Article Category - "Distribution"


Independent Articles
Deb Vanasse, January 2017
The Complex World of Distribution Partnerships »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2017 by Deb Vanasse, Founder, Running Fox Books Warehousing, orders, fulfillment, payment, shipping, returns. From a publisher’s perspective, the complex system through which books enter the marketplace can seem daunting. By partnering with a book distributor, independent publishers can gain access to this system and stand to benefit from the advice of industry …

Lynn Rosen, April 2016
IBPA Roundtable: Working with Distributors »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor In this edition of IBPA’s monthly Roundtable, distributors discuss barriers to shelf space, selling e-books, and the perks and challenges of going the distributor route for indie publishers. Enjoy! Cardinal Publishers Group What are some of the biggest challenges facing indie publishers today in terms …

Bryan Heathman, April 2016
The Upside of Audiobook Distribution »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Bryan Heathman, President, Made for Success Publishing Audiobook recording and distribution is a method for publishers to add incremental revenue to each book release. Audios have a quality of immediacy that just can’t be found on the printed page. The audiobook industry is now estimated at $1.47 billion, an increase of …

David Wexler, April 2016
Do Librarians Prefer Print? »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by David Wexler, Executive Vice President, Lerner Publishing Group Five years ago, if asked what percentage of publishers’ sales would come from digital books compared to print books in 2016, what would you have said? Fifty to 80 percent would have seemed a reasonable answer. In 2011, the great recession was still …

Darhiana Téllez, March 2016
Like Father, Like Son »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor Joe Matthews’s path to the CEO seat at Independent Publishers Group, following his father, Curt Matthews’s, retirement this past December, was not without its curve balls. “Successions are always very difficult. I think we did some things right and some things wrong,” Joe says. “I …

Linda Carlson, February 2016
Making Sense of MARC Records »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Linda Carlson, IBPA Independent staff reporter Here is a crash course on Machine-Readable Cataloging records—and why they matter What are MARC records? How important are they in making sales to libraries? How can they be acquired? These are the questions posed by IBPA member Tordis Isselhardt, publisher at Vermont-based Images from …

Mary Rowles, February 2016
How IPG Brings a New Publisher On Board »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Mary Rowles, Publisher Development Manager, Independent Publishers Group When it comes to deciding whether or not to bring on a publisher for distribution and leading its onboarding process, one must dig deep for clues that are not obvious. As the publisher development manager for Independent Publishers Group, I realize it’s critical …

Deb Vanasse, November 2015
Profiting from Reborn Books »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2015 by Deb Vanasse, IBPA Independent staff reporter While some publishers chase hot new titles and breakout authors, others are enjoying substantial success by acquiring and relaunching books that have gone out of print with other companies. Willing and able to take chances, these independent publishers take the long view, growing bestsellers over …

Darcy Pattison, August 2015
Publishing Children’s Books: What Two Years Have Taught Me »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015 by Darcy Pattinson, Writer My first children’s picture book, The River Dragon, was published in 1990 by HarperCollins, and I’ve been involved in the industry since then. But in the last 24 months, I’ve made the switch from traditional publishing to independent publishing. My company, Mims House, now has 20 titles, and …

Richard T. Williams, July 2015
The Evolution of Distribution »

PUBLISHED JULY 2015 by Richard T. Williams, Director, IPG For decades, “self-published” titles were considered second-rate and not worth bringing to the market because nobody exercised editorial control by vetting these titles. This is no longer an unequivocal fact—now the only real distinction to be made is whether or not someone other than the author …

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