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Popular Reformed Online Bookstore Adds Direct Shipment to Canada

As Tim Challies reported earlier this week, Westminster Bookstore, a popular destination for U.S. customers looking for both traditional Reformed thought and contemporary New Calvinist authors has begun direct service to all Canadian provinces and territories

The company’s best sellers for last month include:

  1. ESV Outreach New Testament
  2. Note To Self – Joe Thorn
  3. Community – Brad House
  4. Holiness by Grace – Bryan Chapell
  5. Disciple – Bill Clem
  6. Resources for Changing Lives (27 Booklets) – P & R Publishing
  7. The Preacher and Preaching – Samuel T. Logan, ed.
  8. Gospel Centered Life Part. Gd. – Bob Thune
  9. Equipping Counselors for Your Church – Robert Kellemen
  10. Gospel Wakefulness – Jared Wilson
  11. Redemption – Mike Wilkerson
  12. Jesus Plus Nothing Equals Everything – Tullian Tchividjian
  13. Praying Life – Paul Miller
  14. A Meal With Jesus – Tim Chester
  15. Radical – David Platt
  16. The Reason for God – Timothy Keller
  17. Forever – Paul David Tripp
  18. What is the Mission of the Church – Kevin DeYoung, Greg Gilbert
  19. Leaders Who Last – David Kraft
  20. Total Church – Tim Chester, Steve Timmis

The separation and segregation of Reformed authors and resources from the mainstream Evangelical book market is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy especially in brick and mortar stores which rarely see orders for many of these titles. We’ve covered that before here, and there is much similarity to the Charismatic market, where sites like The Elijah List also contain material foreign to mainstream Christian booksellers.

Challies noted that on shipments of five books or more, Westminster becomes the lowest price shipping option for all ten southern provinces, beating out both mainstream sellers and CBD.  As for book prices themselves, including shipping, he writes, “If I bought the 10 comparison titles [in his spring price survey] from WTSBooks and had them shipped to me in Ontario, I would save $17.34 over the next closest competitor.”

You can read his analysis at his blog by clicking here.

  1. ChristianBookstoreObserver
    October 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I found this post on Challies website really interesting. The intriguing part was that Tim asked his Canadian readers to respond with their thoughts on Westminster Bookstore opening up their shipping to Canada and the response was overwhelmingly positive. When I see 100+ potential customers responding with enthusiasm on the availability and competitive pricing of Christian literature I ask myself – where is the local Canadian Christian bookstore in all of this? Why hasn’t a Canadian Christian bookstore captured this demand by providing a quality and competitive website yet?

    There is significant challenges facing the Christian bookstore in Canada – as evidenced by ChristianBookShopTalk – but when I see things like this I ask myself – are we really trying?

    • paulthinkingoutloud
      October 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      I think that one of the things that Westminster, and Mongerism.com*, and The Elijah List have in common is that they are serving a niche market, and also able to stamp their own personal “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” on the products that they sell.

      I’m not sure you can do brick and mortar retail and do a website with aggressive discounting in the same business model. It becomes an either/or situation. (In fairness, I am considering switching to a web-only platform in the spring; but I would shut down my retail store in order to do it well.)

      *At first, I started spelling the name of the website wrong out of total ignorance of this Reformed theological term; but then, when I saw it drove certain people nuts, I just kept doing it.

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