I’ve often wondered what it would be like to own a Bible bookshop and what I’d sell if I did. I get this feeling more and more as time goes on and I find it increasingly hard to find good Christian books in my local Christian bookshop. It’s a little bit like mining for precious stones – there’s a lot of coal and not many diamonds. This is most likely due to profit margins, bookshops focusing on what sells. This isn’t altogether unreasonable – bookshop owners have to eat after all! But it’s a shame that the top 10 Christian books are mostly self-help books that just happen to be written by a Christian.
With the rise of the web and sites such Amazon now selling such a great range of Christian books (I love the long tail!) and providing tools and web API’s it’s now possible to create your own Christian bookshop – so that’s what I’ve done. If I had a Christian bookshop it would sell what’s in the two links at the top of this page titled ‘BOOK SHOP UK‘ and ‘BOOK SHOP US‘. I had to create two shops because Amazon keeps the markets separate. This is the stuff I really believe in and believe will really transform your life as a Christian. Clicking the links to each book brings up the full editorial along with customer reviews.
So, feel free to have a browse and let me know what you think. If you end up buying a book, I get a small cut which might help pay for my web-hosting which is no bad thing, but also you might find something you really like. Even if you only use it to read the reviews and buy the book elsewhere you still might find in helpful.
The shop is an Amazon aStore which is a quick and easy way to set up an Amazon shop front. It took a while to create and setup through the Amazon Affiliate program (UK|US) but then it was really easy to add books and create categories. It was also a little fiddly to include on the site (using WordPress), but with a little web help it worked in the end. If anyone wants to create their own Amazon aStore, I’m happy to post a ‘How to…’ guide sometime soon.
I plan to keep adding to the store whenever I come across a good book so keep coming back!
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