LTRP Note: The following article discusses the recent CBA (Christian Bookseller’s Association) annual convention. In light of most major Christian publishing houses having turned to contemplative and emerging spiritualities to find profits and growth, we believe this article has some interesting insights. Below the article, please see our links to related topics.
By Dale Hanson Bourke
Religion News Service
ATLANTA — Here at the International Christian Retail Show [formally CBA show] it is, to borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens, the best of times or the worst of times, depending on whom you ask.
Two years ago organizers stopped calling this expo the Christian Booksellers Convention. Book and Bible publishers are no longer the dominant force. They now share the exhibit floor with a dizzying array of T-shirt manufacturers, greeting card companies and even Christian candymakers.
Book publishers point out that Christian retailers are no longer their primary sales channel. Online sellers such as Amazon.com, and such “big box” stores as Wal-Mart, account for an increasing percentage of their profits — and their attention. Click here to read more.
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