News Roundup: CLC’s Take Note trials in other shops; Dernier Publishing News; eBooks for Indies; and more…


Take Note Promo at Leamington Christian Resource Centre

Take Note Promo at Leamington Christian Resource Centre

CLC’s Take Note trials in other shops

TAKE NOTE, the instore promotional magazine from CLC, is now being trialled in other Christian bookshops, including Unicorn Tree Books, Lincoln and Leamington Christian Resource Centre (pictured).

A superb range of offers is available, such as £3 off Nick Page’s The Bible Book, Wm Paul Young (author of The Shack)’s forthcoming Cross Roads for £14.99 (rrp £16.99), £2 off the new NLT Everyday Matters Bible for Women from Alban Books, and CLC’s own new all-in-one Bible guide, Open Your Bible, £14.99 with free DVD. In short: miss it and miss out!

If you’re a retailer wanting to take part, contact Amanda Lutes at CLC Wholesale by Monday 24th Sept for details of this issue; if you’re a bookshop customer, look out for it appearing in a store near you or on your local church bookstall.

Dernier Publishing News: September 2012 (pdf, 516kb)

Dernier Publishing Newsletter: September 2012 (pdf, 516kb)

Dernier Publishing News

DERNIER PUBLISHING’S latest newsletter is now available, written as ever in Janet’s inimitable style with details of their twelfth title, Mary Weeks Millard’s Under the Tamarind Tree, due in October and following on from her previous Rwandan tales, I Want To Be An Airline Pilot and Living in Hope.

Janet is also on the lookout for Church Representatives to help spread the word about Dernier’s books: the role will be fully supported with publicity materials and more. She writes:

Could you be a rep for your church? We would send catalogues, information on new releases, encouraging stories and prayer requests for reps to pass on to churches and Sunday Schools. We would also provide information on ordering and local stockists, and encourage reps to print off newsletters and pin to the noticeboard…

Kobo: Read Freely

Kobo: Read Freely

eBooks for Indies

IF YOU’RE ONE of the many indie booksellers feeling threatened by the rise and rise of the eBook, take heart: Kobo have struck a deal with the Booksellers Association that could soon see you selling their eReaders in your shop and their eBooks on your website. It doesn’t level the playing field with Am*zon, of course, but it offers you the chance to take a huge step forward along the eReading path.

From the Press Release:

Toronto / London – 18th September 2012 – Kobo, a leader in eReading with over 10 million registered users worldwide, today announced a partnership with the Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland to offer its 3000 member stores, 1000 of which are independents, the ability to bring Kobo’s world class eReading platform to their consumers. Kobo continues to build on its strategy of working with booksellers around the world now serving over 14,000 booksellers in 12 countries.

This partnership announcement comes on the heels of the successful launch of Kobo’s new family of eReaders and recent partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA). Combined with its existing relationship with WH Smith and its network of 1,100 stores and 100 Kobo Shops across the UK, this new partnership further strengthens Kobo’s foothold within the UK market and with booksellers around the world. Kobo eReaders are also available at Asda, Dixons, Currys, John Lewis, Staples, Argos and other leading retailers in the UK.

“We are very excited to work with independent bookstores across the UK and Ireland to bring eReading to more booklovers,” said Todd Humphrey, Executive Vice President Business Development, Kobo. “With this partnership, independents will be able to offer a world class eReading solution to their loyal customers and have a voice in the digital transformation.” …

Mark Stibbe title on hold

FOLLOWING MARK STIBBE’S DEPARTURE from the Father’s House Trust, Authentic have placed his forthcoming title, Opening the Father’s Presents, on indefinite hold:

In light of the recent announcement by the Father’s House Trust concerning Mark Stibbe, it has been decided by the author and Authentic Media that his forthcoming title “Opening the Father’s Presents” should not be published as scheduled in October. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stibbe family and the Trust during this difficult time. The TMD reps will be discussing with booksellers whether they would prefer to keep or cancel any back-orders they have in place, should it be decided to release the book in the future.

Alban Books: New Website

Alban Books: New Website

New Website for Alban Books

CONGRATULATIONS to Alban Books on their relaunched bright and shiny new website, — well worth a visit for details of their latest offerings from across the pond: an extensive range of titles from Augsburg Fortress, Ave Maria Press, Convivium, Eerdmans, Hendrickson and Orbis Books.

The revamped site includes featured, new and forthcoming titles in a centre panel along with their top ten bestsellers and newsletter signup in the sidebars. Trade distribution remains via Marston/PubEasy.

Parents & kids prefer print

AND FINALLY, for this roundup, some good news for children’s writers and publishers: a USA survey has discovered that by far the vast majority of iPad owning parents still prefer print books over eBooks when it comes to reading with their children. From Thursday’s Shelf Awareness newsletter:

Co-Reading Survey: Parents and Kids Opt for Print Books

Print books are preferred over e-books by parents as well as children when they read together, according to a new study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop that found 89.9% of iPad owners read “mostly print books and some e-books” with their children, 7.5% read both formats equally with their children, and 2.7% read “mostly or exclusively” e-books.

Almost 75% of the responding parents said they prefer co-reading print books, with more than 50% of their children agreeing. Fewer than 10% of parents or children prefer co-reading e-books exclusively…