IPG has been active in the e-book market since 2001. There is currently a full-time staff of three who oversee the submission, conversion, and distribution of e-book formats at the rate of 15-25 titles a day. IPG also creates the proper cover images and metadata for the e-book files. Currently about 10,000 e-book titles are available through IPG.
IPG’s e-book program is a turn-key system for its client publishers. They submit—through an automated feature in the private Publisher Resources section of the IPG website—the digital file used to generate the print edition. From that point on the IPG staff is responsible for checking, storing, and disseminating the files; selecting and monitoring trading partners; negotiating the terms of trade with them; and setting the rules as to how much leeway they are allowed to give their customers in regard to viewing content before purchase and duplication after purchase.
The e-books IPG sells directly to consumers and through affiliates are encrypted in-house using Adobe Content Server 4.0. IPG has also partnered with over 120 ebook sellers and digital aggregators to deliver and sell client publisher content worldwide. In addition to selling content to this multitude of digital sales channels, IPG has an internal digital marketing team dedicated to creating opportunities for publishers to promote their ebooks on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo, OverDrive, and more. IPG Digital works closely with clients to increase discovery, grow awareness, and drive ebook sales.
See the Digital Services area for a complete list of e-book vendors and further information about the e-books progam.
"In the ever-changing world of e-formats and e-gizmos that threaten to make or break new releases, IPG’s timely and valuable assistance has made it possible for PM Press to offer every new release in every new format."
—Craig O’Hara, PM Press, Oakland, CA
Clark spent several years as a software designer at Microsoft and Oracle before coming to IPG as a developer of new online resources. Clark supervises both the E-book Production and Online Services staff to provide the utmost in cutting edge digital resources to IPG's client publishers and vendor partners. He works with in-house staff, publishers, and the software development community to design and build new services, platforms, and functionality to make navigating the digital age of publishing simple, straightforward, and effective.
Visit the IPG Blog for an interview with Clark Matthews.
Mallori began her career in the book industry at IPG in 2011 through IPG’s internship program, working with Data, Special Sales, and Triumph Books. She joined the Digital team in 2013, where she now oversees the ebook department; helping client publishers convert their content for the digital marketplace.
First a thriving small press, then 40 years of steady growth as a book distributor.
|What Makes IPG Different? ›|
IPG offers more distribution programs, marketing channels, and support services than any other distributor.
|Marketing Services ›|
IPG’s dedicated marketing team offers many services aimed at advancing the visibility of their publisher clients’ brands and titles.
|Sales Channels ›|
IPG has more sales channels than any other distributor.
|Digital Services ›|
Since 2001 IPG has provided e-book conversion, consolidation, storage, and distribution, and very favorable rates for POD printing.
|Specific Services for Publishers ›|
Pre-pub consultation, sales meetings and shows, access to Bookscan, Publicity and PR, advertising opportunities, and much more.
State-of-the-art software and Distribution Center facilities; 24-hour turn time on orders.
|Financial Condition & Payment Policies ›|
IPG's client publishers have been, without exception, paid in full and on time. IPG has no long-term debt at all.
|Distribution Agreement ›|
IPG takes a fee based on net billing but no fees (unlike most distributors) for the storage of active titles, in-out charges, sample copies, etc.
Any questions? Check out answers to frequently asked questions from customers, clients, and current publishers.