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Pillar reunites to release first album in six years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 03:35 PM EDT

PillarChristian rock group Pillar is releasing its first album in six years. One Love Revolution was made possible through the support of the band’s loyal fan base, and is scheduled to release on CD as a LifeWay Christian Stores exclusive Aug. 18 with a digital release to follow Aug. 21.

“Making this record was not only humbling just to have another opportunity, but it was an honor, an honor to regroup and put together our best effort to date,” said frontman Rob Beckley. “We had a purpose beyond a career. It was about inspiring people to know Christ better and to engage in a fight that outlasts their own legacy!"

Downloads take off for Lysa TerKeurst’s First 5 app PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 02:57 PM EDT

First5AppNew York Times best-selling author Lysa TerKeurst, along with Proverbs 31 Ministries, released a new mobile app July 20. Called First 5 (, the app was received with great enthusiasm, seeing more than 100,000 users download it in the first 48 hours of release.

The app moved to No. 57 of all free apps and No. 2 in lifestyle apps in the Apple App Store. It was in the “trending searches” list in the store the day after release, and download numbers continue to grow rapidly. As of today, the app has been downloaded 225,000 times.

Partnership broadens reach of International Children’s Bible PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 02:31 PM EDT

InternationalChildrensBible-TN-webThe International Network of Children’s Ministry (INCM) announced Tuesday that it has adopted the International Children’s Bible (ICB) as its official translation, the result of a partnership with Thomas Nelson Publishers. This partnership coincides with Thomas Nelson’s upcoming product releases that feature the ICB translation, the first version of the Bible translated specifically for children.

“Thomas Nelson shares our dedication to igniting a passion for God’s Word in children’s hearts,” said Matt Guevara, executive director of INCM. “The opportunity to do so by encouraging kids to read the ICB was one we were thrilled to join, especially alongside such a strong partner. One of the most powerful things we can do to anchor today’s kids in God’s Word is to provide Scripture to them in a language they understand and enjoy reading. These Bibles provide not only a trustworthy translation, but an experience that will enrich children’s lives for years to come.”

Hobby Lobby, Mardel file credit card fee lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 02:10 PM EDT

HobbyLobbyStore-webOklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby Stores and Christian retail chain Mardel are taking their merchant fees fight to court. The companies filed an antitrust lawsuit July 23 against Visa and MasterCard in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

"The exercise of this market power has led merchants to pay excessive interchange fees," Hobby Lobby claims in its lawsuit, according to "In this manner, Visa and MasterCard have unlawfully restrained competition in these markets."

Romance Writers of America honors Irene Hannon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 01:25 PM EDT

IreneHannon.DeWeesePhotography-webIrene Hannon, best-selling author of more than 50 novels, won her third RITA Award and was inducted into the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Hall of Fame in a special presentation July 25 in New York City. The black-tie awards and induction ceremony took place before an audience of more than 2,000 publishing industry professionals from around the world.

During the 35-year history of RWA, only 16 authors have achieved Hall of Fame status. Other notable members include Nora Roberts, Julia Quinn and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The only other inspirational author to achieve this milestone is Francine Rivers.

United Methodist publisher dedicates new headquarters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 01:14 PM EDT

UMPH-newcampus-webThe United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) celebrated the dedication of its new campus in Nashville’s MetroCenter with a special ceremony Tuesday, July 28.

Keeping its long-established roots in Nashville, the company has moved to a modern and technology-rich location at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Previously UMPH was located in the heart of downtown Nashville on 8th Avenue South across from Music City Center.

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.

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