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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. 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).
Casemate Group, 1950 Lawrence Road, Havertown PA 19083; 610-853-9131; Orders Fax: 610-853-9146. Web: http://www.casematepublishers.com. New Clients: Jane Graf, Director; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. PR: Tara Lichterman; Email: email@example.com.
Founded in 2001, the Casemate Group is made up of Casemate Publishers, Oxbow Books, Casemate Academic, Casemate Athena and Casemate Art. In the United Kingdom, Casemate-UK was set up in 2007 and in late 2011 Casemate acquired Oxford UK- based Oxbow Books and Oxbow’s US subsidiary The David Brown Book Company (since renamed Casemate Academic).
Casemate Academic: Jim Drenning. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This North American arm of the Casemate Group 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.
Casemate IPM: Jane Graf, Director. Email: email@example.com.
Formed by the acquisition of the 20 year-old International Publishers Marketing in January 2015, Casemate IPM is the North American trade distribution arm of the Casemate Group. Casemate IPM offers complete sales, marketing & distribution for international publishers wanting access to North American markets. Distributed clients include Penguin Random House South Africa, Allison & Busby, Classics Illustrated Comics, Grub Street Cookery, Liberties Press, Choc Lit, Tilde Publishing, among others.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.cbsd.com. Jennifer Swihart, Marketing Manager. Now owned by Ingram Publishers Services (April 2016).
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.
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, Avatar Press, ComicsOne, Toyspress, SQP, and IDW Publishing.
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 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.”
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 (with 150 trade, gift, and education commissioned sales representatives). In spring 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.
Itasca Books, Mark Jung, 5120 Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis MN 55416; 952-345-4488; 800-901-3480; Fax: 952-920-0541. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://publisher.itascabooks.com. Offers publishers retail book and ebook distribution to wholesalers and bookstores as well as fulfillment to individual customers.
Clients include Amber Skye Publishing, American Life Publishers, Atticus Books, Augusta Wind Press, Barbara de la Cuesta, BlueRoad Press, Bob Showers Books, BooktiMookti, Bunim and Bannigan Ltd, Cadimage Limited, Carefree Capital, Choose Your Words, Cinemagine, Columbia College, Course of Love Publications, Crickhollow Books, Cubana Books, Deadline Demon Publishing,
Ductilibility, Eagle Learning Center, and many others.
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: email@example.com. Chris Bell, Director of Sales; 734-743-1737. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. For more information on hooking up with NBN, go to their website at: http://www.nbnbooks.com/prospective.
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.
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.
New Leaf Distribution Services, 401 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs GA 30122-1557; 770-948-7845; 800-326-2665; Fax: 770-944-2313. Email: email@example.com. 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 Book Distribution, Amy Collins, President, 20 Office Park Way #126, Pittsford NY 14534; 518-261-1300, ext. 301; Fax: 518-633-1211. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.newshelvesdistribution.com. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newshelvesbooks. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/newshelvesdistribution. They will present your book to the buyers at major bookstore chains, wholesalers, and the top independents as well as to libraries (school, public, and university). They do not sell by catalog. They sell by individual sales kits for each book.
Partners Book Distributing, Michigan. closed April 2016.
Perseus Distribution Services, 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. Sold to Ingram Publisher Services in April 2016.
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, New Product Acquisitions, 1700 Fourth Street, Berkeley CA 94710; 510-528-1444; 800-788-3123; Fax: 510-528-3444. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.publishersgroupwest.com or http://www.pgw.com. Sean Shoemaker, President. The distribution contracts for many companies were bought up by Perseus listed above, which is now owned by Ingram Publisher Services (as of April 2016).
SCB Distributors, Aaron Silverman, Director, 15608 S New Century Drive, Gardena CA 90248; 310-532-9400; 800-729-6423; Fax: 310-532-7001. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com. 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, Bristol TN Web: http://www.stl-distribution.com. Now in receivership as of spring 2016.
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