Embracing the future: Deseret Book undergoes transition from frontier bookstore to digital innovator

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  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Dec. 17, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    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!

  • jmason San Diego, CA
    Dec. 15, 2012 8:24 p.m.

    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.

  • Conscience Boise, ID
    Dec. 14, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    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.

  • uteowl Sunnyvale, CA
    Dec. 14, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    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, ..."

  • Conscience Boise, ID
    Dec. 13, 2012 8:04 p.m.

    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.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    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.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 6:00 a.m.

    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.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Dec. 11, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Dec. 11, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    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.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    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.

  • annewandering oakley, idaho
    Dec. 11, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    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. :)

  • Roger Jackson SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    Why do Apostles' teachings cost me so much to receive, especially in digital format?

  • magpielovely Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    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.

  • Heidi Alyssa Boise, ID
    Dec. 11, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    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 a store.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Dec. 11, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    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.

  • Nancy L.V. Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 11, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    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.

  • infoman Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    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.

  • BalancedFulfilledLife MISSOURI CITY, TX
    Dec. 11, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    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.

  • SillyRabbit Layton, 00
    Dec. 11, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    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?