I love downloading e-books on my tablet to read on trips, but I do not like the
reader associated with the Deseret Book e-books. That needs to be improved. I
can't swipe my finger across the screen to turn a page. I have to bring up
the tools bar and click on the arrow. But - they really are onto
something good here!
If you took every book inside a Deseret Bookstore, excluding, of course, the
scriptures and anything by Hugh Nibley, also Jos. Smith--if you took all of
these book and decided to make soup with them...well then, you would have a very
thin soup. Lots of kitsch, inspirational tomes, but not much of real
substance.If the books, CDs, etc., inside a typical Deseret
Bookstore are representative of the "Mormon mind", then our culture is
in big trouble.
The top of page 4 it mentions the common ownership but not that both are a part
of Deseret Media. They are siblings, not cousins. It was 3/4 of the way through
the article when it should have been in the first few paragraphs.
Conscience -The author DOES mention the connection - top of page 4,
"While Deseret Book (like the Deseret News) is owned by The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, ..."
I'd have enjoyed the story more if the reporter had acknowledged that
Deseret Book is part of the same parent company as the Deseret News. That seems
like a key point. Are their programmers the same programmers who support this
web site?I echo the comments about pricing, but at the same time, small
print runs have to be more expensive. I personally wish the books looked better
inside and the design of the books on the iPad app is very poor. I don't
want to change pages every 30 seconds.
What a blessing to have Sheri Dew, a spiritual and savvy leader be in charge of
such a great asset for the Church and it's missionary and family history
outreach programs to bring Jesus Christ into people's lives, worldwide,
digitally and by books.I remember riding the bus and seeing some of
the changes in how the workers changed their process when she became the CEO.
She sparked a new kind of drive and they were developing new resources to
leverage their products, nationally and especially internationally. The world and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have benefitted
because of this CEO's spirit, knowledge, drive, enthusiasm and just plain
business sense in a world that needed this great book company to further the
light and knowledge to everyone.Thanks to great Church leaders and
the inspired vision of those men and women in how they run a world class book
company when others have failed.
Most people think a digital format should be uber-cheap, but they don't
account for the infrastructure costs in running a website. All those servers
that allow you to connect over the web, etc, cost a lot of money. Sure, they
could give it all away for free, but then they'd have troubles keeping the
website funded. By keeping prices comparable to books, they allow for sensible
expansion of their facilities and can hire technical professionals that keep the
sites secure, accurate, quick, and in good working order.btw,
I've a friend that works with DB, and if you're an expert using ruby,
apparently they're always looking to hire someone with those job skills.
I LOVE DB. If you find a book you want somewhere else, all you have to do is
tell the clerks at DB about the price and location. They have always given it
to me for the competitors price. And while there are people who can afford all
the pricey things there, I'm not one of them. So I browse, enjoy, and go
away feeling way better than before I got there. I still just use the Ensign
for my inspiration, or the computer to run off talks, or borrow and loan. Just
sayin'.... Quit complaining and enjoy what is available.
Sister Dew is a sharp gal, and she has lots of other smart people working with
her. I am confident they have insight and appropriate intentions for the future
of Deseret Book. I have been put off by prices many times too, but those with
fatter budgets for the products offered will pay, and I am glad they can. In the
meantime, I'll shop the thrift store on the Kansas Plains near Sister
Dew's childhood home. Her mom is still in the area, and I'll think
fondly of the geography book story next time I see her.
I miss the Deseret Book Outlet Store on Redwood Road for good deals on books.
Very often I can't afford the high prices at Deseret Book and find myself
looking at Costco for Church titles which offers them at almost half price. Not
all are there, but I have been able to find some and snatch them up! I, too,
have noticed that leaders' talks become small booklets with a more than
expected price tag.
I'd like to encourage Deseret Book to publish more works that are like
Terryl Givens' latest book, "The God Who Weeps." Des Book needs to
more fully take up its role of encouraging LDS thought and theology.
I noticed Nook is not listed on the apps list. For those who use Nook you can
just go search and the books are available, including the free ones offered. :)
Why do Apostles' teachings cost me so much to receive, especially in
This informercial is being passed off as a news article? Propaganda piece.
Deseret Book is 15 years behind cutting edge media. It's not about film,
video, or eBook apps: it's about mobile and social and they are nowhere
near that frontier.
It is difficult for me to go into a Deseret Book and pay the prices requested,
especially when I can get any book for less on Amazon. Even the attempt to
garner more traffic by placing all of the local Distribution Centers within the
store will not save them from the inevitable and unenviable demise of the brick
and mortar stores. Deseret Book was always a niche market and thus, sadly
dispensable. I found it rather egregious that those people who worked in the
Distribution Center were rolled in with those employed by Deseret Book, causing
them to lose their hard-won health insurance, their accrued vacation and sick
time in favor of lower pay, and no health insurance. Yes, people will still want
the feel of paper beneath their fingertips, but if it can be procured at a much
cheaper price point elsewhere, the masses will choose cheaper over longevity of
The Book Shelf app could be vastly improved but at least it's a start. I
like the ebook bundles. I never thought id give up a real, live book but
everything i read now is digital. It's just easier to keep things
organized. I would also like to see some scholarly works by sources other than
the LDS church. Desert Book has a great opportunity to be a leader if they keep
pushing the boundaries.
Thank you for your information about Deseret Bookshelf. I'm new to to
Iphones and application stuff and I think it's so cool that I can have
access to several great church books that come free with signing up, yay!
Looking forward to buying books the ebook way.
Deseret Book has only been around since 1920, the Android Bookshelf app is
horrible, and interactive DVDs were high tech back in the 1990s.What
we really need are some good quality, engaging scholarly books at affordable
prices. Get people interested in reading again instead of just feeding them
videos and pictures before we end up with an illiterate church and society.
I really appreciate Deseret Book! I know I can find a variety of good reads for
members of my family of all ages. And I love that they offer more than just
books. If I were in Utah, I would have been all over the Pass of All Passes deal
offered through Deseret Book. When my spouse and I got married, we purchased
framed copies of the Proclamation to the World on the Family and the RS
Declaration. They hang in our living room today. We have beautiful pictures of
temples in the bedrooms of our children. Our hearts and homes are more
Christlike because of the messages and symbols of our faith that were brought
into our lives through Deseret Book.
They have some fine books, but I often get disgusted with the over-pricing.
Especially on the talks-made-into-mini-books that are purchased to put the
customer's righteousness on their coffee table. If it were not so, there
would be no market; if there were no market, there would be no book. Anyone can
find the talk for free, online or as a mobile version. The book is a "Look
At Me!" purchase.I'm reminded of an exchange in You've
Got Mail: "The, uh, illustrations are hand tipped." 'And
that's why it costs so much?' "No, that's why it's WORTH
so much."What is worthwhile about a book if not experience it
contains? If that experience is provided free, by the speaker/author's
representative organization, what drives the price in the market if not vanity?