Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Joint Seagull Deseret Book Press Release

Seagull Book Issues Statement About its Relationship with Deseret Book

American Fork, Utah – July 19, 2006 – Seagull Book today issued the following statement about its relationship with Deseret Book:

“Seagull Book and Deseret Book have begun discussions to explore options for addressing the differences that have existed between our two companies,” said Jon Kofford, executive vice president of Seagull Book. “In the meantime, Deseret Book has extended Seagull Book’s ability to purchase Deseret Book products through the end of August 2006.”

No additional details about the relationship between Seagull Book and Deseret Book will be forthcoming at this time.

About Seagull Book
Seagull Book & Tape, Inc. ( was founded in 1987 by V. Lewis Kofford as a new distribution source for books and media targeting members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), as well as for products from Covenant Communications, Inc. — a sister company owned by Kofford. The first Seagull Book store was located at 1720 S. Redwood Road, a store that is still in operation and is the largest retail outlet for Seagull Book with approximately 6,000 square feet of retail space. Seagull Book provides great service and discounted prices to consumers of LDS books and media.

About Deseret Book
Deseret Book Company, founded in 1866, is a leader in the publishing, distribution and retailing of religious books, music and other products serving members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Deseret Book is committed to providing quality products that build faith, strengthen personal values, and offer practical advice to religious and non-religious alike. It now operates 43 full-line bookstores in the western half of the U.S., plus its Mormon Handicraft retail store. For more information about Deseret Book Company, visit


At 7/20/2006 10:38 AM, Blogger Matthew Buckley said...

And this out of the Daily Herald from this morning.

At 7/20/2006 11:54 AM, Blogger FHL said...

I saw something in the paper that said they'd be extending the deadline to Seagull to 08/31.

(I guess that's probably in your link.)

At 7/20/2006 12:27 PM, Blogger annegb said...

Personally, I think Deseret Book is one of the biggest reasons that LDS fiction lacks punch. They edit all the punch out of it before they publish it.

I think they are way too conservative. I know they promote excellence and I appreciate them. But they do not promote excellence in fiction.

At 7/20/2006 2:05 PM, Blogger RobisonWells said...

I guess that depends on your definition of excellence. Yes, I agree that LDS publishers are often a little too conservative (I once had to remove the word 'hell' from a sentence that was quoting scripture!)

But, on the other hand, conservatism does not have anything to do with lack of excellence. Was Dickens edgy? Was Jane Austen? Elitist literati these days seem to think that unless a book delves into graphic darkness, it can't be good.

At 12/29/2006 2:32 AM, Blogger Kent Larsen said...

Well, this issue has been resolved!

Turns out that Deseret Book's threat essentially forced Seagull Book to give up. Lew Kofford has sold Seagull Books and Covenant Communications to Deseret Book as of 5 pm, December 28th.

This is a BAD thing. See my post on Motley Vision for why.


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