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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

A Summer of Changes: Trade Distribution Update

A Summer of Changes: Trade Distribution Update

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

Joining The Dots Distribution: Farewell and thank you

Joining The Dots Distribution: Farewell and thank you

TRIBUTES AND THANKS along with assurances of continued prayer have been pouring in via facebook in response to this week’s announcement that Joining the Dots Distribution (JTD) has now entered the final phase of insolvency. News of the company’s difficulties first emerged earlier in the year when Gavin Bates and Gary Pettit of PBC Business … Continue reading

Distribution Update: All change as publishers switch distribution channels at “unprecedented scale and speed”

Distribution Update: All change as publishers switch distribution channels at “unprecedented scale and speed”

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

Distribution Update: Dernier quit Kingsway; Kingsway to quit Distribution; and TMD take on US Children’s Publisher, AZ Books

Distribution Update: Dernier quit Kingsway; Kingsway to quit Distribution; and TMD take on US Children’s Publisher, AZ Books

A NUMBER OF CHANGES on the trade distribution front as Dernier Publishing have left Kingsway Distribution and are now dealing direct with retailers; Kingsway Distribution appear to have entered the final chapter in the long-running saga of their struggles to deliver a viable UK trade distribution service; and TMD have struck an exclusive UK & Ireland distribution agreement with innovative US children’s publisher, AZ Books. Continue reading