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Faith-based surfer film nominated for three film festival awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 21 July 2014 03:32 PM EDT

PerfectWaveThe Perfect Wave has been nominated for three awards at the 6th Annual Pan Pacific Film Festival for Best Feature Narrative, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. Winners will be announced at the festival July 24-26 in Los Angeles. 

Starring Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino, Flags of Our Fathers), Rachel Hendrix (October Baby) and Cheryl Ladd (Charlie's Angels), the film opened in select markets July 11.

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Facebook tests consumer ‘Buy’ button to help businesses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 21 July 2014 03:26 PM EDT

Facebook-BuyButton-webFacebook is now testing a new feature to help businesses drive sales through the site in News Feed and on Pages.

With the feature, people on desktop or mobile can click the “Buy” button on ads and Page posts to purchase a product directly from a business without leaving the page they’re on and without leaving Facebook.

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Liguori Publications acquires Franciscan Media’s parish resources PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 21 July 2014 03:19 PM EDT

LiguoriLiguori Publications, a Catholic publisher and Redemptorist ministry, has purchased Catholic Update and many other parish resources from Franciscan Media. Liguori will continue to provide those resources to parishes and looks to expand its reach among parishes. The purchase is part of a collaborative agreement that enables both companies to use their strengths to better serve Catholic parishes and individuals. Financial details were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, the Catholic Update newsletter and Catholic Update on Demand, the Faith Formation Update newsletter, and Bringing Home the Word lectionary-based resource, as well as related books, videos and other products, joined Liguori’s parish resources and solutions.

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Recording artist Yancy adds Spanish songs to free app PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 21 July 2014 03:16 PM EDT

Yancy-PequenFiestadeAlabanza-webYancy’s Little Praise Party app is getting a bilingual upgrade with the addition of songs from her new Spanish-language children’s album, Pequeña Fiesta de Alabanza! (Elevate Entertainment/Syntax Distribution). The app, available for free for iOS and Android, encourages praise sing-along fun on the go.

For the first time this month, Yancy’s Little Praise Party app is featuring a song in Spanish, with plans to feature songs in English and Spanish every month going forward. 

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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited subscription service PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 21 July 2014 03:08 PM EDT

AmazonKindleFireHDXAmazon.com introduced on July 18 Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service that allows customers to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks—for $9.99 a month. Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial for the service.

Subscribers also get a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to the full selection of Audible titles. Kindle Unlimited is accessible from Kindle devices or with Amazon’s free Kindle reading apps.

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Serial robber hits Family Christian’s Fresno store PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 21 July 2014 10:21 AM EDT

FamilyChristianLogo-webPolice in Fresno, California, are looking for a man allegedly involved in four robberies in the past month, including one at the Family Christian Stores location, according to The Fresno Bee.

Sgt. Jerardo Chamalbide said the suspect used a gun to rob Family Christian on June 26. FOX News affiliate KMPH said that Family Christian staff said the man walked into the store and demanded cash.

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Canadian marketing programs raise awareness of Christian products PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 12:23 PM EDT

NutsAboutBooks-webCanadian marketing and publicity agency Graf-Martin Communications has launched Spark, a new digital street team platform, and re-launched two of its consumer outreach programs, Nuts About Books and Resourcing Leaders. Graf-Martin offers all three services to new and current clients to augment and support public relations and marketing campaigns.

“We’ve developed, refined and rebranded all of these programs because we know that as times change, we need to connect with consumers in new, strategic and creative ways,” said Ellen Graf-Martin, Graf-Martin Communications’ founder and president. “Our clients want to expand their reach across Canada, and we’ve created simple ways to do just that.”

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AAP: Sales rise for religious presses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:29 AM EDT

AAPLogo.WebThe overall trade publishing sector continues showing growth in 2014 over 2013 with a 6.5% increase for first quarter 2014 over the same quarter last year, according to the March 2014 Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) StatShot report of publishers’ net revenue.

Children’s/Young Adults (C/YA) continued double-digit growth in publishers’ total net revenue versus the previous period, increasing 31.5% for January-March 2014 over 2013. Additionally, each of the four C/YA formats (hardcover, board book, paperback and e-book) showed double-digit growth over the previous quarter.

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