LESS THAN A YEAR after the UK Christian book trade was plunged into turmoil by Biblica’s decision to pull the plug on its UK operations, STL UK’s new owners, who picked up the pieces in Carlisle in the wake of Biblica’s pull out, have announced an exclusive UK trade representation and distribution deal with Biblica Europe for the forthcoming 7th edition of Operation World alongside an exclusive UK distribution agreement for Biblica US titles.
Although Biblica’s international leaders have yet to publicly acknowledge or show any signs of repentance for the damage they caused not only to the UK trade but, more importantly, to individual lives and livelihoods, this new trading relationship must surely be good news and a sign of hope as trust is slowly rebuilt in the trade: congratulations to all involved at STL UK on showing sufficient grace to broker this deal. May it open the door to a new era for the entire trade.
From the official press release, issued Friday 17 Sept 2010:
STL Distribution to Distribute New Edition of Operation world to UK Trade
STL Distribution and Biblica Europe have signed a new agreement which will see STL Distribution acting as the exclusive sales representative and distributor to the UK trade for the new edition of Operation World.
With over 1 million copies of past versions sold, this fully updated and revised 7th edition is the must-have definite [sic] guide to praying for the people and nations of the world. Featuring a daily prayer calendar, maps, political, economic and religious information on each county, along with answers to prayer, this eagerly anticipated resource will be published 15th October 2010.
Graham Sopp, Executive Director of Biblica Europe, said “Operation World is widely regarded as the definitive source of prayer information about every country in the world. Our hope is that Operation World will encourage many more Christians to pray for the nations of the world. We are very pleased to be working with STL Distribution on this project.”
At the time of going to press, this edition of Operation World was not listed at stldistribution.co.uk
Update 22/09/2010: More info now available from STL