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  • Christian Retailing posted a summary of an article by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) nothing a pickup in sales for religious paperbacks as eBooks delcine:

    Halting a trend, faith-based publishers reported a 0.6% decrease during the first quarter of 2013 in religious e-book sales compared to the January-March period last year, according to the latest figures available from the Association of American Publishers (AAP).  In the same date range, religious hardcover sales were down more than 7%, with sales of nearly $71 million. In contrast, religious paperback sales experienced a nearly 4% increase during the year’s first quarter versus January-March 2012, with sales of $44.5 million.

  • Author Bryan Davis wrote a guest post for the store blog of House of James bookstore in British Columbia.  Check out Stretching Young Readers.

      “I believe in stretching young readers. They can take it. In fact, they crave it. When they get to the end of the exercise, they feel its value and the rush of spiritual adrenaline. They don’t want to be insulted by the finger-wagging of simplistic stories that tell them what to do or not to do. They want to feel the inner passion of heart-felt conflict and see how it works out in lives that they care about, even if they are fictional.

    But that’s what good stories do. They stretch us beyond what we normally think we can achieve, and we need to remember that young people are often far more flexible than we might realize. We just have to be sure to help them stretch in the right direction.

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