This vital 96-page mini-guide includes criteria for deciding how you will distribute your books. Also includes detailed information on 30 distributors, 4 library book distributors, 89 book publishers who also distribute for other publishers, 3 sales reps to the major book chains, 27 bookstore wholesalers, 34 library book wholesalers, and 23 Spanish-language wholesalers. Plus a sample book distribution contract. Ebook download, $30.00.
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These are the most up-to-date addresses we have for independent bookstore distributors. If you find that any of these addresses are incorrect or you discover additional information (email, website, toll-free number, etc.), please email the author at JohnKremer@bookmarket.com.
Do your due diligence before signing with any book distributor. Talk to their customers (both publishers and bookstores) to verify they'd be a good company for you to work with.
Also, please alert us to any slow payments or other questionable distributor activity. We will incorporate any changes as soon as possible into these listings. - John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books
Note: Most distributors listed below aren't likely to take on distribution of a single POD (printed-on-demand) book. POD does not lend itself to distribution via distributors, except in the case of backlist books that are being kept in print only via POD. Frontlist books, which are the books that most benefit from distribution by a distributor, need to be produced in sufficient quantity to merit the sales efforts of one of these distributors.
APG Sales & Distribution, Van Hill, President, 7344 Cockrill Bend Boulevard, Nashville TN 37209; 615-254-2450; 800-327-5113; Fax: 800-510-3650. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.apgbooks.com. Direct: 615-254-2402. Representation and distribution. Represents a number of marginal small publishers.
Atlas Books, 30 Amberwood Parkway, Ashland OH 44805; 419-281-5100; 800-537-6727; Fax: 419-989-4047. Web: http://www.atlasbooks.com. Distributes online, via wholesalers, and commissioned sales reps. AtlasBooks is the distribution and marketing arm of the BookMasters Group which represents small to mid-size publishers. Larger publishers will be referred to BookMasters Distribution Services. They bought NBN's Biblio Distribution subsidiary in January 2008. AtlasBooks also took over distribution for clients of BookWorld, a distributor that went out of business in 2007.
Comments: There have been a number of author grumblings about Atlas's fees and services.
Bella Distribution, P O Box 10543, Tallahassee FL 32302-2543; 850-576-2370; 800-533-1973; Fax: 850-576-3498. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.belladistribution.com. Distributes titles for many small publishers, including Book Strokes Books and Spinsters Ink.
BCH Fulfillment & Distribution, Diane Musto, President, 33 Oakland Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528; 914-835-0015; 800-431-1579; Fax: 914-835-0398. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.bookch.com. Founded in 1932, this order fulfillment house started up a distribution service for small publishers (1 to 10 titles) in late 2001. Besides its standard fulfillment services, BCH is now a vendor for Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon and BN.com. BCH offers 24/7 telephone order taking, an on-line catalog, representation at major trade shows, and more. Cost: varies.
BookMasters Distribution Services, 30 Amberwood Parkway, Ashland OH 44805; 419-281-5100; 800-537-6727; Fax: 419-989-4047. Web: http://www.bookmastersdistribution.com. Distributes to national accounts as well as through a commissioned sales team to independent bookstores. A divison of the BookMasters Group, BDS represents larger publishers, referring small to mid-size publishers to the AtlasBooks division.
Books to Market Now Distribution Program, Karen Strauss, Strauss Consultants, 11 Broadway #1020, New York NY 10004; 212-913-9894. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.bookstomarketnow.com. A partnership between Strauss Consultants, the leading book sales/distribution consultant for small publishers and independent authors, and Conscious Media Relations, a leader in Radio Media Tours for the Personal Development marketplace. Offers full publishing programs, book marketing coaching, social marketing, and other services as well.
David Brown Book Company, David Brown, President, 28 Main Street, P O Box 511, Oakville CT 06779; 860-945-9329; 800-791-9354; Fax: 860-945-9468. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.oxbowbooks.com.
Secondary contact: Jim Drenning. Email: email@example.com.
This North American arm of Oxbow Books is a full-service distribution company representing scholarly and specialist publishers from North America, Europe, and the world. “Your one-stop shop for everything on archaeology, prehistory, the classical world, the Middle Ages, Egyptology, Near Eastern studies, and related environmental and heritage topics.”
