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A wholesaler isn't necessarily a distributor, but a distributor could be a wholesaler. Questions? We have your answers below.

Below is a list of distributors and wholesalers that might be helpful to independent publishers. This is not an exhaustive list, nor is it an endorsement of any one distributor or wholesaler over another. If you have any corrections or additions for this list, please contact Caitlin Walker at caitlin@ibpa-online.org or 310-546-1818.

So, what's the difference between a distributor and a wholesaler?

Distributor:

  • Exclusive agreement – becomes the only vendor to provide your book to the book trade
  • Acts as the official vendor on behalf of the publisher
  • Works on the publisher level
  • Bills customers, ships orders so that publisher doesn’t have to
  • Has sales force; can actively find sales opportunities for books

Wholesaler:

  • Nonexclusive agreement – can sell to other wholesalers and retailers directly
  • Acts as a consolidator on behalf of the customer
  • Works on the customer level
  • Bills customers, ships orders so that publisher doesn’t have to
  • No sales efforts; primarily lists and stores books

General Resources:


List of wholesalers and distributors

A&B DISTRIBUTORS
1000 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 718-783-7808

Wholesaler specializing Afro-American books, tapes and gifts.


AMERICAN WEST BOOKS (AWB)
Josh Mettee
1254 Commerce Way
Sanger, CA 96357
Phone: 559-876-2170
Email: jmettee@AmericanWestBooks.com
Web Site: www.AmericanWestBooks.com

American West Books is a wholesaler that specializes in selling regional and niche titles nationally. Our customers include the wholesale clubs, the book chains, online bookstores and museums/gift shops.


AMHERST MEDIA
Craig Alesse
155 Rano Street #200
Buffalo, NY 14207
Phone: 716-874-4450
Web Site: www.amherstmedia.com

Distributor/publisher of photography, video, imaging and astronomy books and videos to specialty retailers.


ASSOCIATED PUBLISHERS GROUP
Sandra Swift
1501 County Hospital Road
Nashville, TN 37218
Phone: 615-254-2450 or 800-327-5113
Email: sswift@apgbooks.com
Web Site: www.apgbooks.com

APG Sales and Fulfillment (APG) is a full service warehousing, sales, and fulfillment provider for marketing, manufacturers , wholesalers, retailers, and publishers of books and periodicals.


ATLASBOOKS (BOOKMASTERS)
Kristen Steele
30 Amberwood Parkway
Ashland, OH 44805
Phone: 800-537-6727
Web Site: www.bookmasters.com

Offers complete distribution and sales, as well as offset printing, short-run digital printing, POD (print on demand), warehousing, fulfillment, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design services. Proud to be a strategic partner of Baker & Taylor.


BAKER & TAYLOR
Lisa Vira, Manager Publisher Relations
1120 US Highway 22 East
P.O. Box 6885
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: 800-775-1800
Email: lisa.vira@baker-taylor.com
Web Site: www.baker-taylor.com

Baker & Taylor is a leading distributor of books, videos, and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers. We have more than 36,000 customers in more than 120 countries.


BCH FULFILLMENT & DISTRIBUTION
Diane Musto
33 Oakland Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
Phone: 914-835-0015
Email: bookch@aol.com
Web Site: www.bookch.com

BCH is a Distributor, Fulfillment and Warehousing service for Independent publishers of all genres. We are an Approved Distributor for Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. We offer a wide variety of services to fit every need.


BOOK WHOLESALERS INC.
Jennifer Hayes
1847 Mercer Road
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: 800-888-4478
Web Site: www.bwibooks.com

Wholesaler of children's/young adult books, audio and video to libraries.


BOOKEXPRESS (a division of RAINCOAST BOOK DISTRIBUTION)
Allan MacDougall
9050 Shaughnessy St.
Vancouver, BC, V6P 6E5, Canada
Phone: 604-323-7100

Canadian wholesaler.


BULK BOOKS
109 International Drive, Suite 300
Franklin, TN 36067
Phone: 877-345-9996
Email: cs@bulkbooks.com
Web Site: www.bulkbooks.com

Bulk Books is a distributor of books from all major American publishers.


CARDINAL PUBLISHERS GROUP
Tom Doherty
2402 N. Shadeland Ave., Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: 317-352-8200
Email: tdoherty@cardinalpub.com
Web Site: www.cardinalpub.com

National Distribution Company offering full service, distribution to small and mid-sized non-fiction book and video publishers.


THE CASEMATE GROUP
1950 Lawrence Road
Havertown, PA 19083
Phone: 610-853-9131
Email: casemate@casematepublishers.com
Web Site: www.casemategroup.com

Leading independent specialist publisher and distributor, for both trade and academic publishers, providing global sales, marketing print, digital and publishing amenities.


CONSORTIUM BOOK SALES
1045 Westgate Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 612-221-9035 or 800-283-3572
Web Site: www.cbsd.com

A distributor of over 82 independent publishers from the U.S., Canada, Europe, India and Australia.


CROMLAND
1995 Highland Ave, Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Phone: 610-997-3000
Email: info@cromland.com
Web Site: www.cromland.com

Wholesaler specializing in the distribution of computer and technology books from every major publisher.


THE COOKBOOK MARKETPLACE
2451 Atrium Way
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: 800-358-0560
Email: customerservice@frfbooks.com
Web Site: www.frpbooks.com

The Cookbook Marketplace, a national distributor, has an impressive assortment of over 300 cookbooks from all regions of the country, many of which are award-winning titles. The majority of the cookbooks included have been created by nonprofit organizations as fund-raising and public relations tools.


