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Stephen Mansfield’s timely book receives media attention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 02:25 PM EDT

TheMiracleOfTheKurds-webNew York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield is receiving major media attention for his book The Miracle of the Kurds, published in print by Worthy Publishing and as an audiobook by Oasis Audio. The book has been featured on media outlets such as FOX & Friends, Hannity and The 700 Club.

Narrated by the author, The Miracle of the Kurds tells a story of hope reborn in Northern Iraq. Oasis Audio describes the book as an account of “the stories of people who have fashioned one of the greatest economic and cultural resurrections in human history.”

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'Inspirational' bands receive American Music Awards nominations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 01:49 PM EDT

Newsboys-AMACasting Crowns, Newsboys and Hillsong United have been nominated for the 2014 American Music Awards (AMA). Fans can vote through Twitter or through the show’s website (AMAvote.com) for one of the three groups in the Favorite Artist—Contemporary Inspirational category among many other categories.

For Casting Crowns, the nomination is the band’s sixth in its career, while the band has won two. The group’s current release, Thrive, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums Chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. 

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David C Cook hires new senior director of marketing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 01:06 PM EDT

TimClose-webDavid C Cook has appointed industry veteran Tim Close as senior director of marketing, joining the trade book team, effective Sept. 8.

Close comes to Cook with a wealth of experience in marketing and publishing, with expertise in new product development, digital marketing technology and leading marketing teams in strategic and successful campaigns.

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Barbour fiction dominates ECPA’s best-seller list PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:56 AM EDT

WestwardChristmasBridesBarbour Publishing has announced that its fiction titles currently hold half of the spots available on the October Christian fiction best-seller list from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

“Barbour is thrilled with these achievements and appreciates the hard work of all its authors,” a company statement said.

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Apple Pay launches for mobile purchasers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:49 AM EDT

ApplePay-webApple has announced that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger starting Monday, Oct. 20, when its new Apple Pay service becomes available in the U.S.

The company said that Apple Pay offers “an easy, secure and private way to pay” using the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stores and through apps. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service is enabled by a free software update to iOS 8.

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Christian publishers sign with Bookmasters for distribution PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:44 AM EDT

Bookmasters-webBookmasters has signed new distribution agreements with three Christian publishing groups, the Christian Board of Publication/Chalice Press, Somersault Group and Generations with Vision.

“We are thrilled to welcome these publishers into the Bookmasters family,” said Ken Fultz, general manager at Bookmasters. “While each publisher specializes in their own unique content, the quality of each publisher’s work stands on its own and complements the work of Bookmasters’ growing group of exceptional publishers.”

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U.S. retail sales fall in September PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 02:42 PM EDT

9653476XS  Istockphoto-mcfieldsRetail sales dropped by 0.3% to $442.7 billion in September, following a 0.6% rise in August, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures. The uptick in August was the largest gain in four months.

Consumers may have spent more during the early U.S. Labor Day holiday, which could explain the up-down nature of spending in August and September.

Lower prices at the gas pump now add to consumers’ disposable income, which may benefit retailers.

 
CBA previews 2015 ICRS, opens exhibitor registration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 01:24 PM EDT

OCConventionCenter-webNearly 20 representatives from more than a dozen companies were given a preview of the 2015 International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in September at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show will be held June 28-July 1.

CBA will institute programming changes at this year’s ICRS, beginning with a general session Sunday afternoon before worship services and the Sunday evening concert. Monday and Tuesday general sessions and training will have exclusive hours, and exclusive exhibit-floor hours have been designed around those sessions. The Monday kickoff session begins at 8 a.m. with a keynote presentation followed by breakout sessions before the exhibit floor opens at 10 a.m.

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