Distributes for the American School of Classical Studies, American Schools of Oriental Research, University of Exeter Press, British Museum Press, Equinox Publishing, Legenda, and Brepols Publishers, among others.
C&B Books Distribution, Carol Rogers and Brenda Piper, Founders, P O Box 67-1155, 75-25 Parson's Boulevard, Flushing NY 11366; 718-591-4525 or 917-225-3575. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.cbbooksdistribution.com. Besides their website, they also have opened two bookstores in Queens. They distribute books for about 100 self-published black authors. Here is their new publisher information link: http://media.cbsd.com/download/cbsd/AboutConsortiumPamphlet.pdf.
Cardinal Publishers Group, Tom Doherty, President, 2402 N Shadeland Avenue #A, Indianapolis IN 46219; 317-352-8200; 800-296-0481; Fax: 317-352-8202. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.cardinalpub.com.
Distributes for publishers of nonfiction book and video publishers, including Wish Publishing, AFN, Blue River, Body & Breath, CS Publishing, Indytech Publishing, International Image, Viceroy Press, SportsWorkout, Woods 'n Water, Meyer & Meyer Sport, FIT (Fitness Information Technology), and Reedswain. Special focus on sports, fitness, yoga, nature, and alternative health. Also business and education titles. They do distribute some one-book publishers (but no POD authors).
Consortium Book Sales, Julie Schaper, President (Sales, Marketing & Publisher Relations) The Keg House, 34 Thirteenth Avenue NE #101, Minneapolis MN 55413-1007; 612-746-2600; 800-283-3572; Fax: 612-746-2606. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.cbsd.com. Jennifer Swihart, Marketing Manager. Bought by Perseus Book Group in July 2006.
This company distributes 4,000 titles for about 80 literary publishers. Their publisher contract is 14 pages long. Discount: 22 to 26% of net sales plus storage and catalog fees. $12 million in annual sales in 2002; $20 million in 2003.
They distribute for Bitter Lemon Press, Alyson Publications, Coffeehouse Presss, Curbstone, Anvil Press Poetry, Ausabe Press, Bywater Books, The lilaguide, Insomniac Press, Gryphon Press, Five Ties Publishing, Enigma Books, Editions Intervalles, Magenta Foundation, Sagi Books, New Internationalist, and Center for Environmental Structure Publishing.
Comments: Still the best known distributor for literary publishers. They have a strong commitment to such books.
Delphi Distribution, Ron Freund, President, Midpoint National, 1263 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City KS 66103; 866-463-8541. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.delphidistribution.com. Tim Freund, Director of Business Development; 816-914-4697. Email: TFreund@delphidistribution.com.
Besides distribution services, Delphi offers ebook sales and distribution, ebook conversion services, and print-on-demand and offset printing. New service in 2011 (5/11).
Diamond Book Distributors, Kuo-Yu Liang, Director, 1966 Greenspring Drive #300, Timonium MD 21093; 410-560-7100, ext. 380; 800-452-6642; Fax: 410-560-7589. Web: http://www.diamondcomics.com. Roger Fletcher, Vice President of Marketing. Janna Morishima, director, Diamond Kids Group. In business since 1982, this comics distributor now also distributes comics, graphic novels, manga and anime as well as toys and other pop culture product to the book trade.
Client publishers include Antarctic Press, Graphic-sha Publishing, Avatar Press, ComicsOne, Toyspress, SQP, and IDW Publishing.
Distribution Video & Audio, Ryan Kugler, President, 4111 W Alameda Avenue #305, Burbank CA 91505; 818-848-6111; Fax: 818-848-3111. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.dva.com. East Coast Office: Brad Kugler, CEO, 133 Candy Lane, Palm Harbor FL 34683; 727-447-4147; Fax: 727-481-3069. Distributes video and audio as well as a few books. Primarily buys and sells excess inventory of DVDs, audio CDs, books, video games, toys, etc.
Distributes Pelican Publishing, Beacon Press, The Lyons Press, Basic Health Publications, Globe Pequot Press, Walker & Company, XYZ Publishing, Good Books, and others in Canada. Also distributes Canadian and U.K. publishers into the U.S. (800-387-9776; warehousing at WA Book Service in Hauppauge, New York).
