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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: …

John Ingram, November 2016
Making Transformation Happen … For All of Us »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2016 by John Ingram, Chairman, Ingram Content Group Editor’s Note: John Ingram, chairman of Ingram Content Group and the company he’s led over the past 20-plus years, was recently honored by Book Industry Study Group (BISG) with its award of excellence. Below is his acceptance speech, reprinted here with permission. “It’s an honor to …

Jeff Palicki, April 2015
Selling to the National Book Wholesalers »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2015 by Jeff Palicki, sales director, IPG “Why don’t the bookstores always just order from us?” That’s a question independent publishers often ask when they’re starting out. The answer, in brief, is that national wholesalers such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor stock almost every title, which means that a bookstore can order …

Linda Carlson, June 2014
POD Problem-Solving: Part 2 »

When I emailed IBPA members to ask about experiences with print-on-demand, and posted a similar query on industry LinkedIn sites, hundreds of you responded—with recommendations that make sense for all of us, whether we’re new to POD or new to all of publishing. Last month, the first part of this series discussed pre-press options and …

Linda Carlson, May 2014
POD Problem-Solving: Part 1 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, where she has just published Advertising with Small Budgets for Big Results using print-on-demand, and where she is at work on Part 2 of “POD Problem-Solving.” INTRODUCTION: When I emailed IBPA members to ask about experiences with print-on-demand and posted a similar query on selected LinkedIn …

Lee Foster, May 2013
Illustrated Books: A Three-Element Experiment »

PUBLISHED MAY 2013 by Lee Foster, Author, An Author’s Perspective on Independent Publishing — As the publishing of illustrated titles continues to evolve, I have been asking some questions about my world of travel books: Should we continue to include photos in print-on-paper book products? Should we shift photos to e-book versions? Should we present …

Curt Matthews, Chicago Review Press/IPG, September 1996
Ingram Returns – Why Do They Happen? »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 1996 by Curt Matthews, Chicago Review Press In last month’s newsletter, I complained about the propensity of small presses to complain about irritating aspects of the book business that can not be changed. This time I want to take a hard look at what may well be the leading subject of such complaints: …

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