Apologist Ravi Zacharias joins the group of “A-list” Christian authors who have fallen into the Hachette Book Group vortex, which means, dear Canadian bookstore manager, no International Trade Paper edition for you. (Read that last sentence a la Soup Nazi.)
A few years ago we spoke with HBC people in New York and basically dared them to release a Joyce Meyer title — just one, just once — in Canada straight to paperback and watch the difference in the sales numbers.
They didn’t take the bait. Sigh!
Still, Ravi is a key author and the book will do some numbers in Canada. But not so much in my store; my customers are too price-sensitive. They’ll wait the year for the trade paperback conversion. And therefore, so will I.
But don’t cry too much for Mr. Z’s lost sales; his organization has ceded all of the sales of the products RZIM creates to CBD, which basically shut down all access for stores like ours who formerly carried RZIM items outside the trade ‘box.’
Maybe, as booksellers, this is our version of suffering. If you’re in England or Australia, bring me back a dozen copies, okay?
We’ve run this a few times here. You’re welcome to borrow it. Additional metaphors welcome!
- The Christian bookstore is like a supply depot in a war. And once in awhile, like David, employees find themselves on the front lines of the battle.
- The Christian bookstore employee is like a bartender. People have issues and questions and want a place to talk and someone to listen.
- The Christian bookstore employee is like a pharmacist. Like pharmacists in the UK, sometimes store staff are the ones to make the diagnosis and suggest something that might help.
- The Christian bookstore is like a welcome center for people new to your community, or people seeking a faith connection for the first time. It is the gateway to the next section of their journey.
- The Christian bookstore is a melting pot. People from a variety of denominations sharing an element of their spiritual life in one room, often at one time. The church without walls, without labels, the way God sees it.
David C. Cook Canada has picked up distribution of You and Me Forever: Marriage In Light of Eternity by Francis and Lisa Chan for Canada. The book was independently produced in order to give royalties away to charities supporting orphans and exploited women; and was formerly available only through Send the Light Distribution. Check out my September review of the book at Thinking Out Loud.
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UPDATE NOVEMBER 17: They’re not closing after all. See the updated story here.
A well-respected name in Christian publishing, Beacon Hill Press will shut down in just over 30 days. The Church of the Nazarene announced that activities of Nazarene Publishing House including the BHP imprint will end operations on December 1st. Company bestsellers include A Decembered Grief by Harold Smith and a variety of titles by Stan Toler. There was no word if a buyer was being sought for some of the titles (as Gospel Light did with its Regal Books catalog a few months ago) or where things stand with the 20,000 copyrights owned by Lillenas Music.
Read the full story at Publishers Weekly.
More positive news to report today.
After two weeks of soft opening, an email was sent out on Thursday announcing the official opening of Inspirational Value Centre. The store is being managed by Derek Ouelette (pictured right) and as the name suggests and a quick look at the store’s Facebook page reveals, bargain books will play a big part in their product mix, many of which are being sourced from FDIR, the remainder book division of Foundation Distributing. The store is located at 2001 Provincial Rd, Windsor, the former Cameron’s Bookstore location.
The Canadian dollar started the week where it left off on Friday. Though slowly losing value against its U.S. counterpart over the past several months, exchange rates are relatively stable.
The graph below shows the cost of purchasing U.S. dollars. Today’s close was 1.1284 .
In a 12-minute interview with CHRI-FM’s Brock Tozer, Doug and Linda Sprunt remember the early days 33 years ago, and then explain the reasons why Ottawa’s only Protestant Christian bookstore will be shutting down after Christmas.
From Huffington Post to Christianity Today, the story of Mark Driscoll’s resignation as pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle was becoming fairly common knowledge by Wednesday afternoon. Religion News Service (RNS) reported:
Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Tuesday (Oct. 14), according to a document obtained by RNS.
Elsewhere on their site, RNS included the full text of the resignation letter:
By God’s grace I have pastored Mars Hill Church for 18 years. Today, also by God’s grace, and with the full support of my wife Grace, I resign my position as a pastor and elder of Mars Hill. I do so with profound sadness, but also with complete peace…
…I readily acknowledge I am an imperfect messenger of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are many things I have confessed and repented of, privately and publicly, as you are well aware. Specifically, I have confessed to past pride, anger and a domineering spirit…
…Prior to and during this process there have been no charges of criminal activity, immorality or heresy, any of which could clearly be grounds for disqualification from pastoral ministry. Other issues, such as aspects of my personality and leadership style, have proven to be divisive within the Mars Hill context, and I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission to lead people to a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ…
For Christian retailers, the story began with charges of plagiarism earlier in the year, but this led to a host of other allegations concerning the management of the Seattle multi-site churches. For many years a leading voice among the “Young, Restless and Reformed” movement, Driscoll had books published with Tyndale, Crossway, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson.