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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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