Physical Book/Print Distribution: Publishers

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Physical Book/Print Distribution: Publishers

Key Takeaways

  • AuthorImprints is one of the book publishers helping self-publishing authors distribute books. AuthorImprints uses the expanded distribution method through online retailers like Amazon Seller Central. This is an unconventional print distribution method.
  • PublishDrive helps book authors publish and distribute their books anywhere in the world through its print-on-demand distribution network.
  • Epigraph uses print-on-demand distribution and wholesale distribution methods. Print-on-demand is an unconventional print distribution method, while wholesale distribution is conventional.

Introduction

This research presents examples of book publishers and the print distribution method they utilize. The book publishers include AuthorImprints, IngramSpark, Xlibris, FriesenPress, PublishDrive, and Epigraph Publishing Service. The details are outlined below.

AuthorImprints

  • AuthorImprints is one of the book publishers helping self-publishing authors distribute books.
  • AuthorImprints uses the expanded distribution method through online retailers like Amazon Seller Central. This is an unconventional print distribution method.
  • AuthorImprints also partners with IngramSpark, Ingram Publisher Services, and Amazon KDP Print Expanded Distribution.

IngramSpark

  • IngramSpark is a book publisher with a global book distribution network. It uses the print-on-demand distribution method, which is an unconventional print distribution method.
  • IngramSpark distributes books through its access to more than 40,000 independent bookstores, chain stores, retailers, online stores, e-commerce companies, libraries, and universities.
  • IngramSpark has one of the largest book distribution networks in the world. It has print locations in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia.

Xlibris

  • Xlibris is a book publisher with a global online book distribution network. It uses the expanded distribution method through online retailers, an unconventional distribution method.
  • Xlibris partners with retailers that offer print versions of books on their websites.
  • Its partner retailers and distributors include Amazon, Bowker, and Barnes and Noble.

FriesenPress

  • Friesen Press offers book printing and distribution through its partnership with Ingram book manufacturer and Friesens, the largest independently owned printer in Canada.
  • Friesen Press uses print-on-demand distribution, an unconventional print distribution method.
  • Through its partnership with Ingram, Friesen Press gets to distribute books through a print-on-demand distribution network of more than 50,000 booksellers.

PublishDrive

  • PublishDrive helps book authors publish and distribute their books anywhere in the world through its print-on-demand distribution network. This print-on-demand distribution is an unconventional print distribution method.
  • PublishDrive has a book distribution platform that allows independent book authors to manage their book printing and distribution all in one place.
  • PublishDrive also enables book authors to choose the stores they'd like to sell to from PublishDrive's network of retailers. The chosen retailer or bookstore will then review the book, and once approved, PublishDrive will send the book to that store.

Epigraph Publishing Service

  • Epigraph uses print-on-demand distribution and wholesale distribution methods. Print-on-demand is an unconventional print distribution method, while wholesale distribution is conventional.
  • Epigraph's print-on-demand distribution is done through its trading partners such as Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Amazon, Baker and Taylor, Powells, and Booksamillion.
  • On the other hand, the wholesale distribution is done through its custom publishing with available warehousing. The minimum number of copies it requires for printing is 50.

Research Strategy

For this follow-up research on physical book/print distribution, we leverage the most reputable sources of information in the public domain, including Author Imprints, Ingram Spark, and Epigraphs.

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