Every quarter few months so often, I send out a mail to librarians at Bible and theological colleges around the UK to let them know about our latest releases. Today I thought "Why just the librarians? Why not the rest of the world too?" So here you are, our December newsletter!
A great review in the Methodist Recorder this week from Brian D Brown, Visiting Fellow in Media and Communication St John’s College Durham:
“Never be afraid of scholarship”, Alan T Dale used to urge his students in the 1960s. He was true to his own dictum and based his groundbreaking New World on the then latest scholarship from the likes of CH Dodd, J Jeremias, TW Manson, R Bultmann, G Bornkamm. He said that this is what the Gospels, Acts and letters would look like if we followed what the scholars were saying.
We make our books available in three different formats - paperback, Kindle (which you can buy from the Amazon store) and EPUB. (which you can buy right here on the site) For the two electronic formats, we don't use any kind of Digital Rights Management to "protect" our books. There's a variety of reasons why we think DRM is just a Bad Idea.
At a time where we celebrate 600 years of Bible translations, can there really be anything new? Les Marsh thinks so. His new translation of the Gospel of Luke portrays the cultural and historical scene of first century Israel, bringing out not only the words of Jesus, but what those words would mean to his hearers.
We find that reviews are one of the best ways to make people aware of our books. We're a small company and we depend a lot on word-of-mouth sales, recommendations and hand-selling, rather than large promotional campaigns, to get our message across. We're always grateful when people like Jay Stiegelmeyer and Scott Cheatham write about our books - especially if they like them! (Looks like they do!)
One of the inspirations for starting Wide Margin was my experience in trying to promote the work of Mitsuo Fukuda. His books have been a great influence on me, and deserve to be more widely known.
That's why today I'm delighted to announce the launch of Upward, Outward, Inward, his latest book, which sets out a simple way of teaching and living out the Gospel. The press release is attached, and the book is available from all good online bookstores.
OK, I'll say up front that I’m not sure about this one, but it’s an idea I want to explore. In June’s Christian Marketplace there was an article from Steve Laube called “Why is it so hard to get published?” Well, of course, Wide Margin is all about changing all that, but he said one thing that made me sad.
I've been enjoying Phil Groom's Christian Bookshops Blog and Phil Wittall's Simple Pastor (which was, until recently, also about bookshops!) recently. Both of them have been recently lamenting the demise of the Christian bookshop in the UK, but I'm starting to wonder if it could actually be otherwise.
I thought that today I would write about The Shack. (Do we need a link for that? You've probably heard of it already; it's only the best-selling new Christian book in decades, selling 12 million copies so far, and one of the fastest-selling books of the 2000s, Christian or not.) But then something interesting happened...