Bookshops Directory UK Christian Bookshops Directory:
Q&A: Who, What and Why?

Updated: Saturday, 4 February, 2012

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UKCBD is an independently maintained online database which exists to promote the Christian faith by providing a two-way resource to the Christian community: an easy way to find your nearest Christian Bookshop, and an easy way for Christian Bookshops to develop an online presence. The project was launched in February 2001 and operates on a non-profit basis but due to its small scale, with an annual income of less than £5,000 per annum, is not registered as a charity.

Whilst liaising wherever possible with the Booksellers Association's Christian Booksellers Group, the project is independent, voluntarily maintained and is currently not directly affiliated to any trade associations.

Links to other lists and resources may be found on the Links page.

If you're considering setting up a Christian bookshop, start here.

Project Manager: Phil Groom

My own connection to the Christian book trade is as former manager of London School of Theology Books & Resources (previously known as London Bible College (LBC) Bookshop), which was (unsurprisingly) the first shop to be listed on the site. I left LST in September 2010 following redundancy proceedings initiated by the school as part of a series of cost-cutting measures.

Questions & Answers

  1. What does it cost?
    Both the Directory and blog are maintained on a 100% voluntary basis, providing a FREE service to the Christian community. The project is primarily financed by various affiliate links and Google Adsense advertising along with some support from Christian publishers, distributors and a few shops that are in a position to offer them. Costs involved in running the site include, amongst other expenses, internet connection charges, domain registration fees, general maintenance and publicity. If you would like to help, please contact me to discuss possibilities. Thank you.

  2. How can I help?
    The simplest ways you can help, at no cost to yourself, are:

  3. What's Next?
    Ongoing plans for the project include the possibilities of:

    Targets already achieved are:

    ...but the progress of further development depends upon adequate finance — if you'd like to help, please contact me to discuss possibilities.

  4. What are the criteria for including a shop?
    If your shop stocks Christian literature representing a range of authors and publishers, it will be considered for a listing in the main directory. Separate sections exist for online only retailersother Christian businesses and Christian Cafés as well as a Links & Resources section for other organisations.

    UKCBD exists to help visitors find their nearest Christian bookshop and to help Christian bookshops develop their online presence. Businesses selling only their own products or whose primary focus is the promotion of a single author will therefore not normally be included. The final decision is at my sole discretion: inclusion or otherwise carries no implications whatsoever about creeds, doctrines or theology, and no liability will be accepted for anything whatsoever relating to such decisions.

  5. What does a typical entry look like?
    See below

  6. Can my shop be listed more prominently?
    Certainly: if you would like to sponsor a page (perhaps the page that includes your town or city?) then your shop's logo or contact details can be incorporated into the page header along with a link to your website. In general I've standardised the format to keep things simple and to optimise page-loading times, but any entry - whether or not you choose to sponsor a page - can include a company logo: please advise the URL (web address) of the logo when you register or send the logo either as a web-optimised email attachment or on a floppy disk (postal address available on request). Alternatively, a separate page can be made available with a link from your Directory entry:

  7. My shop doesn't have a website: can you set one up for me?
    Fully featured webhosting is available, either as part of this directory (see the previous question) or by registering your own domain. Please contact me to discuss your requirements. As a rough guide, to register your domain, arrange independent hosting and set up a basic informational site (home page, site index, images directory and up to three other pages) is likely to cost approx £250 for the first year, approx £125 per year thereafter; the exact price will vary according to your requirements. Finally, on this question, some free advice: don't be taken in by anyone who tells you that setting up a website has to cost thousands of pounds: if you don't want to do it yourself, any web designer worth his or her salt should be able to set you up with an attractive, basic informational site at a price that you can afford.

  8. What if I don't want my shop listed?
    Fine: let me know and I'll remove the entry. Your loss is certainly someone else's gain.

A Sample Entry...

Top of Page Anytown Christian Bookshop, Anytown

CoffeeSecondhand Christian BooksWe are a medium sized shop stocking a wide range of popular and academic titles, including some second hand.

Mission Statement
We exist to serve the Anytown community by providing quality Christian literature at competitive prices.

Specialist Interests
Bibles, Children's Books

Any Street, Anytown, AA1 1AA
Phone: 01234 567890   Fax: 01234 098765

Opening Times
Monday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm

checkbox Member of the Booksellers Association checkbox Booktokens Stockist
checkboxCards, Gifts & Music checkbox Software and DVDs
checkboxCredit & Debit Cards accepted checkbox Mail Order service

Also Available
Audio Books; Free Parking!

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