DEVORSS & COMPANY
Gary R. Peattie
1046 Princeton Dr.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: 310-822-8940
Email: gpeattie@devorss.com
Web Site: www.devorss.com

Distributor/wholesaler of spiritual, self-help books.


GEM GUIDES BOOK CO.
Kathy Mayerski
315 Cloverleaf Dr., Suite F
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Phone: 626-855-1611
Email: gembooks@aol.com
Web Site: www.gemguidesbooks.com

Distributor and Publisher of local interest non-fiction and guides for the West/SW and specialty topics related to earth sciences and New Age to chains, independents and specialty stores.


GREENLEAF BOOK GROUP
PO Box 91869
Austin, TX 78709
Phone: 512-891-6100
Email: submissions@greenleafbookgroup.com
Web Site: www.greenleafbookgroup.com

Greenleaf Book Group provides distribution, marketing, and sales of books by independent publishers to booksellers, libraries, airports, specialty stores and international accounts.


HERVEY'S BOOKLINK
Melinda Grubbauer
553 Constitution Ave.
Camarillo, CA, 93012-8510
Phone: 800-843-5742
Email: mgrubbauer@devorss.com

Regional wholesaler of cookbooks to the major bookstore chains.


INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS GROUP (IPG)
Joe Matthews
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-337-0747
Web Site: www.ipgbook.com

Full-service distributor marketing independent press titles to the book trade.


INGRAM CONTENT GROUP
One Ingram Blvd.
LaVergne, TN 37086
Phone: 615-793.5000 or 800-937.8000
Web Site: www.ingramcontent.com

Ingram Content Group got its start in 1964 as a textbook depository and has since grown and transformed into a comprehensive publishing industry services company that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing.


LEGATO PUBLISHERS GROUP (a division of INGRAM CONTENT GROUP)
814 William St.
River Forest, IL 60305
Phone: 312-316-9618
Email: Mark.Suchomel@perseusbooks.com
Web Site: www.legatopublishersgroup.com

Full service provider of world-wide sales and distribution services to the book trade, gift stores, and elsewhere, for print and electronic books.


LISTENUP INDIE PUB
514 Flat Shoals Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: 678-662-5969
Email: diane@listenupaudiobooks.com
Web Site: www.listenupaudiobooks.com

Self-publish audiobooks at Listenupindie.pub and reach millions of listeners through ListenUp Indie Pub's Worldwide Distribution Retail and Library Channels. 


MIDPOINT TRADE BOOKS
Eric Kampmann
27 West 20th Street, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-727-0190
Email: eric@midpointtrade.com
Web Site: www.midpointtrade.com

Trade distribution. Midpoint's home office is in New York City and its distribution center is in Kansas City.


NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK
Jed Lyons, Director
4501 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD, 20706
Phone: 301-459-3366
Web Site: www.nbnbooks.com

Distribution, marketing, and sales of books by independent publishers to booksellers and libraries, specializing in academic & trade titles.


NEW LEAF DISTRIBUTING CO.
401 Thorton Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122-1557
Phone: 770-948-7845
Web Site: www.newleaf-dist.com

Distributing company for New Age books selling primarily to booksellers.


NEW SHELVES
Amy Collin MacGregor
103 Remsen St Ste 1
Cohoes, NY 12047
Phone: 518-391-2300

New Shelves Distribution offers high-quality sales, marketing, warehousing, order processing, and shipping services.


OPEN ROAD DISTRIBUTION (a division of OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA)
Michael Palgon
345 Hudson Street Suite 6C
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-691-0900
Email: mpalgon@openroadmedia.com
Web Site: www.openroadmedia.com/distribution

Open Road Distribution, a division of Open Road Integrated Media, is a complete digitization and distribution service offering small independent publishers an opportunity to leverage their unexploited digital rights quickly and efficiently.


PUBLISHERS GROUP WEST
1700 Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: 800-788-3123
Email: info@pgw.com
Web Site: www.pgw.com

Distribution representation and marketing to the book and gourmet trade representing over 150 independent publishers.


QUALITY BOOKS, INC.
Publisher Relations
1003 West Pine Road
Oregon, IL 61061-9680
Phone: 800-323-4241
Email: publisher.relations@quality-books.com

Distributor of small press, special interest videos, CD-Roms and DVD's to librarians.


RAINCOAST BOOK DISTRIBUTION
Allan MacDougall, Executive VP
9050 Shaughnessy St.
Vancouver, BC, V6P 6E5, Canada
Phone: 604-323-7100

Canadian distributor specialized for West Coast publisher.


SMALL PRESS UNITED (a division of INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS GROUP)
Richard T. Williams
814 N. Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-337-0747
Email: rwilliams@smallpressunited.com
Web Site: www.smallpressunited.com

Small Press United (SPU) provides high quality sales and distribution services to small publishers of print and electronic books. A division of Independent Publishers Group.


SUNBELT PUBLICATIONS
1250 Fayette Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: 619-258-4911; 800-626-6579
Email: info@sunbeltpub.com
Web Site: www.sunbeltpub.com

Distributor specializing in regional interest of Southwest non-fiction, natural history guides, and outdoor/adventure sports.


UNIQUE BOOKS
5010 Kemper Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Phone: 800-533-5446
Email: publisherrelations@uniquebooksinc.com
Web Site: www.uniquebooksinc.com

Unique Books is a library distributor of non-fiction books and DVD's.


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