Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Moore books competition

In these uncertain financial times, businesses really need a point of difference to survive. But what kind of niche could our beloved Moorebooks carve out to differentiate themselves from the hoarde of internet booksellers, other than exceedingly high prices?
Here is where you can help.
to aid Moorebooks in publishing its own EXCLUSIVE range of short christian books and pamphlets.
What we need you to do is come up with ideas for the shortest titles a particular author may release. (shorter means you get more money per page!).
The best idea will win their lost 10% discount on a book purchase (if Anglican)* or a cup of coffee if not Anglican*. Extra points will be awarded for books by the faculty.

Here's one entry to get you started:

Ford Lewis Battles' translation of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, but without the acid tongued invective directed at Papists and Anabaptists. 19 pages of pure theological gold

*awarding this prize will entitle me to 6 hours ministry work from you per dollar of discount recieved at the completion of your theological study. Applications to waive this period of service are entirely at my discretion and I may demand the money back. You may think that this is unfair, but you see, sometimes when we have recieved something for a long time (like personal freedom), we start to think that it is our right. But clearly, since this is my competition, I can set whatever rules I like. The six hours are more than fair and equitable, in fact they are in line with the going rate of a major Anglican diocese. Here I am offering you a prize and all you can do is complain.


byron smith said...

Goalposts not where you last saw them? They must be around here somewhere - they can't have gone too far.

Mike W said...

he he, no not too much goalpost shifting. Anglicans no longer receive a student discount at Moorebooks, due to the fact it isn't really their money anyway.

Nathan said...

'...other than exceedingly high prices?'

That really is the problem - the discount just used to make it slightly more bearable...

byron smith said...

So you still get your money at the bookshop, just not the student discount as well?

Mike W said...

correct. It makes good accounting sense, it would be a nightmare for the bookshop to figure out exactly how much money they have and are liable for. I think it was driven by the bursary being cut in half, which must effectively cut their income in half, since I don't know many non-candidates who still buy books there. The internet prices for most books are 50-70% cheaper.

byron smith said...

The bursary has been cut in half again? What is it now?

Though I take your point about non-candidate business. The shift from a fees reduction to bookshop credit a few years back was (I assume) an attempt to keep MB afloat.

Mike B said...

The International Critical Commentary: James 4:1-2 [Hardback, 956 p.p., $250 ($300 for Anglican Candidates)]

As we all know, ICC’s philosophy is longer and longer explanations of shorter and shorter passages of Scripture. This volume draws extensively upon the Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic and Hellenistic literature, recent archaeological discoveries, 19th century German exegesis, 20th century philosophy and Season 3 of Seinfeld. The result is that the reader will, ultimately, forget what they were supposed to be doing.

Commentary on the Old Testament Use of the New Testament (Edited by G. K Beale and D. Carson)

5 views on multi-perspectival books.

Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatix

A fourteen volume illustrated romp set in first-century Roman-occupied Western Europe. Follows the adventures of a gallic puppy who becomes a universalist.

byron smith said...

Church Dogmatix - love it!
Dogmatix is always accompanied by his slightly smaller and more pedantic friend Footnotrix.