Greenleaf Book Group, Justin Branch, P O Box 91869, Austin TX 78709; 512-891-6100; 800-932-5420; Fax: 512-891-6150. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.greenleafbookgroup.com. Clint Greenleaf III, President. Email: email@example.com.
“Greenleaf is a publisher and distributor that specializes in the development of independent authors and the growth of small presses. Our publishing model was designed to support the independent author and to make it possible for writers to retain the rights to their work and still compete with the major publishing houses. In addition to the books we publish, we distribute select titles from small and independent publishers to major trade outlets, including bookstores, libraries, and airport retailers.” Other offices in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; and Boca Raton, Florida.
Heritage Group Distribution, Patrick Helme, President, 19272 96th Avenue #, Surrey BC Canada V4N-4C1; 604-881-7067; 800-665-3301; Fax: 604-881-7068. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.hgdistribution.ca. A leading Canadian book distributor offering a range of titles from publishers such as Heritage House, Rocky Mountain Books, TouchWood Editions, Brindle & Glass, Royal BC Museum, and Frank Amato Publications. Offers full-service sales, marketing, and distribution in Canada.
Independent Publishers Group, Curt Matthews, CEO, 814 N Franklin Avenue, Chicago IL 60610-3109; 312-337-0747, ext. 209; 800-888-4741; Fax: 312-337-1807. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.ipgbook.com. Warehouse: 600 N Pulaski Road, Chicago IL 60624. Founded in 1971, this company distributes for 60 book publishers as well as for 300 publishers in the Publishers Marketing Association distribution program. Discounts: 25 to 30% of net sales. IPG also serves teacher supply stores, museum stores, and garden shops as well as bookstores. They are the largest and fastest growing distributor of independently published computer titles. In the spring of 2001, they created the first full-scale catalog and sales effort for Spanish-language titles.
Contact Carolyn Ramirez for more info. IPG's academic division, Paul & Company Publishers Consortium, sells to professors and academic libraries. In 2005, they bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, a distributor of UK publishers.
Comments: The oldest independent distributor (founded in 1971), IPG is the third largest independent distributor. They must be doing a good job, since many of their publishers have been with them for years.
“IPG does not care how many titles a publisher has, but evaluates publishers on the quality and salability of a publisher's list, and the commitment to receive feedback and promote titles to the end consumer. We are very selective, but once we accept a publisher the level of service is extremely high. We sell to more accounts than any other distributor, attend more trade shows than any other distributor, and give publishers the option of using our exception PR services. Our titles are all over the Bookscan bestseller lists and we can sell a book as well as anyone in the business. We are the third largest distributor and gaining, but could easily be twice our current size if we took on everyone that wanted to work with us.” - Mark Suchomel
Paul & Co. Publishing Consortium, Bob Paul, President, P O Box 442, Concord MA 01742; 978-369-3049; Fax: 978-369-2385. Distributes scholarly and academic books for more than 50 foreign publishers, including Open Gate Press, Curzon Press, Damned Publishing, Bridget Williams Books, Dresden University Press, Peepal Tree Press, Copley Publishing Group, and others.
Ingram Publisher Services, One Ingram Boulevard, P O Box 3006, La Vergne TN 37086-1986; 615-213-5349; 800-937-8100; Fax: 615-213-5597. Email: Publisher@ingrampublisherservices.com. Web: http://www.ingrampublisherservices.com. Mark Ouimet, General Manager. Karen Cross, Vice President of Publisher Relations. This division of Ingram Content Group offers fulfillment and distribution services.
Clients include AMMO Books, Ancestry Publishing, Cool Springs Press, ESRI Press, O'Reilly Media, and Parkstone Press. They prefer contact via email.
Second address: 2250 Sixth Street, Berkeley CA 94710; 510-665-3900; Fax: 510-665-3111.
International Publishers Marketing, Jane Graf, Director, 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Sterling VA 20166; 703-661-1531; Fax: 703-661-1547. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.internationalpubmarket.com. Warehouse in Herndon, Virginia. If you are a publisher and are interested in receiving more information about their distribution and marketing services, contact Jane Graf.
“International Publishers Marketing was founded in January 1995 to provide complete cost-effective, strategic marketing services for publishers who want to build not only sales and profits but name recognition for their publishing program and authors. IPM offers its publishing clients customized marketing and fulfillment - allowing them to outsource these vital operations and lower their personnel and facilities costs.”
