writes: As concern over the UK economy continues to grow, it’s more important than ever to be properly prepared for these financially testing times… … if you’re feeling the pinch, you may need to consider job cuts but it … Continue reading