Introducing “The Story” as Zondervan partners with IVP for UK Distribution

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Update 18/4/2012: TMD have today issued a follow-on press release,
Trust Media Distribution continues as a Distributor for Zondervan:
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IN A PRESS RELEASE issued today, Zondervan have announced a new trade partnership with IVP for UK distribution. Under the new arrangement, IVP will take on exclusive distribution rights for Zondervan’s range of church, curriculum, academic and reference resources, with product shipping via IVP as from July 1st. TMD (Trust Media Distribution) will continue to distribute other Zondervan publications including Bibles, fiction and Zonderkidz.

The IVP distribution agreement also introduces The Story, a joint Hodder & Stoughton-Zondervan project, to the UK marketplace. Described in the press release as a “Bible engagement campaign”, The Story, already well established in the USA, presents the Bible as “One Continuing Story of God and His People” in which “Carefully selected verses from the Bible are organized chronologically from Genesis to Revelation, providing a deeper understanding of how God’s story intersects with everyday life.”

Press Release, 17/4/2012: Zondervan Expands UK Distribution

Press Release, 17/4/2012: Zondervan Expands UK Distribution (pdf, 115kb)

From today’s press release:

Zondervan Expands UK Distribution

Grand Rapids, Mich., April 17, 2012 — Zondervan has named Inter-Varsity Press (IVP) the exclusive distributor for the complete line of Zondervan church, curriculum, academic, and reference resources including The Story in the UK market. Product will begin shipping from the IVP warehouse on July 1, 2012. This addition expands Zondervan’s presence in the UK market beyond their existing partnership with Trust Media, who will continue to distribute all other Zondervan products in the UK including books, Bibles, Fiction and Zonderkidz.

“Part of our mission involves meeting the needs of people with resources that glorify Jesus Christ and promote Biblical principles. In addition, one of our core commitments is to listen to the church to better understand the needs of our audience.  We believe that IVP is uniquely qualified to help us carry out our mission in the UK,” said Verne Kenney, Executive Vice President.

Zondervan and IVP are also pleased to announce the launch of The Story to the UK market.  Combining product from Hodder & Stoughton and Zondervan, IVP will be bringing this Bible engagement campaign to the churches in the UK.  The Story is helping people in over 7500 churches world-wide experience Scripture like never before. Carefully selected verses from the Bible are organized chronologically from Genesis to Revelation, providing a deeper understanding of how God’s story intersects with everyday life. Affordable, flexible, and easy-to-use, churches are using The Story not only as a powerful church-wide experience, but also in individual ministries, such as small groups, Sunday School and youth ministry.

“Trust Media is a valuable distribution partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them to grow the product lines they will continue to carry,” said Kenney.

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4 thoughts on “Introducing “The Story” as Zondervan partners with IVP for UK Distribution

  1. An interesting distribution arrangement and I’m sure both IVP & TMD will do well serving bookshops going forward. Looking forward to seeing more of ‘The Story’ in action!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ms Durham from Zondervan Childrens (zonderkidz) at the Trust Media Stand at London Book Fair on Monday when John O’Nions introduced us. Really nice lady. She asked what they could do better, I asked for some bibles and devotionals for our 11-14 years olds, noteably ones that weren’t pretty princess pink or US Ranger camouflage 🙂
    She said they had been talking about it, so should be good to see what the next ranges might hold in store.

    I’d like to say thanks to all those Christian Publishers that were exhibiting there, it was great to see you there and chat with you. It was also wonderful to meet up with so many others active in the Christian Book Trade, be it as Authors, Publishers or Booksellers and I say Roll On CRT!

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