Clients include Mercury Learning & Information, George F. Thompson Publishing, Allison & Busby, Choc Lit, Bristol Classical Press, Double Storey, Random House-Struik, NB Publishers, New Africa Books, Briza Publications, Protea Bookhouse, Lux Verbi, The National Archives (UK), ESKA Publishing, Tilde University Press, Carnegie Publishing, Maestro, Musical Times, Garnet Publishing, Gangemi Editore, Clear Books, Benjamin Street, Tapestries, Strokes International, Ford Street and Capital Books.
Kundalini Books, Tyler Parker, Manager, 24 Mabelle Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M9A 4X7 Canada. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.kundalinibooks.com. Online distributor of books direct from India on religion, spirituality, and new age topics. Features an extensive selection from all major publishers in India.
Midpoint Trade Books, Antonio Lorenzo, 27 West 20th Street #1101, New York NY 10011-3707; 212-727-0190; Fax: 212-727-0195. Web: http://www.midpointtrade.com and http://www.midpointbooksnyc.com. Eric Kampmann, President. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris Bell, Director of Sales; 734-743-1737. Email: email@example.com.
This book distributor covers wholesalers, chain stores, mass merchandisers, independents in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. They currently distribute about 250 publishers with $20 million in sales.
Comments: Midpoint works with small and medium size publishers. Because they are not bound by catalogs, they can take on new titles any time of the year.
Distributes Visible Ink Press, Etruscan Press, Formula One Publishing, Cooking for the Rushed, and Ripley's Believe It or Not.
National Book Network, 4501 Forbes Boulevard #200, Lanham MD 20706; 301-459-3366, ext. 5510; Fax: 301-429-5746. Web: http://www.nbnbooks.com. Jed Lyons, President. Neil Levin, Senior Vice President. Marianne Bohr, Senior Vice President. Jeanne Kramer, Vice President of Marketing. For more information on hooking up with NBN, go to their website at: http://www.nbnbooks.com/ProspectivePublisher/Index.shtml. Contact Gene Kramer, director of new business development, at 845-920-8010.
Distributes for 85 publishers. Their contracts vary by publisher, but usually involve a discount close to 25 to 27% of net sales with additional fees for returns, catalogs, and storage. Currently distribute about 3,000 titles. $54 million in sales in 2000; $64 million in 2001; $100 million in sales in 2007. NBN operates its own Docutech print-on-demand facility in its Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania distribution center. NBN publishers will be able to print their books on a demand basis in small quantities with minimums of 20 copies. In 2002, NBN's parent company Rowman & Littlefield bought Plymbridge Distributors of the United Kingdom.
NBN now distributes for 20 children's book publishers (including Tanglewood Press, August House, Kidwick, Two-Can, Rising Moon, NorthWord, Luna Rising, and Cubbie Blue) and publishes a separate children's book catalog. They sold their Biblio Distribution subsidiary to Atlas Books in January 2008.
Comments: NBN is #2 among independent book distributors. I have been continually impressed with the quality of their work, their commitment to their publishers, and the help they give publishers in marketing their books. National Book Network is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Hall of Fame as well as the current distributor for Open Horizons.
NBN Kids, Jeanne Kramer, Vice President, 4501 Forbes Boulevard #200, Lanham MD 20706-4310; 301-459-3366; Fax: 301-429-5746. Web: http://www.nbnbooks.com/NBNkids/index.shtml. A division of NBN that focuses on children's books.
New Leaf Distribution Services, 401 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs GA 30122-1557; 770-948-7845; 800-326-2665; Fax: 770-944-2313. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.newleaf-dist.com. Submission information: http://www.newleafvendors.com. Alim Thompson, president. Founded in 1975, New Leaf is the major national wholesaler of books on new age, metaphysical, self-help, conscious living, wellness, and holistic health titles. Their new distribution service offers distribution for all types of books to the major chains as well as Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
New Shelves Distribution, Amy Collins, Sr Partner, 614 Fifth Avenue, Troy NY 12182; 518-261-1300; Fax: 518-633-1211. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.newshelvesdistribution.com. Offers sales, marketing, and distribution services to book publishers. Opened September 2009. 65+ publishers. Accepts small and micro publishers with strong design and market appeal.
