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Christian Book Shop Talk Enters Year Six

Book Shop Talk 5th BirthdayIt’s our fifth birthday.

This WordPress blog was begun five years ago when I was looking for a venue to comment about book industry issues in a way that I couldn’t on my regular blog, Thinking Out Loud.

What I didn’t know was that less than 30 days later, the largest supplier in our Canadian Christian publishing industry would be plunged into bankruptcy and store owners and publishers would be looking for news and information. While we don’t currently see the same kind of numbers as some peak days during that crisis, readership remains steady, though most comments come to me as direct emails, not on the blog. But in most cases, I really don’t know who the readers are, though if I mis-report something, I hear about it very, very quickly!

Over the last few days, for example:

  • 64% Canadian readers
  • 23% U.S. readers
  • 9% U.K. readers
  • 4% other

So we’ve kept our Canadian identity somewhat, but we still get checked out by U.S. industry people, depending on the keywords that are used to tag the story, and other content.  It’s also assumed here that people read Christian Retailing magazine and are subscribed online.

Despite 38 years in the business, I’m not exactly an industry insider, in fact outsider seems more appropriate some days.  I offer opinions and observations that I feel will be helpful to my readers, but tend to avoid conferences and trade shows.

Over the next few weeks, our own business, Searchlight, will be getting more aggressive about offering remainder product wholesale. Most of it will be sold in “sorter’s lots” of premixed boxes, but we want to earn the trust of customers who come to us, and want the word to spread through people being pleasantly surprised.  Some of that information will appear here. Otherwise, the blog is not in any way monetized nor is there in hidden agenda; what you see is what you get!

And we’re always looking for guest writers. This was never intended to reflect the opinions of one individual. Written contributions are always welcome, as are links to other media you feel bookstores would benefit from reading. We also had hoped suppliers would send us press releases to announce new lines, new staff appointments, etc., but our publisher representatives and distributors have not embraced that concept. Several times we’ve been left sitting on a story we’ve been told should be “held” for an official announcement, and then the same suppliers simply don’t announce the details to us or anyone else. Canada can be a bit of a backwater sometimes.

I hope those of you who stop here regularly have found some benefit from this, and that you’ll tell your industry friends that we’re here. You’re also encouraged to visit my primary blog, Thinking Out Loud, the devotional blog Christianity 201, and to check out what our own store is doing on Facebook, and to follow my Twitter feed.  And agents and publishers: Keep the free books coming!

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  1. August 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Happy birthday! I have appreciated you keeping me up on a lot of news over these past five years! Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions to the Christian book industry!

  2. August 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations on your 5th Birthday!

  3. August 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Congratulations on 5 years, thanks for keeping us informed Paul. I value what you do and the time you spend on it. Way to Go! Lando

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