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IPG to Host Open House for Former SPD Publishers, Signs One

April 5, 2024


Contact: Julia Dillman | Corporate Communications
312.337.0747 | [email protected]

CHICAGO - Independent Publishers Group (IPG), one of the first organizations in North America specifically created for the purpose of selling, marketing, and distributing titles from independent presses to the book trade, will host an informational open house for publishers impacted by the recent closure of Small Press Distribution (SPD).

SPD announced that it would cease operations on March 28, leaving hundreds of publishers without distribution services. In response to the sudden news, publishers have already started reaching out to IPG to take over services. White Goat Press, an imprint of the Yiddish Book Center, recently signed an agreement with IPG for sales and distribution.

To provide more publishers with insight on potential next steps, IPG will participate in a webinar hosted by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) on Monday, April 8. In addition to the webinar, IPG will host its own open house the following day for publishers to learn about IPG’s turnkey sales, marketing, and distribution solution. Publishers can sign up for the open house scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, here.

Both events are a quick response to SPD’s closure and very tight deadlines for publishers determining where to ship inventory. IPG CEO Joe Matthews said, “IPG is ready to move very quickly, as we have learned that some publishers may have to make a decision within the month.”

More information on these events and distribution with IPG can be found here.


About Independent Publishers Group:

Founded in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. Today, IPG’s wide reach into the book market includes distribution of both print and e-books from a wide array of publishers, digital printing and traditional publishing. With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its publishing partners in the United States and worldwide. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987, and this acquisition formed the parent company Chicago Review Press, Inc., which now owns Chicago-based indie publishers Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books. In October 2021, IPG acquired UK-based United Independent Distributors (UID) and its subsidiary companies Eurospan, Marston Book Services and Orca Book Services, extending IPG’s menu of services and global reach.