… and when I say you’re missing out, I mean missing out big time. The latest Issue, Nov/Dec 2014, is out now and as usual the magazine is packed with articles, features, news and reports on the issues that lie at the heart of the Christian book trade — so packed, in fact, that it’s hard to know where to start. That said, however, it’s especially good to see Clem Jackson back at the helm after his recent illness: welcome back, Clem!
Most of the regular columnists are there too — Carole Burrows, James Catford, Eddie Olliffe, Nick Page and Paula Renouf of Speaking Volumes — with their reflections on the trade and more. There’s extra input from Eddie who writes the cover feature on Leicester, Richard III and the English Book Trade along with the first of a two-part pull-out-and-keep special, Selling the Bible, which features a detailed chart of English language versions and translations with a snapshot summary of each one. Here’s a sample:
If you’re a retailer, this alone has to be worth the magazine’s cover price as a resource for helping your customers choose the right Bible version for their particular needs; and lest anyone should doubt the Bible’s status as a chart-topping bestseller, Eddie’s article is backed up by a Together Magazine exclusive report on this year’s Bible sales using data supplied by Eden.co.uk and CLC Wholesale.
On top of this there are two pages of Industry News (including a brief report on the new UKCBD Scottish Counties Index — thanks, Clem! I’ve now compiled the Welsh Counties Index as well; Northern Ireland coming soon!) and one page each of International News and Retailer News featuring Canaan Christian Book Centre, Staines, and Oasis, Romsey, celebrating their 30th and 35th anniversaries respectively: despite various bookshop closures, our trade is far from dead!
As if all that wasn’t enough, there’s an interview with John Pritchard, recently retired Bishop of Oxford, introducing his latest book, The Journey, 9780281071531, SPCK’s 2015 Lent Book; a feature on Cedar Trading, with Colin Nelson telling the story of the company’s rise from humble beginnings to its current status as winner of the CRT 2014 Card & Gift Supplier of the Year Award; a double-page spread introducing Rose Sandy, Affiliate Publisher at HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) here in the UK, in which she explains her role liaising with the trade; and an article by Lucy Mills from ACW, the Association of Christian Writers, reflecting on the experience of seeing her book, Forgetful Heart, (Darton, Longman & Todd, 2014) find its way from idea to manuscript to publication:
When the manuscript was accepted for publication, I didn’t quite believe it. I’m still not sure I do. I stare at the evidence, the published book, turning it over in my hands.
Then, of course, there are the usual pages of reviews, courtesy of Good Book Reviews; various publisher and supplier announcements; and three pages of What’s New, introducing the latest book, music, DVD and gift releases. … and much, much more.
So c’mon and do yourself a favour: if you’re not a subscriber, subscribe today: for a year of print and electronic editions, it’ll be the best value £30 you’ve spent in a long while.