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
AUTUMN IS UPON US and with it an opportunity to look back over the changes this summer has wrought across the trade’s distribution channels. Whilst less dramatic than last year, this year’s changes have still been enough to disrupt supply and rock the boat for many. To summarise: Authentic Media have switched from in-house distribution to Marston; CLC Wholesale have relocated to Chester and are now wholesaling Premier magazines; Joining the Dots have (as previously reported) ceased trading; and Malcolm Down Publishing has moved to Booksource. Continue reading
UPDATED 24/4/2014: Penfold Card and Gift announce trade distribution via Marston and appoint regional reps.
OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS a number of leading Christian publishers have switched distribution channels in what Brian Wilson, IVP’s Chief Executive, has described as “a totally unprecedented scale and speed of change, the like of which I have never witnessed in my 20 years in this trade.”
Those that have come to my attention so far are… Continue reading
GIVEN THE CONSTANT CHOPPING AND CHANGES in recent times, it would be easy to get confused over what’s what and who goes where at Kingsway, but fear not: in the words of Mother Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.” In short, the … Continue reading
MOST CHRISTIAN RETAILERS are no doubt aware of 10ofthose.com, but what you may have missed is the publishing division, 10Publishing: 10Publishing is the publishing house of The 10 Group. It is committed to producing quality Christian resources that are both Biblical and accessible. 27 items are currently available from authors including, amongst others, Timothy Keller, Roger … Continue reading
DECEMBER IS UPON US and the rush to Christmas has truly begun: how better to start the month than to join the celebrations with one of our smaller trade partners, Crafty Publishing, as their second book is released? Even better, both Young David titles are now available through CLC Wholesale. So without further ado, a warm … Continue reading
SAD NEWS has emerged over the weekend of Darton, Longman and Todd (DLT), publishers of the Jerusalem Bible amongst many other titles, entering crisis talks with creditors, seeking a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) in an attempt to stave off the impact of mounting debts which are threatening the company with bankruptcy. A report in the Tablet … Continue reading
Update, 3.15pm, Nov 02, 2011: “It’s business as usual” – response & reflections from Paul Wilkinson, Christian Book Shop Talk, Canada: HarperCollins to Acquire Thomas Nelson Update, 10.30am, Nov 02, 2011: Follow up report from Christian Retailing, posted 01/11/2011: Thomas Nelson buyout ‘a vote of confidence for the industry’ MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES: the words … Continue reading
Discussions Update At some point within the next week or so I plan to post a summary of the recent discussions, working title “Kingsway: Discussion Summary and Unanswered Questions”. A preliminary draft is available in the Christian Authors, Booksellers and Publishers facebook group: all group members are welcome to comment, suggest revisions and/or possible solutions, … Continue reading
I MET FIONA VEITCH SMITH online via the Association of Christian Writers facebook group, where she was telling us a bit about her experiences of trying to persuade Christian bookshops to stock her new children’s book, David and the Hairy Beast. Curious to know more, I checked out her website where I found, to my delight, … Continue reading