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Augsburg Fortress closes U.S. stores

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article35455
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2008 December
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2008 December
Volume
134
Issue
10
Page
18
Notes
"Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), recently announced the closure of its nine bookstores in the United States, but said that its two Canadian bookstores, including Augsburg Fortress/Anglican Book Centre (ABC) in Toronto will remain open." "Citing 'significant changes in its business operations', Augsburg Fortress announced Nov. 7 [2008] that was closing its bookstores by April 2009, eliminating 55 positions, including four in Canada". "'There's no plan to close the Canadian stores. We're fortunate in that we are self-sustaining,' said Andy Seal, Augsburg Fortress Canada director. He also said that there is 'a very different scenario' with regards to ABC, adding that the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod still controls the publishing of Anglican resources". "Augsburg Fortress assumed full control of Toronto-based ABC in June 2007 under an agreement that allowed it to operate the bookstore for three years. ... Under the renewable arrangement, General Synod receives an annual revenue of $31,000 from Augsburg for rent of the Augsburg-Fortress/ABC operation and the lease of the store's name."
Subjects
Augsburg Fortress
Anglican Book Centre
Religious bookstores - Canada
Religious bookstores - United States
Religious literature - Publication and distribution - Canada
Religious literature - Publication and distribution - United States
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Bookstore turned small profit in 2007

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article39415
Author
De Santis, Solange
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2008 May
Author
De Santis, Solange
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2008 May
Volume
134
Issue
5
Page
17
Notes
"In 2007, the Anglican Book Centre (ABC), the Canadian church's Toronto retailer, survived and looks like a viable operation for the future, according to its new manager, the Lutheran publisher and retailer Augsburg Fortress. Slated to close its storefront outlet in favor of a Web and telephone-only operation, the bookstore experienced sharply reduced sales last year [2007] but made a small profit, said manager Andy Seal. Final numbers were not yet available and comparisons with previous years are somewhat difficult since Augsburg took over management of the operation in June 2007 from the Anglican church's national office, called General Synod. Peter Blachford, treasurer of General Synod, said he expected that bookstore sales for all of 2007 were about half the $2.96 million recorded in 2006. Mr. Seal in an interview, estimated that the operation showed a profit of $25,000 last year, showing that 'the store did perform such that it is a sustainable location'. In 2006, said Mr. Blachford, the store lost $504,000 and in the three years before that, total losses were $899,000. In the five years prior to 2003, the store returned a total of $1.38 million in profits to General Synod, but began to feel the pressure of competition from the Internet and mega-booksellers such as Amazon.com and Chapters/Indigo. In addition, the store experienced a difficult move to a new building in 2004 and the departure of two managers".
Subjects
Anglican Book Centre
Anglican Church of Canada - Finance
Augsburg Fortress Canada
Religious bookstores - Canada
Religious bookstores - Anglican Church of Canada
Christian publishers and publishing - Canada
Seal, Andy
Blachford, Peter
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Canon XVI - Department of Literature and Supplies

