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									24   Canadian Mennonite April 19, 2010




                                Artbeat       to be. “We were hoping for a break-even          Herald Press book titles are now available
                                              year, but we didn’t quite make it,” he said.     by print on demand. A number of books

 MPN struggling                                  MPN experienced a shortfall of ap-
                                              proximately $149,000, about 5 percent of
                                              it budget. That shortfall will temporarily be
                                                                                               are being converted to files for Amazon’s
                                                                                               Kindle e-book reader. Also, MPN has a
                                                                                               growing list of downloadable items, some
 to publish in                                covered by a line of credit until marketing
                                              initiatives and expense reductions in the
                                                                                               for a fee and some free, on its own website
                                                                                               (www.mpn.net/downloads).

 a digital age                                current fiscal year generate enough rev-
                                              enue to compensate for last year’s loss.
                                                 Rempel noted the importance of running
                                                                                                  Remp el praise d the MC C anada
                                                                                               Resource Centre for coordinating vol-
                                                                                               unteer resource advocates who promote
 By Deb or ah Froese
                                              a sustainable operation to prevent financial     MPN materials in congregations across the
 Mennonite Church Canada Release
                                              liability that would eventually fall into the    country. At the same time, he recognized
 WINNIPeg
                                              lap of the partnering denominations. In          that resource centre loans of MPN titles

 F   or Mennonite Publishing Network addition, the recent Yutzy Report com-
     (MPN), the ministry of publishing is missioned by MC U.S.A. recommended
 growing ever more complex.                   that MPN re-examine all of its activities
                                                                                               may compromise MPN sales. The degree
                                                                                               of impact, if any, is unknown.
                                                                                                  At the area church level in both Canada
   The mission for the publisher of required by, but not directly funded by,                   and the U.S., staffing for Christian educa-
 Mennonite Church Canada and MC the denominations. The study by consult-                       tion is decreasing, thus changing the mod-
 U.S.A. remains the same: providing ma- ant LaVern Yutzy is a sweeping review of               el of such partnerships with MPN. “Now
 terials to equip the church to experience denomination-wide operations and agen-              MPN has to produce the material, promote
 and share the gospel of Jesus Christ from an cies in MC U.S.A.                                it and educate those who use it,” he said,
 Anabaptist perspective. But coping with the     “We want to build a business that can sup-    adding, “I don’t think we can go back to
 impact of the Internet and readily available port itself prim
								
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