Partners Book Distributing, Sam Spiegel, Vice President, P O Box 580, 2325 Jarco Drive, Holt MI 48842-1209; 517-694-3205; 800-336-3137; Fax: 517-694-0617. This wholesaler is now looking to take on more distribution clients. Discount: 62% of list price with no additional fees. Currently they distribute about 250 titles primarily from single-title publishers. Their wholesale division has just opened a West Coast office and is looking for regional titles.
Comments: This company seems to want to expand their distribution business. They might be a good place for a self-publisher to start looking. But I have had complaints on late payments, high return rates, and ineffective national promotion. You don't want to use them if you have major national publicity plans.
Perseus Distribution Services, Sabrina Bracco, Vice President, Client Services, 387 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10016; 212-340-8131; Fax: 212-340-8115. Warehouse: 193 Edwards Drive, Jackson TN 38301; 800-343-4499; Fax: 800-351-5073. Web: http://www.cdsbooks.com. Formerly known as CDS and now owned by the Perseus Books Group, this company was established in 1999.
Clients include Abbeville Press, Assouline, Bow Tie Press, Brighter Minds, Continental Sales, Design Studio Press, Distributed Arts Publishers, Harvard Business School Press, Planeta, Taschen America, University of Michigan Press, and more than 50 others.
Publishers Distributing Company, 6922 Hollywood Boulevard, 10th Floor, Los Angeles CA 90028-6117; 213-871-1225; Fax: 213-957-9219. An affiliate of Liberation Publications, publisher of gay and lesbian magazines. They distribute a small number of gay and lesbian books for Damron and Bruno Gmunder.
Publishers Group West, R. Anderson, New Product Acquisitions, 1700 Fourth Street, Berkeley CA 94710; 510-528-1444; 800-788-3123; Fax: 510-528-3444. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.publishersgroupwest.com or http://www.pgw.com. The distribution contracts for many companies were bought up by Perseus listed above.
SCB Distributors, Aaron Silverman, Director, 15608 S New Century Drive, Gardena CA 90248; 310-532-9400; 800-729-6423; Fax: 310-532-7001. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.scbdistributors.com. Lance Tilford, Marketing Director. Patrick Hughes, Special Sales Director. This national distributor distributes all sorts of titles (travel, food, humor, erotica, film/cinema, general, etc.) for 90 publishers. $10 million in annual sales.
New Publishers include Accent Press, Adventures Unlimited Press, Asylum Press, Blind Eye Books, Clarity Press, Dokument Press, Flesk Publications, Glorian Publishing, Hohm Press, K Publications, Last Gasp, Nicotext, Power Press, Russell enterprises, and Write Bloody Publishing. They state on their website that they do not encourage submissions from single-title publishers.
Small Press Distribution, Laura Moriarty, Acquisitions Director, 1341 Seventh Street, Berkeley CA 94710-1409; 510-524-1668, ext. 306; 800-869-7553; Fax: 510-542-0852. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.spdbooks.org.
Founded in 1960, SPD wholesales literary fiction, poetry, and cultural studies. They wholesale to bookstores (60%), libraries (20%), and direct to consumers (20%). Their web site has full details on submitting to them. They carry 13,000 titles from 500 independent book publishers. While SPD is primarily a wholesaler, they do act as a distributor for many of their publishers. SPD is the only intentionally non-profit distributor.
STL Distribution Services, Darren Henry, Vice President, Advocate Christian Products, 100 Biblica Way, Elizabethton TN 37643; 423-547-5100; Fax: 800-759-2779. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.stl-distribution.com. Launched in 2000 as FaithWorks, this company provides sales and distribution for about 300 Christian publishers and music labels into the Christian marketplace. Formerly a division of National Book Network, it was bought by Send the Light, a UK publisher, in 2005.
Rita Allan is the book buyer for their wholesale division. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles E Tuttle Publishing, Airport Industrial Park, 364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon VT 05759-9436; 802-773-8930; 800-526-2778; Fax: 802-786-6946. Web: http://www.tuttlepublishing.com. A member of the Periplus Publishing Group, Tuttle is a U.S. distributor of books from foreign publishers.
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