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Religion, Like Sex, Sells on E-Books

E-books appear to be doing for religious books what they did for erotica.

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After years of choppy sales, publishers of religious books posted revenue growth of 7% last year, to $1.45 billion — driven largely by sales of e-books, according to new data from the American Association of Publishers. A separate study found e-books accounted for nearly one-third of all Christian fiction sold in 2011. That marks a six-fold increase from the previous year, and puts it well above the level of all other publishing genres, according to Bowker Market Research. (The closest competitor was “general fiction,” with 17% of sales from e-books.)

Why the surge in digital demand? Privacy is one explanation. Erotic titles with racy covers are believed to sell better as e-books because the technology removes the embarrassment of toting them around in public – and the same may be true of spiritual titles, experts say. Book jackets covered in angels and rainbows may be equally uncomfortable for some people to read in public, says Mark Coker, founder of, a publisher of self-published e-books. “These books can be sampled, purchased and read without the judgmental eyes of a clerk at the cash register, or colleagues who might glance at the cover.” Plus, digital bibles and sex trilogies are only as heavy as your Kindle Fire, he says.

Indeed, writers say it makes sense that erotica bestsellers like “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James and religious ones like “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo are achieving similar success in the e-book market. Besides death, there are two experiences universal in the human condition: sex and faith, says Patchen Barrs, author of The Erotic Engine. In fact, he says the two genres have long been strange bedfellows. As far back as the 14th Century households had to be wealthy to afford a single book, he says: “Often that manuscript was a prayer book with erotic pictures in the margins. They served both body and soul.”

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That said, in 2012 many cash-strapped consumers who cut back on their spending in the last year are genuinely searching for a bigger meaning in their lives, religious publishers say. “People are looking for something to help them make sense of what is happening in the world, something that will give them assurance, peace, connectedness and hope,” says Catherine Lawton, publisher and editor of Cladach Publishing in Greeley, Col. Many Americans realize their pre-recession spending was unfulfilling, and are increasingly worried about the uncertain economic outlook.

The category has also been helped by a slew of Christian blockbusters, which sold solid numbers throughout the 1990s and early 2000s and have now found a second life in digital form, says Lynne Garrett, senior religion editor at Publisher’s Weekly. This has also helped encourage more booksellers of religious and spiritual titles, she says. Bestsellers like “Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, not Food” by Lysa TerKeurst and “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young have sold millions in paperback and are available on Amazon’s Kindle.


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    • oh Christie, I didn’t know things were that hard. maybe that is why I like you so Brice is also that child. so uhanppy and explosive. tantrums would go on for hours. i remember crying myself to sleep, knowing I had to get up and do it all over. i dreaded sending him anywhere. it is getting better, but i think both of us are still healing. we actually decided not to have a third because of all the struggles with him. i just couldn’t risk having another child like him (though I do love him so, and feel particularly bonded with him maybe b/c of all the struggles). i used to look at other women and yearn for the peace they seemed to have with their children. but maybe those temperments produce greatness? i think so.I was looking at my bookshelf the other day: your explosive child; the defiant child; the strong-willed child (worthless imho); the spirited child. it’s nice to know you’re not alone that’s what I got from those books. how do people raise kids like ours without God and good husbands?

    • I wrote a book on both subjects and it is free. You can check it out on the scribd site: Teenagers Say the Darndest Things by Irwin Daguru

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