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Wholesalers are required if you want to sell your books to outlets such as chain bookstores, libraries, discount stores, etc. Wholesalers normally only warehouse and take orders for your books. They do not have a sales force to help you market your books to outlets but distributors do. Wholesalers charge a fee of 40% to 55% of the retail price of your book. Distributors charge a fee of up to 67% of the retail price of a book for this service.


Ingram Book Company
Public Relations Department
One Ingram Boulevard
LaVergne, TN 37086-3629

Ingram is the largest supplier of books to bookstores and retailers. It has a special program called Ingram Express for publishers who have less than 10 titles.

Go to their website at:
to download the forms and to get more information. Ingram has a multi-cultural representative that works with bookstores.
Baker & Taylor Publisher Services
44 Kirby Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
Attn: Robin Bright
Phone: (908) 218-3803

Baker & Taylor is a major supplier of books, videos, and audio to libraries, schools, and retailers.

Some firms handle both relationships (Exclusive Distributors and Wholesalers) contact each regarding specific criteria requirements. Distributors warehouse books and take orders from bookstores, retailers, libraries, and etc.; in addition, they have their own sales force that markets your book to national bookstores and retail outlets.
Associated Publisher's Group
Phone: (800) 327-5113
Distributes books nationally and has special markets such as the Christian and gift markets.
Publishers Group West
Phone: (510) 658-3453
The largest marketing and distribution company for independent publishers.
BookWorld Services, Inc.
Phone: (813) 758-8094
Wholesalers/distributor for small presses with more than two titles.

Partners/West Book Distributing Inc.
Phone: (800) 563-2385
Wholesaler for large and small presses

Bookazine Phone
Phone: (800)221-8112
(National wholesalers for small presses)

Consortium Book Sales
1045 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: (615) 221-9035
Fax: (615) 221-0124
Categories of interest include fiction, Hispanic, multi-cultural, drama, children, and feminism.

Partners Book Distributing, Inc.
P. O. Box 580
Holt, MI 48842
phone: (800) 336-3137 / (517) 694-3205
fax: (517) 694-0617/2208

Categories include African American, multi-cultural, cookbooks, travel, nature, general, and sports.

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