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.
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
(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.
Book Distributing, Inc.
Categories include African American, multi-cultural, cookbooks, travel, nature, general, and sports.