Categories ministry renewing the church The End of Cokesbury, Abingdon Press and UMR Communications? Post author By Andrew Conard Post date April 26, 2010 4 Comments on The End of Cokesbury, Abingdon Press and UMR Communications? Cokesbury, Abingdon Press and UMR Communications each have long histories. How much of a future do they have? I recently read an article that referenced this video put together by a publishing company. What are your thoughts, feelings or opinions on the future of Methodist publications? Rate this:Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintMoreRedditLinkedInTumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related Tags abingdon press, cokesbury, future, history, hope, publication, umr communications By Andrew Conard Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner View Archive → ← Vacation – Blog Break → 2010 Resurrection Online Micro Churches 4 replies on “The End of Cokesbury, Abingdon Press and UMR Communications?” We just bought 10 new “Faith We Sing” hymnals, and paid $80 plus shipping more buying them through Cokebury than what they were priced at Amazon.com. A small example, but magnify it to get the picture. 100 books would have been $800 over what Amazon offers. Few churches have the luxury of spending this way to support our denomination. Kathy – You are right about the difference that this makes. Thanks for sharing the particular example. I have to agree with Kathy. For seminary classes, I get my book list (hosted on the Cokesbury website) and compare Cokesbury to Amazon. Typically I can save 20% on Amazon. I am afraid that Cokesbury is in for a rough time. As for the publishing arms, as long as there are theologians and churches, there will be a demand for Christian publishers. That said, as e-readers get better, more people will want them. The publishers need to get ready to be serious about digital distribution, because the trend cannot be stopped. JAy. – There is money to be saved at Amazon much of the time. I wonder at times about the future of publishing houses (see post yesterday). I would assert that there will continue to be a demand for Christian content, whether there is a demand for Christian publishers remains to be seen. Comments are closed.