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official3209
Date
1955 August/September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1955 August/September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Chancellor Soward
Seconder
Canon C.A. Moulton
Text
That Canon XVI "Department of Literature and Supplies" be adopted as follows:
CANON XVI - DEPARTMENT OF LITERATURE AND SUPPLIES
1. There shall be a Department of the General Synod for the supply, sale and distribution of all manner of supplies, including books, theological literature, periodicals, pamphlets, leaflets, papers, music, Church furniture and furnishings of every nature and kind, Sunday School supplies, visual aids, films, slides, and projectors and other related equipment, such department to be called "The Department of Literature and Supplies" with a secondary title "Anglican Book Centre." The Department shall be administered by a Board as hereinafter provided.
2. The Board:
(1) The Board shall consist of:
(a) The Primate, the Prolocutor, and the Honorary Treasurer of General Synod, ex officio;
(b) Two persons appointed by the Executive Committee of the Missionary Society;
(c) Two persons appointed by the Executive Committee of the General Board of Religious Education;
(d) Two persons appointed by the Executive Committee of the Council for Social Service.
(e) Two persons appointed by the Executive of the Dominion Board of the Woman's Auxiliary;
(f) Four persons appointed by the Executive Council of the General Synod, at least one of whom shall be a bishop;
(g) The Director of the Department;
(h) Three persons co-opted by the Board and not necessarily members of the Synod.
(2) The General Secretaries of the Departments of Missions, Religious Education and Christian Social Service and the Editorial Secretary of the General Board of Religious Education shall be members of the Board, without vote and shall not be eligible for appointment under the provisions of subsection 1.
(3)(a) All members of the Board appointed under subsection (1) shall be appointed for terms of three years or until the next General Synod, but shall be eligible for reappointment.
(b) All such appointments shall be made by the respective executive committees at their first meeting following a session of the General Synod.
(4) Vacancies occurring by reason of death, resignation, removal from Canada, or by a member ceasing to be a member of the General Synod, or appointing body, shall be filled by the Executive Committee of the appointing body for the remainder of the term.
(5) Seven members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
(6) The Board shall meet at least once a year at the call of the officers or the Executive Committee.
3. Officers
(1) The Primate shall be chairman of the Board.
(2) The Board shall, at its first meeting following the annual meeting of the Executive Council in each year or the meeting of the General Synod, elect a vice-chairman and a secretary, who shall continue in office until the next such meeting.
(3) The Board shall from time to time appoint a Director who shall, subject to the authority of the Board, supervise the affairs of the Department and shall perform such duties as may be ordered by the Board or its Executive Committee.
4. Executive Committee
(1) The Board shall appoint an Executive Committee composed of the officers of the Board and of not less than three or more than six members of the Board, which shall carry on the work of the Board between meetings of the Board and in particular:
(a) Authorize the appointment and dismissal of members of the staff and determine their terms of employment.
(b) Unless the Board otherwise determines, act as a nominating committee for the officers of the Board, the co-opted members of the Board, and the selection of the various committees and sub-committees.
(c) Arrange, prepare and initiate special business of the Board.
(d) Consider and report on matters referred to it by the Board.
(e) Recommend to the Board suitable by-laws for the regulation of the affairs of the Department.
5. Finance Committee and Sub-Committees
(1) There shall be a Finance Committee of the Board, consisting of the Director, and three other members elected by the Executive Committee. The Finance Committee shall report to the Executive Committee and/or the Board.
(2) The Executive Committee may appoint sub-committees as may be necessary to carry on the work of the Department, and may define their duties. Such sub-committees may include other than members of the Board.
6. Powers of the Board
(1) Subject to the authority of the General Synod and/or the Executive Council, the Department and Board shall have authority and power:
(a) To purchase, market, sell and distribute books, literature, periodicals, pamphlets, leaflets, papers, music and religious literature.
(b) To purchase, market, sell and distribute Church furniture and furnishings of every nature and kind.
(c) To purchase, market, sell and distribute Sunday School supplies, visual aids, audio-visual aids, films, slides, projectors and other related equipment.
(d) To publish and distribute leaflets, pamphlets and books respecting the Church and its activities, or in respect of its history, doctrines, mission, traditions and practice.
(e) To assist the several Departments of the General Synod in the carrying out of their programmes.
(f) To act as agent or contractor in respect of any of the foregoing objects on behalf of, or in co-operation with, the General Synod, any Diocesan or Provincial Synod, parish, Church Society, organization, university or college.
(g) To organize such sub-departments or branches as it may deem necessary in the administration of the affairs of the Board.
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Canon, the Board may make by-laws for the regulation of the affairs of the Department and Board, the frequency and conduct of meetings of the Board, its executive and committees, the appointment of the officers and employees, their remuneration and the definition of their duties.
(3) The Board, with the approval of the Executive Council, may become incorporated by Special Act of the Parliament of Canada or the Legislature of any Province of Canada.
7. Reports
The Board or the Executive, by direction of the Board, shall make a report of its work, together with financial statements, to each meeting of the Synod and Executive Council. CARRIED in both Houses.
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod. Constitution. Canon XVI
Anglican Book Centre
Anglican Church of Canada. Dept. of Literature and Supplies
Bookstores - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Audio-visual aids
Christian literature - Publication and distribution - Canada
Religious bookstores - Canada
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Closure of ABC 'the end of an era'

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article38207
Author
Staff
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2012 December
Author
Staff
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2012 December
Volume
138
Issue
10
Page
7
Notes
"Augsburg Fortress Canada -- the bookseller for the Anglican Church of Canada -- has announced the closure of the Anglican Book Centre (ABC), effective Jan. 18, 2013. Patrons will now be served online and by phone (800) 265-6397. Founded more than 100 years ago, ABC is an internationally known retailer of books, vestments and church supplies. Sales were down by 28 per cent in 2011, which is 'below the break-even level', said a joint statement released by the Anglican Church of Canada and Augsburg Fortress. 'In spite of hard work and innovation, the trend has continued in 2012', said the statement. The decline in revenues was attributed to competition from web-based book retailers and the increase in readership of e-books. 'Religious book and gift stores across Canada have faced significant challenges resulting in the closure of 120 stores in the past 10 years', said Andy Seal, director of ABC/Augsburg Fortress Canada".
Subjects
Anglican Book Centre
Augsburg Fortress Canada
Religious bookstores - Canada
Religious bookstores - Anglican Church of Canada
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Publishing Policy - Anglican Book Centre

