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IPG signs thirteen new independent publishers for distribution, effective January 1, 2014

October 24, 2013

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CHICAGO, October 23, 2013—Independent Publishers Group, the second-largest independent book distributor in the United States, is thrilled to announce it has partnered with a wide variety of new independent publishers for both print and electronic distribution. Beginning January 1, 2014, IPG’s general trade book clientele will include thirteen new independent publishers of adult and children’s trade books—Madison Press Books, Inhabit Media, Vinologue, NNK Press, Smart Guide Publications, Luminis Books, Urim Publications, The Puzzleworks, Caramel Tree Readers, Castle Rock Research, Dream Big Toy Company™, Jolly Fish Press and Monsieur Notebook.

A publisher of high-quality illustrated reference and lifestyle books, Madison Press Books include cookbooks, US history and culinary titles, as well as books for young readers (9-13) about US history, exploration and discovery.

The first independent publishing company in Nunavut, Inhabit Media is an Inuit-owned publishing company that aims to promote and preserve the stories, knowledge, and talent of the Arctic. They publish titles for adults and children, including beautifully illustrated picture books.

Founded in 2007 by travelers who wanted more than just beaches and buildings in their guidebooks, Vinologue publishes handsome travel guides designed for those looking to discover the best wines and enotourism destinations around the world. By actively seeking out and discovering "Big Wines from Small Regions", this series takes readers deep in to grapes, gastronomy, and the cultural traditions of unique winemaking destinations.

NNK or Never Not Knitting Press was founded in 2012 by knitwear designer, Alana Dakos and publishes unique, high quality knitting books and patterns. Knitters of all levels will appreciate these accessible and assorted titles, including Coastal Knits and Botanical Knits.

Dedicated to making smart people smarter in a hip, trendy, informative way, Smart Guide Publications is a series geared towards educating the reader from beginning to end on topics ranging from astronomy to zoology. The series delivers a wealth of information in a practical, easy-to-read format, and boasts a colorful uniform cover that is easily identifiable on any bookshelf.

Luminis Books, Inc. publishes thought-provoking literary fiction for adults, young adults and middle grade readers, as well as a non-fiction reference series called The Simple Guide. Tracy Richardson, president of Luminis Books, says, “IPG brings a wealth of knowledge and resources in bringing our books to market. We are confident that this collaborative relationship will increase the visibility of our titles and help bring Luminis Books to the next level.”

A leading Jewish interest publisher, Urim Publications, was established in 1997 by Tzvi (Harry) Mauer, the publisher of Flashlight and Penlight Books, both of which are already distributed by IPG. Urim publishes approximately fifteen books per year on various topics related to Jewish tradition. Urim’s critically acclaimed books span a range of topics including Jewish religious thought and modern life, Jewish law, Bible commentary, Passover Haggadahs, modern Jewish biographies, and spirituality. IPG has already begun distributing Urim Publications as of August 1, 2013. The exclusive publisher of Merl Reagle's Sunday Crosswords, The Puzzleworks has already begun distribution with IPG as of June 30, 2013. Mr. Reagle's crosswords appear every week in 27 of the largest metropolitan newspapers in the country, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, his award-winning Sunday crossword is syndicated throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia by the Washington Post Writers’ Group.

Caramel Tree Readers offers a “delicious” paperback series of full-color leveled readers, leveled by MetaMetrics, for children ages 3 to 12. Their storybooks also offer a range of extension materials, including audio readers and workbooks, providing an integrated approach to developing children’s reading skills. “We are confident that having IPG as our exclusive worldwide distributor brings new opportunities for Caramel Tree,” says Caramel Tree Senior Editor and International Sales Director Faizel Laher, “IPG’s specialized sales channels along with a great team and excellent services for new publishers like ourselves are some of the factors that make us excited to be working with IPG.”

