Posted in May 2010

Kingsway Polls: Because the questions won’t go away…

Over the last few weeks we’ve been having a lively discussion about Kingsway’s practice of offering “discounts” at by comparing their own prices to their own RRPs, typified in the following screenshot of the new Very Best of Graham Kendrick album:

Kingsway: John Paculabo Responds

My thanks to John Paculabo of Kingsway for taking time out of his busy schedule to respond to some of the concerns that have been raised in recent posts here and in the letters section of Christian Marketplace over the last three issues (April | May | June). Since John’s comment is fairly long, I’ll … Continue reading

Service, promotion and commitment: IVP’s new trade partnership scheme

IVP’s latest trade bulletin, e-Bookmark, introduces their updated trade partnership scheme, launched at the Christian Resources Together Retailers and Suppliers Retreat earlier this month, along with details of several new promotions and new/forthcoming titles. The buzzwords for the new scheme are service, promotion and commitment, and from my perspective as a retailer I have to … Continue reading

Everything Christian Needs You

Everything Christian, the news, reviews and opinion portal launched by Ian Matthews in November last year, needs a new owner: could that be you? Ian explains: Due to other work commitments I have been forced to put Everything Christian on hold at the moment, which is a shame as the feedback and traffic have been … Continue reading

New Frontiers for No Frontiers?

And each one heard them speaking in their own language… No Frontiers, the foreign language book and Bible suppliers previously distributed by Kingsway, have moved all their stock to a new warehouse in the north east of England, from where they are now operating in partnership with Open Door Trading, distributors for Newfrontiers. Explaining the … Continue reading

Shout Out to Publishers: “Bookshops and booksellers are still your most significant route to market”

In a no-holds-barred challenge to the UK book trade reported by Graeme Neill in the Bookseller — online on Monday and in yesterday’s print edition, pictured — Booksellers Association President Sharon Murray has called for greater co-operation between publishers and booksellers. Speaking at the 2010 Book Industry Conference on Monday, Murray was addressing the challenge … Continue reading

Kingsway, Cross Rhythms and the cost of Christian music: are retailers being priced out of the market?

Revisiting this month’s Christian Marketplace, I was encouraged to see Jonathan Brown, Kingsway’s Business Development Director, responding to Robin Henderson’s questions about Christian CD prices in the Letters section (p.4, April & May issues). Whilst I acknowledge what Jonathan says about economy of scale and appreciate the huge investment Kingsway makes in supporting its artists and … Continue reading