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UK Christian Retail Challenges Continue

Different book covers, but an industry facing the same challenges

I’m very grateful for the mutual benefit gained by following Phil Groom’s Christian Book Shop Blog (a name similar to our own*) and having him being a regular reader of this page.

Here are a couple of articles from their recent news roundups worthy of your consideration, and your prayers:

But there are good news stories as well, including plans for a coffee-house and bookshop in one of the former Wesley Owen locations.

And we would be remiss in not congratulating Phil on the ten year anniversary of maintaining the UK Christian Book Shop Directory.   With his trade blog dating back to July 2003, I don’t know anyone who is more knowledgable and insightful as to both the history and the current state of the breadth of Christian product retail across the pond.

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*Of course, I didn’t know Phil’s blog existed when we started this, so early on he asked me why we chose “book shop” instead of the term more common here, “book store” and I explained that “shop talk” is used here as a term for “trade talk.”  Had I known, I would have chosen something less similar!

  1. March 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Don’t rightly know what to say, Paul, except thank you — especially for that accolade at the end! I’m sure there are plenty of others with a similar breadth of knowledge etc: I’m just the noisy one!

  2. March 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    … and it would be remiss of me to not acknowledge and thank you for the same mutual benefit: your reports and reflections here have frequently fed into and inspired my own; I too am grateful 🙂

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