View Full Version : Book distributors

10-06-2010, 06:29 AM
I'm not even sure if this is the best place to post this, but I was wondering what the top book distributors are? I've been thinking about opening a book store for a while now, but havent really looked into it in any detail. One of the obvious things I would need to do is hook up with a wholesaler so I can get inventory from them. I'm not sure who the biggest companies are, but i'm pretty sure someone here will.

10-06-2010, 07:24 AM
The main ones are Baker's and Ingram's

10-06-2010, 08:00 AM
Totally agree with ashley

10-06-2010, 07:34 PM
Keep in mind that there is a significant difference between a wholesaler (order fulfillment) and a distributor (order solicitation). Baker & Taylor and Ingram's are primarily wholesalers, not distributors, (although they do have distribution arms). For actual sending-catalogs-and salespeople-to-bookstores, you'll need to look at the likes of IPG (http://www.ipgbook.com/) and Midpoint (http://www.midpointtrade.com/default1.aspx). Note that large publishers like Random House often act as their own distributor (as well as distributor for others).

If you're seriously considering opening a bookstore, I suggest joining the ABA (http://bookweb.org/membership/benefits.html) (or your regional equivalent) to learn the ropes. Provisional membership is available for folks in the planning phase.