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Tyndale House acquires Gospel Light books PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:33 PM EST

GospelLight-BW-300dpiTyndale House Publishers purchased the publication rights and existing inventory for the book What the Bible Is All About from Ventura, California-based Gospel Light.

The book rights were purchased through Gospel Light’s bankruptcy auction Oct. 27. Tyndale House also acquired the rights to several ancillary books related to What the Bible Is All About.

Investment firm buys LifeWay headquarters PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 07:48 PM EST

lifeway-hq-baptist-pressLifeWay Christian Resources has sold its Nashville headquarters. LifeWay announced that Southwest Value Partners (, a private real estate investment firm, closed today on the purchase of the campus.

The nearly 15-acre campus is in and at the gateway to downtown Nashville. The property is broadly entitled for mixed-use purposes that may include hotel, entertainment, commercial and creative office, and residential. LifeWay will continue to occupy a portion of the campus in the near term until it determines the permanent location of its corporate headquarters.

Casting Crowns wins 4th American Music Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 23 November 2015 04:14 PM EST

casting-crowns-blueCasting Crowns was awarded the American Music Award (AMA) Sunday for Favorite Artist-Contemporary Inspirational, competing with MercyMe and Hillsong United in the category. This is the fourth AMA the group has won, having also won in 2007, 2011 and 2014.

The AMAs are a fan-voted award show with winners determined by votes cast online as well as via Twitter.

Unilit announces restructuring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 23 November 2015 03:45 PM EST

EditorialUnilit-webUnilit, a Miami-based division of Spanish House Ministries, announced “proactive restructuring” today. The publishing company is restructuring to ensure that Unilit can function efficiently and with excellence for the foreseeable future.

Public readings mark 2015 International Day of the Bible PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 23 November 2015 03:19 PM EST

InternationalDayOfTheBible-2015Today at noon local time, the public was invited to celebrate the Scriptures on the International Day of the Bible, an event sponsored by The National Bible Association. Participants paused to read or even sing scripture or otherwise creatively express their love of God’s Word.

Other Bible-focused organizations, including The American Bible Society, YouVersion, Bible Gateway, Scripture Union and Bibles for the World, encouraged participation within their own communities.

US Census Bureau: Bookstore sales rise in September PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 23 November 2015 02:27 PM EST

BakerBookHouse-bookscashwrap-webBookstore sales increased by 6.8 percent in September, relative to September 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s preliminary sales estimates. Bookstores posted $1.1 billion worth of sales during September, a $69 million increase over the same month last year.

Stan Jantz gets nod to lead ECPA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 23 November 2015 12:26 PM EST

Stan-JantzThe Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) named Stan Jantz its executive director, effective Dec. 1. Jantz has been serving as interim director, leading the association through a time of transition after former President and CEO Mark Kuyper was hired as executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG).

Jantz has worked in the Christian book industry throughout his professional life. He is a best-selling co-author of more than 60 books. Most recently, he was interim CEO for Gospel Light and publishing director for Regal Books, which was then part of Gospel Light.

CR launches new 'Ask Lorraine' column PDF Print E-mail
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 23 November 2015 12:10 PM EST

CR-Cover-Dec-Jan16Christian Retailing Update may be on a break for Thanksgiving, but readers can still spend the holiday with Christian Retailing. Available now, the December/January digital issue of Christian Retailing highlights how your store can reach out to niche groups, including Young Adult (YA) readers and Catholic shoppers.

Linda Howard, acquisitions director for children and youth at Tyndale House Publishers, explains how to satisfy the voracious appetite of the YA reader, while Greg Erlandson, publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, equips retailers with seven tips for serving Catholics in the community.

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