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7063
Date
1997 November 5-7
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 17-11-97
Date
1997 November 5-7
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 17-11-97
Mover
Mr. R. Welch
Seconder
Mrs. M. Denman
Text
That the Council of General Synod approve the Publishing Policy for the Anglican Book Centre as follows:
i. The mandate of the Anglican Book Centre is to provide "resources for worship, parish life, theological training, and spiritual nurture to constituencies including professional church workers, lay people, students and seekers".
ii. Within this mandate the mission of the publishing program is twofold:
- to serve the publishing requirements of General Synod;
- additionally, to produce original resources that will inspire, inform, educate, challenge, and support the church and related constituencies.
iii. To that end, the publishing program shall:
- publish primarily Anglican authors writing from a Canadian context;
- produce at least ten titles of average length each year;
- assess publishing projects both on their significance to the church or one of its constituencies, and on their commercial viability;
- seek relationships with distributors and publishers to reach the widest possible market;
- operate as an accountable business and seek to remain financially self-sustaining. CARRIED #17-11-97
Subjects
Anglican Book Centre
Publishers and publishing - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Religious bookstores - Canada
Christian publishers and publishing - Canada
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Report of Information Resources Committee - Anglican Book Centre - Revised Mandate

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official6997
Date
1997 May 9-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 24-05-97
Date
1997 May 9-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 24-05-97
Mover
Mr. R. Welch
Seconder
Captain B. Park
Text
That the Council of General Synod approve the revised mandate for the Anglican Book Centre as follows:
i) The Anglican Book Centre shall operate as a ministry of and to the church.
ii) It shall provide resources for worship, parish life, theological training and spiritual nurture to constituencies, including professional church workers, lay people, students and seekers. It especially seeks to serve the Anglican community.
iii) In carrying out this ministry, the Centre shall seek to operate at a profit. To that end, it shall have the power, within the policy framework established by the Anglican Book Centre Advisory Board and the Information Resources Committee, to publish, purchase, market, sell and distribute books and other resources in various media. CARRIED #24-05-97
Subjects
Anglican Book Centre
Bookstores
Bookstores - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Religious bookstores - Canada
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Report of the General Secretary #003-10-06-11 : Anglican Book Centre

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9299
Date
2006 November 9-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 18-11-06
Date
2006 November 9-12
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 18-11-06
Mover
Dean Peter Wall
Seconder
Mr. Clarence Randell
Text
That the Council of General Synod approve an orderly transition of the ABC, from a storefront operation, to a telephone and web-based operation. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Book Centre
Religious bookstores - Canada
Publishers and publishing - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Unified Book Room

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official3235
Date
1952 September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1952 September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Canon H.R. Hunt
Seconder
Chancellor Soward
Text
Recommendation 1 - That, while awaiting the enlargement of Church House, the Committee proceed with plans for the establishment of One Church Book Room, the function of which shall be the sale, distribution and rental of all supplies of literature, publications and visual aids of the three Boards and of General Synod, together with theological and devotional literature and such other general literature as may be required. CARRIED in both Houses.
Subjects
Church of England in Canada. Church Book Room
Anglican Church of Canada - Headquarters
Anglican Book Centre
Bookstores - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Audio-visual aids
Christian literature - Publication and distribution - Canada
Religious bookstores - Canada
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Unified Book Room

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official3236
Date
1952 September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1952 September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Canon Hunt
Seconder
Chancellor Soward
Text
Recommendation 6 - That the Committee be authorized to continue its studies, with relation especially to the drafting of a Canon, to be submitted to the next Session of this Synod, relating to the establishment, supervision, management and functions of the Book Room, and providing in particular for representation of the M.S.C.C., G.B.R.E., C.S.S. and the W.A. on the directing board or committee, and to report to the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the Executive Council. CARRIED in both Houses.
Subjects
Church of England in Canada. Church Book Room
Anglican Book Centre
Bookstores - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Christian literature - Publication and distribution - Canada
Religious bookstores - Canada
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Unified Book Room

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official3237
Date
1952 September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1952 September
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Canon Hunt
Seconder
Chancellor Soward
Text
Recommendation 7 - That to the end that the Book Room may be established and be in operation prior to the General Synod of 1955, the Executive Council is hereby instructed to take forthwith all such steps as are necessary to enable the new Book Room to commence and continue operation. CARRIED in both Houses.
Subjects
Church of England in Canada. Church Book Room
Anglican Book Centre
Bookstores - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Christian literature - Publication and distribution - Canada
Religious bookstores - Canada
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