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The Alternative: Unfiltered Selection

I decided to check out our local Wal-Mart’s book selection; especially now that they have a “religion” header in one of the sections. Four book overlap with what’s at our store: Two Osteens, one Joyce Meyer, and a Kingsbury novel. Then about two dozen titles which we don’t stock some of which we wouldn’t even special-order.

And that’s the problem. There’s no filter for customers. One spirituality is as good as the next. No sales staff to advise, no buying criteria to trust. You’re stuck with back cover blurbs and left to your own discernment.

Indigo/Chapters offers Canadians the same challenge. Although they’re moving toward a Barnes & Noble approach where religion is more than a single category, there are still many titles that are misfiled.

More than anything, I feel sorry for customers who aren’t anchored to some source for book recommendation.

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