Indies missing out by failing to fill Christian bookshop gap, publishers say

Indies missing out by failing to fill Christian bookshop gap, publishers say

A decline in Christian bookshops means readers are buying religious titles online, with many indies booksellers failing to cash in on demand, publishers say.

Figures from the Booksellers Association shows a decline of 16.5% from 285 to 238 Christian bookshops since 2014, although, like the wider trade, the fall has slowed in recent years.

However, Ian Matthews, director of UK book publishing at Christian publisher David C Cook, said indie bookshops were missing a trick by not trying to reach customers that no longer had a religious store.

According to Nielsen data, Christian titles sold ...

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