Legacy publishers' days are numbered...

Legacy publishers are in trouble and no tears needed. As with seminaries, colleges, denominations, parachurch organizations, missions, and certainly churches, wealth and power corrupt. So it's good to see fresh faces committed to God's truth using the new media that are taking the publishing world by storm. Although those losing money and power will bear false witness against it...

calling it "revolution," let us praise God for the loyal, unifying, constructive, irenic, and righteous work of reform.

Someone said the history of the Middle Ages can be written as new church order founded as a reform of old church order; new church order is poor and pure; the rich give their money to the new, poor, pure church order; the new church order grows rich and powerful and corrupt; and new church order founded as a reform of old order.

Concerning the reform of publishing, if you want to know where books are heading, read this piece from the excellent tech trends blog, GigaOm. And follow the links.

(TB)

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Semper Reformanda, I guess, but I hope you'll forgive me for showing a little bit of sadness that too many churches, seminaries, publishers, and such are losing track of the ball due to dollar signs and authority, and as such throwing away the resources God has given.

Print newspapers and magazines are rapidly dying. Their business model is broken and it can't be fixed (while remaining a print on paper medium).

I'm not so sure that this is true of printed books (or their publishers). Obviously, more and more books are going to be e-books and more authors are going to publish on-demand and control the whole process themselves. Nevertheless, book publishing has been refined over hundreds of years and offers good value to the consumer. Furthermore, a significant percentage of capable authors simply want to write. They don't want to become publishers. My guess, and it is only a guess, is that companies like Zondervan will be able to adapt adequately to remain a major force in Christian publishing.

Would Thomas Nelson be considered a legacy publisher?

They have promised to publish blogger Rachel Held Evans' book on her year of biblical womanhood which he bills as, "John Piper meets Martha Stewart meets Julie & Julia meets A Year of Living Biblically. Just enough crazy to interest everyone." Her posts and the information published so far about the project drip with sarcasm and ridicule all frosted with a health dose of "winsome smile" and the cherry of humour on top.

She is also organizing a blog rally "to restore unity" and stop all the nasty vitriol about things we can agree to disagree about and just be nice to each other. Never mind that, as one respondent on her blog pointed out, we still haven't agreed on what we can and cannot disagree about.

And then almost on cue, is the self-proclaimed, "Hey, I'm still in this emergent conversation" emergent blogger links to a site calling itself "queermergent" which says it is "An Emergent Safe House for the LGBTQ Community, Allies, and All Interested People Seeking Understanding."

I wonder if Thomas Nelson knows about that affiliation of hers?

Ack! Sorry for the typos.

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