CONTACT: Mark Kuyper

President/CEO, ECPA or 480-966-3998

Phoenix, AZ — ECPA announces that Ingram’s Spring Arbor will be the official distributor partner for the 2011 Christian Book Awards.  Spring Arbor’s generous sponsorship includes the distribution of multiple copies of the 222 entries to 72 judges in 12 category groups, starting this month.

“As the industry’s leading distributor, Spring Arbor’s commitment and service to the industry’s leading book award program is greatly valued,” states ECPA CEO and President Mark Kuyper.  “Their efficiency in getting over a thousand books to the right judges is crucial to the success of our program and we are very pleased to offer their expert services as a major component of the Christian Book Award program.”

“At Spring Arbor, we are committed to helping both publishers and retailers in the Christian market build strong businesses and ministries,” said David “Skip” Prichard, President & CEO, Ingram Content Group. “As the category leader of Christian product, we are delighted to be contributing to the great work of the ECPA and look forward to the success of the 2011 Christian Book Awards program.”

The 2011 Christian Book Award finalists will be announced in March.  Six category winners and the 2011 Christian Book of the Year will be presented and announced at the Christian Book Award Dinner on May 2 in Colorado Springs.

About Christian Book Awards

Since 1978, the ECPA Christian Book Awards (formerly known as Gold Medallion) annually recognizes the highest literary quality in Christian books.  After a rigorous judging process, five finalists are selected in six categories (Bibles, Fiction, Children, Inspiration, Bible Reference, NonFiction).  Category winners and the Christian Book of the Year are announced in May.

About Spring Arbor

Empowered by the strength of Ingram Content Group, with the largest selection of books, Bibles, music, videos, Bible accessories, and church supplies ready for immediate shipment, Spring Arbor partners with Christian publishers and retailers to build strong businesses.

About ECPA

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization, comprised of nearly 150 member companies worldwide, representing a combined revenue of nearly $2 billion. Founded in 1974, ECPA is dedicated to serving the Christian publishing industry through equipping its members through cutting-edge technology, meaningful data, dynamic educational opportunity and unprecedented access to markets.