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December 5, 2012


While I'm still introducing myself, let me say a word about IVP, the organization I work for. That's short for "InterVarsity Press," and since I don't want you to become confused, a little cheat-sheet of things that IVP does not stand for might be helpful.

"IVP" can sometimes stand for any of the following things -- but not here at Behind the Books!

  • intravenous pyelography
  • interactive video player
  • initial value problems
  • Ingleside Village Pizza (mmm, pizza...)
  • Infinite Variety Productions
  • Indus Valley Partners
  • Illinois Valley Plastics ("just one word")
  • Independent Voter Project
  • Imperial Valley Press

And especially not:

  • Institutional Venture Partners

...whose three-letter Twitter handle, @ivp, not to mention their billions, I covet on a daily basis. (The Lord's not finished with me yet.)

If you don't already know about the real IVP, what I'll often call simply "the Press," I encourage you to check us out. We're connected with the nationwide campus ministry InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and we've been publishing thoughtful Christian books since the late 1940s. Just poke around on our homepage if you want the quickest look at the kind of things we publish.

If you're a sucker for whole books about publishing, though, I recommend our Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength.. It's an unashamedly anecdotal history of the Press written by -- and perhaps (sigh) mostly for -- insiders. But in this case "anecdotal" means "enjoyable." It's a great read for anyone interested in publishing, 20th-century evangelicalism, or both.

In fact, would you like to read it? The first two people who leave a comment asking for one will get a free copy. (But if you're too slow, you can always buy it, you know.)

Speaking of books about authors and publishing, that might become something of a theme here at Behind the Books. For instance, I've got some things to say about Garry Wills's Outside Looking In, for instance, which I'm hoping to write up. Any other books about publishing or authorship you'd particularly recommend to my attention?

Posted by Jon Boyd at December 5, 2012 1:16 PM Bookmark and Share


This is a big book about English language publishing in the 18th Century that I enjoyed

The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish Authors and Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America by Richard Sher (U of Chicago 2010)

And I'll bite and take a copy of the IVP book. You can send it care of the Brandel Library.

Comment by: Matt Ostercamp at December 5, 2012 5:03 PM

Ooh, that is a good one! I must confess I haven't finished it yet, but maybe that's not much to be ashamed of (since it's nearly 900 pages). You're going to encourage me to dig back into it.

And yes, watch for the book! (Though don't you think that Brandel really ought to own its own copy?) ;)

Comment by: Jon at December 5, 2012 7:32 PM

Nice post. My son (Brannon) works at IVP, so I'd love to have a copy of the company history—unless Brannon has an extra. :) Thanks!


Comment by: Donna Ellis Burrell at December 5, 2012 8:51 PM

Thanks for reading, Donna. I think I'll just bug Brannon to get you a copy himself. :) I think you'll find it a helpful orientation as part of the IVP family. So — the giveaway is still open, everyone!

Comment by: Jon at December 6, 2012 6:18 AM

Hoping to be the next to comment in the giveaway!

Comment by: kevin fiske at December 6, 2012 9:07 AM

You sure are, Kevin! Thanks for your interest in the book.

So our giveaway is done this time around, but we'll keep talking about books.

Comment by: Jon at December 6, 2012 9:09 AM

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