Industry News

Why do Web retailers want stores?

Everyone seems to think that digital books and e-commerce will take over the world — at least all of business. But why do so many online retailers want to be in stores? The Washington Post explores the question.

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Baker Book House steps up

Being a community center addressing tough issues is not easy, but Sue Smith, general manager of Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), took a step of faith and addressed a big elephant in the room: how Christians deal with issues of homosexuality. See her video interview and watch for the story in CBA Retailers +Resources magazine.

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Dove Award nominees announced

The Gospel Music Association announced nominees in 42 categories for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Voting for final winners runs Aug. 26-Sept. 9, and winners will be announced Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville, TN

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Greatest Gift celebrates 65 years

Southern Colorado’s largest independent Christian bookstore, The Greatest Gift and Scripture Supply, celebrates its 65th anniversary throughout the month of August. In an event Aug. 8, owners Don and Heather Adams hosted an open house attended by both past owners and members of the community.

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Bethany Book & Gift celebrates 75th

Bethany Book & Gift of central Minnesota is celebrating 75 years in business. Originating in 1939 as the Gospel Art Store, Bethany Book has undergone several changes in ownership, name, and location, but has continued to shine the light for Christ

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Social media satisfaction improves

In a recent report published by the American Customer Satisfaction Index, user satisfaction with e-business Web sites was found to have improved from last year across three e-business categories—social media, portals and search engines, and news and opinion. While social media continues

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Gospel Light names CEO

Gospel Light named Dave Thornton chief executive officer. Thornton began his career at Gospel Light in 2013 as director of church sales, and then director of sales and marketing, following 17 years at Group Publishing. With Thornton’s leadership, the board of directors plans to

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ICRS attendees win $3000+ in services

The Journey Pathways to Healing announced winners of a drawing for more than $3,000 worth of services based on The Journey’s new discipleship tools as a result of attending the 2014 International Christian Retail Show. Christ Fellowship Church of Florida won an $1,800 marriage workshop and seminar

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Expand your cultural reach

Is your store reaching all people in your community? In the September issue of CBA Retailers+Resources (available now), discover how appealing to cultural communities can lead to valuable relationships and new opportunities. The issue was a big topic discussed at the 2014 International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta. Also included in the issue are

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Family Force 5 album debuts at No. 1

Time Stands Still, the first studio album in three years from Family Force 5, released Aug. 5 from Word Entertainment and debuted at No. 1 as the best-selling album on the Christian/Gospel Overall and Digital Album, Current Contemporary Christian and Christian Rock/Alternative/Rap overall SoundScan

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Inspirations still singing after 50 years

To celebrate the group’s 50 years of making and recording quartet gospel music, the Inspirations will release a new album, God’s Word Will Stand. The release also marks the return of Melton Campbell and Matt Dibler to the group.

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Hackett releases new album

Laura Hackett, Dove-nominated singer/songwriter, will release her newest studio album, Love Will Have Its Day, Oct. 21 with Forerunner Music, the official record label of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City. New Day Distribution is the distributor. The album is Hackett’s second

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StowTown signs new artist

StowTown Records signed TaRanda Greene Aug. 18, with a pre-release party hosted by Provident Music Group. Greene’s new project Stronger is scheduled to release Nov. 11. Read about Greene and her ministry.

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Gold City gospel returns

Southern Gospel legend Gold City is releasing Hymn Revival, the group’s first hymn recording since 1999. The album from New Haven Records includes classics such as “In Christ Alone, ” “The Power of the Cross,” “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” and other favorites.

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Books & Bibles

Bible training portal opens to retailers

August 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

HarperCollins Christian Publishing introduced a new Bible Training Portal for retailers to help their customers navigate the myriad choices of Bible translations, styles, and versions. The portal, launched and demonstrated at the 2014 International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta, is designed to educate and equip retail sales associates in Bible translations, Bible types, and Bible selling.

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Regular Baptist Press hires director

August 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Regular Baptist Press named David Gunn editorial director of publications. He will be responsible for overseeing non-curriculum product development, including the Baptist Bulletin, books, Bible studies, and Vacation Bible School.

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Elections panel may regulate publishers

July 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Fox News recently reported on Federal Elections Commission Democrats’ efforts to regulate book publishers, based on a discussion of an upcoming book by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). FEC Republican members wanted the FEC to affirm the book and its publisher are exempt from FEC regulation under the “media exemption.” While the

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McDowell signs two-book Barbour deal

July 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Josh McDowell signed a two-book contract with Barbour Publishing’s Shiloh Run Press imprint, which focuses on uniquely qualified new and experienced authors. McDowell’s first Barbour book, God-Breathed, is scheduled for release next May, and his second book is set to release in July. God-Breathed deals

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