Sir,--1 think it is agreed on all sides, including the clergy, that the "Small Catholic Bookshop" is doing a great work in bringing the Faith before the non-catholic public. of whom very many are e'er regular customers. Many of these people are prepared to discuss problems of religious belief with our stalls, when they would not think of discussing them with any clergy. If only our own Catholic people would, in the majority, instead of in the minority. give eirs the same amount of support, we should have little cause for complaint.
With regard to the publisherbooksellers and their mail order services, surely it would be to their ultimate benefit if they would give a little more encouragement to the "Small Bookshops," and who knows the time may come when a "Catholic Bookshop" can be started in most large Towns by people who are prepared to trade alongside other booksellers, and at the same time ask for, and rightly expect to get. the full support of his fellow Catholics
I do agree that the high price of Books is a reason for non-purchase, as experience has proved when cheapr reprints have been on the market
A propos cheaper editions.. we are urged to get back to the Bible, and reaa the best literature of ell, but our publishers cannot produce a Bible to sell at less than 21/-, and yet many other Publishers can Publish the "Authorised Version" at 7/6 and even less ? Is it too much to ask for a cheap "Douay". and so to put the Bible in the way of even the children ?
T. Mourhouse, Manager. Universal Bookshop, 31 Sunbridge Road Bradford I.