I met a pastor recently who introduced himself this way: “Hi, I’m John.” (Not his real name.)
“Hi, John,” I said.
“I buy books,” he replied. It was the beginning of a sad tale that sounds like fiction, except that it is true. John confessed that he didn’t just buy books. He was addicted to book buying. In fact, he had already bought over 850 of IVP’s 1200 books in print and was closing in on the rest. That doesn’t include Bible study guides or booklets, though he’s sorely tempted to pick those up as well. “Just to complete the set, you know,” he said. “Like Pokemon. Gotta catch ’em all.”
Continue reading “A Gentle Madness”
When a bookstore goes out of business, what do the books do? That is the penetrating questions asked by the folks at Loome Antiquarian Booksellers, where one of the employees is the son of IVP’s business manager, Jim Hagen. You can find the very literary and humorous answer here.
Save the Books!
We have been a very good publisher this year. We have paid our bills on time. We have one of the highest “in stock” rates in the industry. We have published many valuable books. We got several awards for our book designs. We have played nice with our authors. We told the truth in our marketing (even if we did get a little “excited” now and then). So I hope you will keep that in mind as Christmas gets near.
I know your elves are working harder than ever this time of year. Maybe they would have time to squeeze in one or two of the following into your sleigh before you take off.
1. Lots and lots of shelf space in bookstores so people can see our award-winning covers, not just our award-winning spines.
Continue reading “Dear Santa”
Just for fun, check out my May 6 blog Blowin’ in the Wind in Addenda & Errata, the IVP Academic blog.