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Audiobook sales rise significantly in 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 27 July 2015 03:31 PM EDT

audiobook-listenerThe audiobook industry is continuing to expand in sales as well as the number of titles being published in the format, according to the annual sales survey from the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

APA estimates that 2014 audiobook sales totaled more than $1.47 billion, up 13.5 percent over 2013, based on information from responding publishers. Unit sales were also up 19.5 percent, nearly five times the increase of the overall book trade industry (4.2 percent).

Baker Publishing Group welcomes two new hires PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 27 July 2015 01:24 PM EDT

LouisMcBride-web-closeBaker Publishing Group announced two new hires today.

Louis McBride has joined the Baker Academic and Brazos Press divisions as the new publicist. Baker Academic has also recently hired Christina Jasko as a textbook specialist.

Thomas Nelson promotes senior marketing staff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 27 July 2015 01:12 PM EDT

michael-aulisio-webThomas Nelson announced two senior marketing promotions July 24. Michael Aulisio has been promoted to vice president of marketing for gift books. In addition, AnnJanette Toth has been promoted to senior marketing director for children’s books and Tommy Nelson Kids.

Aulisio joined Thomas Nelson in October 2010 as director of marketing. He has led marketing campaigns for popular gift books, including the No. 1 best-seller Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, Every Day in His Presence by Charles Stanley, Hope for Each Day by Billy Graham, Savor by Shauna Niequist and 5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh. As a result of his innovative marketing leadership, many titles have also earned from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) platinum and gold awards for sales achievements of more than 1 million and 500,000 copies sold, respectively.

Jason Crabb honored with street name in hometown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 27 July 2015 11:38 AM EDT

crabb-street-webJason Crabb was recently honored with a street name, “Jason Crabb Drive,” in his hometown, Beaver Dam, Kentucky. The city surprised and honored Crabb with the sign for the road when he arrived for a hometown show two weekends ago.

It was an emotional homecoming for Crabb, who had not performed in his hometown since his grandmother died earlier this year.

'Southern Writers' honors Christian book cover design PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 02:25 PM EDT

loves-reckoning-cover-webTwo books by Christian-market publishers have won the Southern Writers 2015 Best Covers contest.

Laura Frantz’s Love’s Reckoning (Revell/Baker Publishing Group) was featured in the magazine's article commending the cover design's "wow" factor. Lauraine Snelling’s Heaven Sent Rain (FaithWords/Hachette) also was praised for its design.

Frantz told Southern Writers that she gasped when she first saw her award-winning cover.

“Of my seven covers, this one is my personal favorite,” she said.

Love’s Reckoning is an intensely emotional novel, per reviewers, so capturing the right feel of the book was important,” Frantz added. “‘Broody’ is the word that comes to mind. Though the book has a happily ever after, it’s a rocky road to get there! But I think that makes the ending all the sweeter and sets the stage for the next books in the series.”

Southern Writers asked readers to nominate book covers that had caught their eye and were “irresistible” on the shelves.

Both Love’s Reckoning and Heaven Sent Rain were selected as favorites by readers of the magazine. Voting ended April 30, and the winners were announced in the July issue.

'Today's King James' gains traction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 08:50 AM EDT

mev-large-print-webThe Modern English Version (MEV) Bible is poised for sustained growth and increased readership. Charisma House reports that the translation known as "Today's King James" has experienced strong traffic, demand and visibility since its official launch in May 2014.

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) listed the Personal Size Large Print MEV (Passio/Charisma House) as the No. 11 best-selling Bible in June retail sales. In February, the MEV made it to ECPA’s list of top 10 Bible translations.

Anchor, Bridge-Logos announce new distribution agreement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 03:44 PM EDT

lloyd-hildebrand-2-webAnchor Distributors and Bridge-Logos have finalized a distribution and fulfillment services agreement with a target date of Sept. 1.

Representatives from both companies believe the partnership will maximize productivity, enabling Bridge-Logos to better focus on creating excellent products and Anchor to handle distribution logistics to an ever-expanding global market.

CPE Murfreesboro event seeks to equip, engage retailers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 03:25 PM EDT

CPElogo-webChristian Product Expo (CPE) returns Sept. 20-22 to “encourage, equip and engage” independent Christian retailers and vendors from across the country. Events include workshops, author meetings, concerts featuring popular Christian music artists and pre-screenings of upcoming films.

“By attending CPE, independent retailers can be encouraged, as well as equipped with new ideas from great training, so that they can be better engaged with suppliers and their communities,” said Kirk Blank, president of the Munce Group, which hosts the show.

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