Category: Publishing

People of the Book: A Theology of Publishing

People of the Book: A Theology of Publishing

Christians are People of the Book. But the Bible doesn’t actually call us “people of the book.” That phrase isn’t in Scripture. It comes from the Koran. Islam refers to Jews and Christians as people of the book. The Koran says “If only the People of the Book had faith, it would be better for …

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Demystifying Copyediting

Demystifying Copyediting

This summer Ruth Goring, of the University of Chicago Press, came to IVP to lead a copyediting workshop for some of our editorial staff. Ruth used to work in IVP’s editorial department some years ago, and she still does some freelance copyediting for us from time to time. According to our freelancer database, Ruth is …

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Why We Still Need Books by White Men

Why We Still Need Books by White Men

Welcome to the reboot of the “Behind the Books” blog of InterVarsity Press! The blog has a long and storied history but has lain dormant in recent years—until now. We are excited that a new team of voices here at IVP are eager to welcome you behind the scenes of how we do what we …

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Seven Kinds of Reading

Seven Kinds of Reading

The incomparable Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) practiced four distinct kinds of reading: (1) Study, (2) Perusal, (3) Mere reading and (4) Curious reading. But I’ve got an alternate scheme that allows me (like Johnson) to have a baker’s half-dozen books in active readership at any given time.




Junot Díaz on Creating a Reading Public

Junot Díaz on Creating a Reading Public

There are some periodicals that are so good that I fall way behind—because they’re so good I don’t want to skim or skip or unsubscribe. Currently I’m about three years behind with National Geographic, even longer with McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and I don’t even want to think about Books & Culture.




Good Solitary Reading

Good Solitary Reading

‘Tis the season for making introverts uncomfortable, what with so many people and parties and busyness. (I should know. I am one.) If you’re craving some “alone time,” you’re not alone. Here’s a nice passage about what a difference some peace and quiet can make for our reading habits. But first, a moment of word …

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What “Google Suggests” About Books

What “Google Suggests” About Books

You know the nifty feature from Google where they expand what you’re starting to type, sort of like “auto-complete” for your search query? Technically, that’s exactly what Google itself calls it: Autocomplete. (I guess they’re probably not wild about the vernacular “Google Suggests,” with its implication of recommendation or endorsement.) Well, no matter what it’s …

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