Wednesday, July 23, 2008
News Tidbits--Kindle and Fantasy Tour
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Christian publishers add titles for Amazon's Kindle
Amazon.com has announced that a number of Christian publishers--Augsburg Fortress, Crossway Books & Bibles, David C. Cook, Gospel Light, Group Publishing, NavPress, Strang Communications, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale House Publishers, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. and Zondervan--have committed to making the majority of their book catalogs available by the end of this year to owners of Kindle, Amazon's portable digital reader.
"Of the 135,000 books available on Amazon.com as a physical book and on Kindle, Kindle books already account for over 12% of units sold," said Ian Freed, vice president of Amazon Kindle. "We're pleased that so many publishers are seeing this success with their Kindle titles, and that more publishers like the Christian book publishers are getting on board."
"The response to our Kindle editions has been remarkable," said Alan Huizenga, director of digital publishing at Tyndale House Publishers. "We are excited to know that for readers who own a Kindle, they can download and begin reading best-selling Tyndale authors such as Joel Rosenberg, Tony Dungy, Francine Rivers and Tommy Newberry in under a minute."
"For years Eerdmans readers have enjoyed our extensive selection of titles from the scholarly to the popular," said Sam Eerdmans, vice president of sales and marketing for Eerdmans. "Now Eerdmans is excited to announce that many of our titles will be readily available on Kindle."
Amazon has increased the number of books available on Kindle from 90,000 to 135,000 since it was introduced last November, with more being added every day.
Journey begins for Christian fantasy authors
In a move somewhat paralleling familiar mythical tales, eight fantasy writers from different backgrounds and publishing houses will unite to embark on an epic journey, Oct. 4-11, for a common goal-to increase awareness of the Christian fantasy genre. Announced in a Tuesday press conference at the International Christian Retail Show, the tour will assemble eight fiction writers, each from a different publisher, including Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, NavPress, WaterBrook Press, B&H Publishing Group, Tsaba House and Creation House.
"Our belief is that fantasy opens up eyes to the spiritual world," said L.B. Graham, author of "The Binding of the Blade" series from P&R Publishing.
The authors will do book signings, visit book fairs and speak in homeschool meetings during the tour, raising awareness for a genre that is strong in the general market, but is underrepresented at Christian retail.
"It's a world (Christian retail) needs to be involved in," Graham said.
This year's tour features Graham along with Bryan Davis, Sharon Hinck, Eric Reinhold, Wayne Batson, Jonathan Rogers, Donita K. Paul and Christopher Hopper, and has doubled the number of participating authors from last year.
Several of the authors will contribute blogs, vodcasts and their itinerary on the tour's Web site, http://www.fantasyfictiontour.com/.
While someone else was taking our picture, Christian Retailing snapped this photo of the Zondervan novelists with Mickey and Minnie at Epcot Center. From left to right: Nancy Rue, Mickey, Terri Blackstock, Robin Jones Gunn, Melody Carlson, Robin Lee Hatcher, Karen Kingsbury (unfortunately hidden), Robert Elmer, Brandilyn Collins, Minnie.