Rather than add to the chaos in Royal Mail's sorting offices, this year, as last, the UK Christian Bookshops Directory has again made use of the World Vision Gift Catalogue — instead of sending Christmas cards, a Christmas gift of a goat for a family in a developing community as a token of appreciation to the site's supporters over the past year: thank you.
It's been an encouraging year for the site with visitor numbers still growing (over 20,000 page impressions across the site in the 30 day period up to December 21st), the book reviews section growing steadily with new reviews added each month and a number of new shops added.
If you read The Bookseller, you may well have been following the reports about the i2i initiative, encouraging independent booksellers, publishers and suppliers to work together more effectively via on online hub. With UKCBD, Christian booksellers and their suppliers are already more than halfway there: it's good to see the rest of the book trade catching on!
There's massive development potential for UKCBD as a resource to the Christian book trade. As it stands the site provides a two-way resource to the Christian community: an easy way for members of the public to find their nearest Christian bookshop and an easy way for every Christian bookshop in the UK to gain a basic online presence. The project has potential, however, to go further than this as a wider resource to the both the trade and the public, completing a triangle that links customers, retailers and suppliers via a dedicated central site.
But for this to happen it needs booksellers, publishers and everyone in the Christian supply chain to catch the vision, to back and promote the site. Perhaps I can repeat my request to publishers: if you're using a phrase on flyers or in catalogues such as "Available from your local Christian bookshop" please add: " - find yours at www.christianbookshops.org.uk" or something similar. And please do link online: I'm always willing to reciprocate.
Emma Barnes, MD of Snowbooks and the person behind the i2i concept, has estimated that that site needs funding to the tune of £200,000. UKCBD, in contrast, could truly begin to take off with backing of around only 10% of that figure, enough to employ a site administrator and to advertise more widely. The project is wide open, ripe for development, a golden opportunity at the start of another new year for Christian retailers and suppliers to work together more effectively.
Once again, to those who have supported the project so far, thank you. Comments, suggestions or ideas for taking things forward are very welcome and I'd love to hear from anyone who'd like to get more involved.
10% of all contributions received is redistributed to other Christian causes, which this year included World Vision's Tsunami Relief fund and helping to supply books for the library at STT Abdi Sabda, a Christian Theological College in Indonesia.
Wishing you joy and peace at Christmas and every blessing throughout 2006,
Avoid the crowds this Christmas by shopping online at the UKCBD Webshop! The shop provides secure online access to 1000s of products from more than 80 retailers, and every purchase made through the shop earns a commission to help support this site.
The UK Christian Bookshops Directory is a free service, provided on a voluntary basis, but as with every website there are costs involved in keeping the show on the road. By shopping online at buy.at/ukcbd you'll get some of the best online deals available and help raise funds to support the Directory at no extra cost to yourself. For example: sign up to BT Broadband via the UKCBD Webshop and BT will contribute £21.00 towards this site's running costs.
Other offers available include clothes, electronics, fair trade products, holidays, insurance, travel, videos and more from well-known High Street stores such as Comet, Early Learning Centre, Littlewoods, Marks & Spencer and Thorntons — all without the hassle of the High Street!
Thank you for your support — and have very happy Christmas!
Activate Reactivated Friday, September 23, 2005
Updated Thursday, October 27, 2005
Activate exists to help Christian women share their faith — to "build meaningful relationships with those in their 'circle of influence' whether this is in the workplace, the home, or leisure activities." — and has relaunched its activities this autumn with a new-look full-colour Activate magazine, website and book, Unlocking the Door: Evangelism in the Real World.
The book, ISBN 1850786453, published by Authentic, is priced at £5.99 and packed with ideas to help women take God's love into their communities. Fiona Castle, Activate's Chairman, describes it as "effective evangelism shaped to fit the world today", whilst Andy Partington, Director of Training and tutor in Evangelism at London School of Theology, describes it in his review as "a book to keep on that easy-to-reach shelf, a book to dip-into from time to time, a book to lend out, a book to stimulate your own creativity and passion for sharing the best thing in your life with those you know and love... and maybe even those you know you ought to love!"
The book can be bought online from eden.co.uk whilst both book (£5.99) and magazine (£1.99) are available from branches of Wesley Owen and can be ordered from most other Christian bookshops, and a Powerpoint CD (£5.00) containing the images from the book can be ordered direct from Activate.
A Divine Future? Thursday, September 22, 2005
The Day Chocolate Company, makers of fair trade Divine Chocolate, have launched a poetry competition to tie in with National Poetry Day, 6th October 2005.
The competition is jointly sponsored by Christian Aid and winning poems may be published on the Divine Chocolate, Christian Aid and other related websites. Prizes include book vouchers, chocolate (of course!) and Christian Aid resources — full details and competition rules are available on leaflets available from schools and fair trade outlets.
Poems should feature either chocolate or fair trade, ideally both, exploring the possibility of a fairer future, and can be submitted by online
or by post to:
Divine Poetry Competition, 4 Gainsford street, London SE1 2NE
Closing Date: 16th Dec 2005
Are you ready for the New ISBNs? Thursday, June 16, 2005
ISBNs are changing. As from January 2007 the well known 10-digit format ISBNs are being replaced by a new 13-digit standard, ISBN-13. Whilst that may seem a long way ahead, booksellers, librarians, publishers, wholesalers and everyone else involved the book trade need to prepare for the new standard now to ensure compliance when the time comes. A free Mac OS X utility to convert old ISBNs to the new format is available here: ISBN 13 Converter.
More information about the changes and a free eBook, ISBN-13 for Dummies, is available from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). An online ISBN-13 Converter (single ISBNs only) is available at ISBN.org.
More Space for Books: More Space for Bookshops Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Deciding What to Read Just got Easier Christianbookreviews.info the UKCBD Reviews Section has been relaunched, providing more space for books and making it even easier to choose a book to read.
Following a major overhaul of the site's database, all reviews are now indexed by category, publisher and reviewer as well as by author and title so if you want to see which other books have been reviewed in a specific subject area, by a particular reviewer or from your favourite publisher, it's simply a question of following the appropriate links.
Each area lists most recent reviews first with the ten latest reviews featured on the home page. Any area that features ten or more reviews can be resorted by author, title or publisher.
More Space for Christian Bookshops A complete, standalone page in addition to a main directory entry is now being allocated to every shop registering for a new entry or requesting an update to an existing entry. Page content matches the main entry but without the distraction of other shops listed alongside.
Subscribers' pages subscriptions remain at only £10 per year are free of external advertising; free listings are supported by Google Adsense adverts or affiliate links.
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Spring Cleaning at UKCBD Tuesday, January 11, 2005
If you're a Christian retailer, the start of a new yearwith springtime rapidly approachingmakes it a good time to check your Directory entry: are your shop's details up to date? If not, please email
with any changes needed.
Entries remain free of charge so make the most of this opportunity for a free web listing!