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London Book Fair 2012: A Personal Perspective

I attended the London Book Fair at Earls Court this month; the first time in several years. I was left with several over-riding impressions. The Fair remains the premier International Book Fair. It was busy – very busy – with 25,000 delegates, half from overseas, attracted by the 1,500 exhibitors from 57 countries. The Bookseller suggested … Continue reading

Rising to the Challenge in Chelmsford #CBC09 #CRE09

I’m still at the draft stage with my own thoughts on this year’s combined CBC/CRE, but in the meantime here’s an accolade for the Chelmsford  Diocesan Resource Centre and some food for thought from Dave Faulkner. Commenting on his visit to CRE, Dave wrote: There were a few personal interests I wanted to look up. I always … Continue reading

Third Space Books: Buyer Beware

Third Space Books (www.thirdspacebooks.com) is the online trading division of the St Stephen the Great Bookshops (also known as the Stephen the Great Charitable Trust, SSG and/or SSGCT), the organisation that took control of the former SPCK Bookshops in October 2006 and declared itself bankrupt in June 2008. Run by the brothers Philip and Mark … Continue reading

Christian Bookshops — who needs them?

That, I think, is the essence of the question posed by Eddie Arthur in response to my post about Core Stock yesterday: Why should I buy books from you (or another Christian bookshop) when I can get them from Amazon at a significant discount? Eddie admits to playing devil’s advocate in posing the question, but even … Continue reading