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Angela Bole, March/April 2019
Director’s Desk: Understanding IBPA’s Position on Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Why we signed an appeal against the new software system that takes advantage of authors. On Feb. 13, 2019, IBPA joined 37 other book industry associations on an open appeal to readers and librarians from the victims of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). View …

Connie Harbison, January/February 2019
Updates to the BISAC Subject Headings »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Connie Harbison, Director of Quality Assurance at Baker & Taylor and Chairman of the BISAC Subject Comittee — The 2018 edition brings 210 new headings, 90 literal changes, one reactivation, and eight inactivations. Near the end of every year, while many are looking forward to cooler weather and changing leaves, the …

Shannon Okey, September/October 2018
Distribution Is About Finding Your Tribe »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Shannon Okey, Founder, Cooperative Press — In this article, the founder of Cooperative Press shows you how to get your book in front of the right people. Distribution has probably been the most frequently mentioned problem raised by members during my last four years on the IBPA Board of Directors. Finding …

Deb Vanasse, September/October 2018
Ready for Distribution? »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — For many indie publishers, full-service distribution is attractive. But to benefit from it, you need a growing platform, a commitment to marketing, and sufficient cash flow. “If only we had better distribution.” Among new and emerging publishers, it’s a common lament. Without full-service distribution, …

Ian Lamont, May/June 2018
Board Member’s Memo: How to Use Amazon Advantage to Sell Books »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Ian Lamont, Founder, i30 Media — Can Amazon Advantage give you a competitive advantage? IBPA Board Member Ian Lamont walks you through the pros and cons. Last year, I wrote an article for IBPA Independent about Amazon Marketing Services. It got a huge response—people were clearly interested in learning more about this …

Kelly Peterson, November 2017
INscribe Digital Believes Automation and Transparency Are Vital to Distribution »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 by Kelly Peterson, Director of Client Services, INscribe Digital — The turn of the 20th century was all about industrialization: locomotives, factory lines, and, eventually, automobiles. There was a reason they called it a revolution: It reshaped the world. Now that we’re ensconced in the 21st century, we’ve moved to everyday micro-automations. …

L.M. Browning, November 2017
Board Member’s Memo: A Few Things to Consider about Book Distribution »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2017 by L.M. Browning, Founder, Homebound Publications & IBPA Board Member — As a publisher who routinely gives talks on the industry, I often find myself being asked the same questions by other publishers and authors alike: What is traditional distribution, and why is it important? The importance of traditional distribution is two-fold: …

Victoria Sutherland, August 2017
Foreign Rights: What You Can Expect from International Trade Shows »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Victoria Sutherland, Publisher, Foreword Reviews magazine — Watch Joshua Robertson’s video recap of this article! Now that the domestic trade show season is behind us, our thoughts turn to the international marketplace and how to best utilize our presence at book fairs from late summer 2017 to late spring 2018—Beijing, Frankfurt, Shanghai, …

Jim Azevedo, May 2017
The Ins and Outs of e-Book Distribution »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 by Jim Azevedo, Marketing Director, Smashwords In this article, IBPA discusses e-book distribution with Jim Azevedo, marketing director at the world’s largest distributor of indie e-books, Smashwords. QUESTION: In what ways does e-book distribution differ from the distribution of print titles? To what extent, if any, does e-book distribution include a sales …

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 …

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