Industry News

French step up to protect indies

In the U.S., a country proud of its cardboard hamburgers and free e-books, thinking about how competition might influence culture doesn’t amp up Facebook posts. But in France and Germany, the threat of Amazon.com to cultural foundations – especially reading and thinking – has been enough to push legislation to protect indie booksellers.

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The Remaining sets new standard for Christian “horror” films

As Sony Picture’s new film, The Remaining, prepares to open in theaters nationwide Sept. 5, director Casey La Scalia (of Donnie Darko and A Walk to Remember fame) knew the dangers of producing a Christian “horror film” from the start. “I didn’t know if this could work. You’re talking about avid church-goers going to see Paranormal Activity. How do you get them to go?” But The Remaining really isn’t in the same class as a straight-up horror film, he says.

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Beware of hacking software

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about malicious software aimed at hacking into retailers’ point-of-sale systems. Last October, the government encouraged businesses to scan their POS systems for the software “Backoff,” and provided instructions for finding and removing it. Read the story from Industrial Distribution.

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Integrity signs Stu G

Co-founder of Delirious? and member of One Sonic Society, Stu G, has signed an exclusive publishing contract with Integrity Music Publishing. Stu G is currently on tour with Michael W. Smith.

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Expand your cultural reach

Is your store reaching all people in your community? In September’s CBA Retailers+Resources , find out how appealing to cultural communities can lead to valuable relationships and new opportunities. The digital issue is now available, and includes interviews with Max Lucado, Eugene Cho, Jon Erwin, and Mike Grayson of Mikeschair, plus product intelligence and much more.

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Christian Product Expo set

The Munce Group will host the Christian Product Expo Sept. 21-23 in Murfreesboro, TN. Read details regarding the schedule and events.

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Holy Ghost pushes industry boundaries

When Wanderlust Productions’ independent film, Holy Ghost, releases Sept. 6, it will be due to the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, which raised $360,000 in 45 days, making it the No. 1 most-funded faith-based film in Kickstarter history. Also breaking the typical entertainment release mold, Wanderlust Productions will host a one-time 48-hour world premier for the film’s release,

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Sony film receives faith-friendly rating

When the Game Stands Tall (Sony/TriStar Pictures) received 4.5 out of 5 stars for Faith Driven Consumer’s Faith-Friendly Film Ratings. These ratings are based on five core criteria: Overall Faith and/or Biblical Relevance; Faith-compatible Depiction of Characters and Character Relationships; Faith-compatible Depiction of Situations, Family Viewing Suitability; and Entertainment Value.

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The Best Yes debuts at No. 4

Lysa TerKeurst’s latest book, The Best Yes (Nelson Books), will debut at No. 4 on the New York Times Advice, How-To, & Miscellaneous bestseller list for Aug. 31. Nelson Books and Proverbs 31 Ministries partnered on a launch campaign that includes national publicity, advertising, and pre-order promotions, blog tours, and a special nationwide webcast event. All proceeds from The Best Yes will be given to various global Christian ministries.

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Film project focuses on disability issues

A partnership between Downtown Community Television Center’s program “Media Enabled Musketeers” and Moscow’s Journalism Advancement and Support Center will provide community training on disability sensitivity and workshops on documentary storytelling for citizens with disabilities, journalists, and journalism students. As a result,

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NBC features for KING & COUNTRY

NBC’s “The Shows That Touch You” campaign, premiered during the network’s broadcast of the 66th Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, featured the song “To the Dreamers” from for KING & COUNTRY’s album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. The campaign featuring the song will run on NBC for the next three weeks.

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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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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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