Article Category - "Distribution"


Independent Articles
Linda Carlson, May 2013
21st-Century Physical Book Distribution: Part 1 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, Washington. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. Book manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers—with vertical integration, digital format, and print-on-demand, the distinctions among those intermediaries blur. In today’s constantly changing publishing industry, it seems as if few companies are sticking to their traditional roles in the manufacturing and …

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 …

Angela Bole, March 2013
Using BISAC Subject Headings »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2013 by Angela Bole, Deputy Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group — Publishers need to be able to assign the correct BISAC Subject Heading (or more than one heading) to each book because organizations across the publishing supply chain use BISAC headings to determine where books are shelved in bricks-and-mortar stores and what …

Renée Register & Thad McIlroy, February 2013
Metadata Musts »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2013 by Renée Register and Thad McIlroy Today’s independent publishers have two big reasons for getting metadata right and distributing it early in the publishing cycle. For one thing, full and accurate metadata is essential for e-commerce; without it, a book is much less likely to be found, to create a buzz, and …

Nanci L. Danison, October 2012
Legal Pitfalls of Distribution and Fulfillment Contracts »

Whether you have used a distributor or fulfillment house for years, or are newly exploring the possibility, as a publisher you should be aware of legal and financial pitfalls lurking inside these contracts. The terms of a distribution or fulfillment agreement should be spelled out in detail in a written contract and signed by both …

Andre Breedt and David Walter, April 2012
The Link Between Metadata and Sales »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2012 by Andre Breedt and David Walter, Nielsen BookScan — Perhaps more than any other industry the book trade is reliant on sharing product data in order to function efficiently. With the massive variety of products available the ISBN has been central to the industry for generations, and attaching accurate and appropriate information …

W. Paul Coates, February 1997
The Challenge of Publishing On Demand »

Last year, Black Classic Press took a giant leap of faith. We acquired an On Demand Publishing system and began shifting our production methods in order to take advantage of supposed lower inventory costs, less waste, and more specialized production of our books. A little background. Black Classic Press was founded in 1978 with the …

Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D, January 1997
Apples and Oranges: An Analysis and Comparison of Distribution Agreements »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 1997 by Ivan Hoffman, Publishing Attorney — I’ve had an opportunity to review the contracts of a number of the important distributors of books in the United States. Each contract contains many similarities and some important differences. The independent publisher is well-advised to review the agreement presented with great care for there are …

Howard W. Fisher, Fisher Books, November 1996
How Distributors Can Get Wrung Out & Hung Out to Dry »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 1996 by Howard W. Fisher currently, Partner, Fisher Books Several years ago I joined a distributor, and over the course of 18 months, I learned firsthand what can go wrong in an exclusive publisher distribution business from the distributor’s point of view. The intent of this article is to provide a look over …

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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