Ravi on Suffering
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?