Market Intelligence Report: Netherlands and Japan
Representatives from Jongbloed and Word of Life Press will join us via video to give an overview of trends and updates on the publishing markets in The Netherlands and Japan.
Paul is responsible for Het Boek (Biblica) Bible publications and all titles published under the publishing name Ark Media. Since January 2018 Ark Media Is an integral part of Royal Jongboed in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. Ark Media publishes Christian books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction. They publish for the Dutch language area consisting of the Netherlands, the Flemish part of Belgium, Surinam and the Dutch Antilles. Ark Media is well-known for Children’s Bibles and Bible story books. Often they cooperate with foreign publishing partners in the production of international co-editions. For adults they have books on Christian Living, Bible Study, calendars, diaries, devotional books and novels. They are also well-known for their gift book and greeting card program (Morgensterkaarten). As a Publisher, Paul keeps in touch with (inter)national partners by visiting book fairs.
Mr. Iwamoto started working for Word of Life Press Ministries in 1983 right after graduating from college. He started his first role as a business manager, going around various churches to share about WLPM, and then he became Vice President in 2012, and then became President of Word of Life Press in June, 2017. Word of Life Press Ministries (WLPM) began in 1950 as a literature evangelism committee of missionaries of The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). In 2017 Sninichi Iwamoto succeeded Mr. Tago as president. WLPM has grown into Japan’s largest Christian publishing, retailing, and distributing enterprise with a staff of 100 Japanese evangelical Christians from 30 denominations. It includes ministries that publish Bibles, books, music, CDs, DVDs, computer software, Christian magazines, tracts, gifts, cards, and a weekly newspaper. Over 700 titles are in print at any one time and 60-80 new titles a year are published.