More Booklets Updated and Printed
God’s Holy Day Plan booklet updated and sent to printer
Our updated God’s Holy Day Plan booklet is now at the printer and scheduled to be printed and delivered in June. This new version has more detailed explanations throughout, plus it’s now in full color with photos to better illustrate the meaning and significance of the Holy Days. It also has a new cover, shown here.
This booklet is one of our most important, and the understanding of God’s overall plan as revealed through the Holy Days truly sets apart the Church of God from traditional Christianity. Not counting this current print run, we have printed and distributed 200,000 copies of this booklet—an average of more than 14,000 per year (and more than a thousand per month) over its 14-year history. (Another way to look at it is that we have sent out an average of about 40 copies a day, year in and year out, for the last 14 years.)
This is another step in a several-year project to redesign and update the content of our 33 booklets. As we’re updating the booklets, we’re often including new material while adding photos and printing them in color throughout to make them more attractive and appealing to readers. We’re also printing them on lighter paper, which saves money on postage. We’re actually able to produce more attractive and informative publications at lower cost, which benefits those we are reaching with God’s truth and saves us money at the same time.
This latest booklet isn’t available for download yet due to the number of other urgent projects our media staff is working on, but it should be available in the coming weeks at www.GNmagazine.org/booklets.
Other booklets reprinted due to high demand
At the same time we’re also reprinting our booklets What Happens After Death? (with 305,000 printed and distributed over 13 years, or more than 23,000 per year); Jesus Christ: The Real Story (270,000 printed and distributed over six years, or 45,000 per year); and Marriage and Family: The Missing Dimension (230,000 printed and distributed over four years, or more than 57,000 per year).
These number reveal some important facts for us to consider. Even though it’s been almost 10 years since we started pointing readers to our Web sites and urging them to download booklets there, we continue to receive hundreds of thousands of requests for printed copies every year. Many readers clearly prefer printed versions over downloading or reading them online. We remain committed to meeting those needs.
As an article I read just last night noted, the demise of the printed word has been predicted every time a new form of mass media was introduced. At the turn of the 20th century it was the introduction of motion pictures, from the 1920s forward it was the growing popularity of radio, and from the 1950s forward it was network television (we might add to that the explosion of cable and satellite television channels in the 1980s and 90s).
In each case, as new forms of mass media were introduced and grew popular, the number of magazines and magazine readership actually increased. In like manner, even though the Internet is leading a new information explosion, magazines and printed publications continue to remain highly popular. In 2008 alone, almost 700 new magazines were launched—proving the ongoing need and desire for printed publications.
Booklets managing editor