Tuesday, March 02, 2021

An Overview Of The Eye Of The Beholder

Here's a new video in which Lydia McGrew provides an overview of her book that just came out on the historicity of the gospel of John. You can order the book at Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.


  1. Thanks for posting this, Jason! Lydia's latest book sounds very interesting. The gospel of John is one of my favorite books in the Bible.

    A question for Lydia if she comes across this - are you able to make the same amount of money whether someone purchases your book on Amazon, B&N, etc.? Or are you paid a different amount of money depending on where your book is purchased?

    I ask this question publicly because of course it could factor into someone's decision to purchase your book at Amazon or not, which is becoming an increasingly pertinent question now in light of the fact that Amazon has started refusing to sell books with messages they don't like. Ryan Anderson's book When Harry Became Sally is a prime example. By the way, I've heard conservatives like Ben Shapiro say that they do think Amazon has "disappeared" When Harry Became Sally even if it was purchased. More information here. Anyway all this information might be useful for anyone thinking about purchasing books or ebooks at Amazon.

  2. Yes, it makes no difference to me at all. In fact, Barnes & Noble is likely to have it more consistently available. Last year B & N sometimes had TMOM available when Amazon was listing it as "out of stock." The printer is Ingram, which apparently works with my publisher (DeWard) and with both B & N and Amazon. Also, during the weeks just before EoB came out, B & N had it available for pre-order during some days when Amazon didn't, for some reason. So definitely go for it and get it on B & N if preferred. Thanks for asking!

  3. My impression though is that when my publisher does Kindle, it will *just* be Kindle, not Nook. Hence not available electronically through B & N.

  4. Thanks, Lydia! This is great to know. I hope other bookstores like Christian Book will also eventually carry EoB if they don't already.

    A shame about Nook though. :(

    I wonder if DeWard would be willing to sell (say) the epub version of your ebook. If they are willing, then your book could be used across various devices and not dependent on Kindle, Nook, or any other proprietary platform. For example, I think that's what Crossway does with their ebooks. Or at least they used to because I've purchased ebooks from Crossway in the past that were like this.

    However, I assume the major problem from a publisher's perspective is that the epub would have no or limited DRM protection. So the ebook could be easily distributed (and possibly even modified). Like one person could make multiple copies and send these copies around to everyone they know without the publisher or author getting their (deserved) money. Maybe I'm wrong and there are ways to prevent this sort of thing though.

  5. By the way, I don't know a whole lot about the legal issues involved, but in terms of the technology it's pretty easy to strip Kindle ebooks of their DRM. This means one can have a permanent copy of the Kindle ebook they purchased from Amazon. rockingwithhawking @ gmail.