Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Book Hot in Utah is Cold in Alberta
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA -- The LDS book on intimacy that gained
international attention for its strong sales after an Associated Press
article featured it isn't selling well at all in Canada. An article in the
Edmonton Sun says that the book is "a great unknown here."
Reports from Utah say that the book has sold through two printings and is
now in a third. They claim that in some Utah stores the book has actually
outsold LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's "Standing for Something."
But Canadian Mormons either haven't heard of the title or aren't as
interested. LDS Bishop David Patterson of Riverbend is one of those not
interested in the title. "I would never recommend a book other than the
Scriptures to any of my congregation," he says.
Mainstream bookstores in Edmonton say they don't have any reason to stock
the book, "We haven't had anyone ask for it, and we don't have it in stock,"
said Christine Whelan of Chapters in Edmonton. But an LDS Bookstore in
Edmonton, Generations, does stock the title.
The Sun also contacted LDS missionary Elder Matt Pinnell about the title,
asking if he would read it. But Pinnell said, "I haven't heard of the book,
but I don't think I would have time to read it anyway. I work nine to nine
every day as a missionary. Maybe when I get married I'll read it in a couple
While the Sun implies that Canadian members aren't interested in the book,
there may be other reasons that the book isn't selling there. Outside of
Utah, LDS Church members have a difficult time hearing about and getting
recommendations of LDS products, which are generally only available through
the few, scattered LDS bookstores.
The Sun may also be right, since most LDS books are written for a Wasatch
Front audience, and Edmonton LDS Church members may have different reactions
to this book.
Sex manual sales cold
Edmonton Alberta Canada Sun 16Aug00 A4
By Scott Pattison: Edmonton Sun