Effective November 1, 2013, Castle Rock Research provides curriculum based educational resources to students, parents and educators. Their print and online resources support its academic achievement performance by focusing on instruction, assessment, diagnostics and remediation. They will publish state-specific Common Core resources for the US market.

Dream Big Toy Company™ is the creator of Go! Go! Sports Girls™ dolls and books, a collection of fun and educational products to promote self-appreciation and the benefits of healthy life-skills for girls ages 3-12. The cloth dolls are multicultural, age and size appropriate, and do not encourage an older or overly mature image. The image is innocent with a subtle yet strong message to appreciate and be true to oneself. With close ties to The Brave Girls Alliance and other girl empowerment organizations, this publisher is already well positioned in the media.

Jolly Fish Press is a rapidly growing publisher of trade fiction and select nonfiction with the skills to compete and the guts to innovate in the constantly evolving book market. Each book is beautifully designed and enthusiastically marketed to the target audience, be it adult, young adult or new adult.

From Hide Stationery Ltd., a quality stationery purveyor based in the UK, comes Monsieur Notebook, a new line of fine leather-bound journals, notebooks, and sketchbooks in a variety of sizes, papers, and colors—all bound in handsome, durable, genuine leather—with ribbon marker and elastic closure.

Additionally, IPG’s academic and professional distribution division, River North Editions, has entered into agreements with five new academic publishers in the second half of 2013—Manohar Books, Portal Books, Bertz + Fischer, Hoover Institution Press and Wit University Press. Manohar Books is known for quality scholarly publications in the field of social sciences, with a focus on India in particular and South Asia in general. In addition to publishing well known Indian and foreign authors, Manohar has co-published with many prestigious institutions in India and abroad, producing 40-45 original titles every year.

Bertz + Fischer Publishing is an outstanding film and media studies publisher based in Berlin, Germany. In addition to film titles, Bertz + Fischer also publishes books on politics, sociology, and cultural studies.

Hoover Institution Press is the in-house publisher of the Hoover Institution, a conservative American public policy think tank located at Stanford University. The Hoover Institution Press has long been a publisher of high-profile individuals such as Edwin Meese, Condoleezza Rice, George Schultz, Thomas Sowell, and Milton Freidman, and they also have a backlist of titles on multiple public policy topics, including education, national security, law, energy policy, economic policy, health care policy, and Islamism.

Wits University Press, the publishing program of The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, turned 90 years old this year and was the original curriculum developer and publisher of the Bantu Studies program in 1921—later renamed universally as African Studies. They are renowned for their political and historical list, but have recently expanded to curriculum areas such as natural sciences, sustainable energy, health care policy, education, and literary studies.

Portal Books is a European publisher of fine art, philosophy, and scholarly titles. Portal aims to challenge and inspire its readers by publishing books on a variety of political, religious and ideological standpoints.

Art Stock Books, IPG’s distribution service for highly illustrated art, architecture and high-end travel titles, will distribute books from A&C Publishing starting on January 1, 2014. Founded in Korea in 1971, A&C Publishing has established a very strong reputation in the international publishing arena for architecture and interior design and is a founding member of the World Architecture Society. They publish about 15 new titles a year in English, with many stand-alone volumes on architectural and interior design, and award-winning building style.

Finally, beginning January 1, 2014, IPG will begin distributing one new Spanish language publisher—Ediciones Corona Borealis—through its Spanish distribution arm. Based in Malaga, Spain, Ediciones Corona Borealis publishes fantasy and mystery books as well as self-help and body, mind, spirit titles.

Established in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, computer and general trade nonfiction and fiction titles. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. Clients include publishers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Spain and other countries. In the fall of 2006, the senior management of Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading U.S. distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and distributes for clients such as Aurum Press, Canongate UK, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Orion Publishing, Random House UK and Simon and Schuster UK.

For more information, or to speak with one of the following contacts, please contact Publicity Manager Caitlin Eck, (312) 337-0747 ext. 236 or [email protected].