DeeperCalling Media Announces Record First Quarter Retail Revenues - Despite Down Economy the Christian Book Business Is Up

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Deeper Calling Media today reports that 2012 Q1 revenues from its DeeperShopping.com retail website business rose 24.8% compared to 2011.

Industry wide, sales of Christian Books grew 8%. Our retail division was able to capitalize on those successes and increase revenues by close to 25% stated DeeperCalling CEO Bill Goodyear

Deeper Calling Media is the world's largest supplier of full service eCommerce bookstores to both the Bookseller and the Christian Bookseller industries. The company also owns and operates its own retail division selling direct to consumers over the internet. Q1 eCommerce sales of Christian Books and Bibles from its DeeperShopping Christian Books Internet division rose 24.8% from 2011 to 2012.

"While the book industry continues to evolve, the Christian publishing business remains a healthy and viable business. We are pleased to be able to show how retailers can build a thriving and growing eCommerce business despite the current economic climate. We track the Christian Retail industry pretty closely, and as a whole, sales of Christian Books grew over 8%. Our retail division was able to capitalize on those successes and increase revenues by close to 25%" stated DeeperCalling CEO Bill Goodyear.

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) 2011 statistics for the publishing industry as a whole were dismal - showing a net increase in sales. The main bright spot was in eBooks and other downloadable media. That business was up overall a whopping 117.3%. According to the AAP the other major performers were downloadable audiobooks with gains over 25%, and religious books with gains over 8% in 2011.

When you begin to break down those numbers, one thing jumps out at you - according to Christian Retailing Magazine*, and other industry sources including the CBA - 'Mom-n-Pop' brick & mortar Christian bookstores are going out of business at alarming rates, and yet Religious titles are the only printed book category to see increase sales. Which begs the question - Where is that business going? "Its obvious that a significant shift has occurred in the Christian Book industry with online sales growing at a healthy pace. We feel that independent booksellers will continue to be an important factor in the successful sales of Christian Books provided they diversify their revenue streams and start capturing online sales" stated DeeperCalling marketing manager Joe Kerr.

So where does that leave those Mom-n-Pops? "Our successes in retailing Christian Books on our DeeperShopping.com website show there is a huge opportunity for retailing life changing products. The tougher this economy gets, the more people will continue to look for answers to their daily trials and tribulations" stated DeeperCalling CEO Bill Goodyear. "And our online retail stores will have the answers they need!".

About Deeper Calling Media
Deeper Calling Media is the world's largest supplier of turnkey full service internet web stores for booksellers in the ABA, CBA, Church & ministry markets. The company offers fully customizable bookstores, online stores, and drop ship programs. For more information regarding the company, visit http://www.deepercalling.com/

*This Vital Signs survey was conducted online in January among readers of Christian Retailing. Of 137 respondents, 96 were actively involved in a retail store. Vital Signs is a joint project of Christian Retailing and Jim Seybert, who are solely responsible for its content. Reprinted with permission from Christian Retailing, April 2012. Copyright Charisma Media, USA. All rights reserved.

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