Posted in October 2015

Final Farewell from Wesley Owen

Final Farewell from Wesley Owen

MANY READERS will no doubt be aware that Wesley Owen, once the UK’s largest chain of Christian bookshops, is now no more. This post is simply for the sake of completion, drawing a line under what has been a prolonged and, for many, painful saga.

The closure of wesleyowen.com took place quietly earlier this year as part of a larger decision to transfer Authentic’s distribution services to Marston Book Services. All that now remains of the company is a notice, referring customers to Authentic. Continue reading

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News Roundup: The Autumn Leaves all-good-news edition

News Roundup: The Autumn Leaves all-good-news edition

AUTUMN LEAVES? Yes indeed: no matter how many you sweep up, there are always some that get away; and in this news roundup I present some of the stories — all good news, I’m delighted to say — that managed to get away from me over the last couple of months, including the launch of CLC Wholesale’s trade website and Eden’s commitment to the Living Wage. Continue reading

A Brave New World for Christian Bookselling: @SPCKPublishing CEO Sam Richardson answers questions from the trade

A Brave New World for Christian Bookselling: @SPCKPublishing CEO Sam Richardson answers questions from the trade

IN A PRESS RELEASE issued on Wednesday afternoon, 7 October 2015, two of the UK’s leading Christian publishers, the respected conservative evangelical IVP and the much-loved champions of theological diversity SPCK, announced that they were joining forces with immediate effect.

Whilst some in the trade were aware that IVP was experiencing some financial difficulties, this development — which has significant implications for the wider trade as well as for the two publishers and their staff — appears to have taken everyone completely by surprise.

My thanks, therefore, to Sam Richardson, SPCK’s CEO, who has very kindly offered to answer some questions fielded from members of the Christian Authors, Booksellers and Publishers facebook group about the agreement. Some issues can’t be addressed as freely as some might wish at this stage due to legal constraints and staff consultations that are still in progress, but I hope that all readers will accept Sam’s assurances in the spirit of openness and respect for due process with which they are intended and, even more importantly, heed the call for patience, prayer and continued trade commitment with which he concludes. As always, all comments welcome. Continue reading