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Oxford University Press Announces US Sales and Distribution Agreement with IPG for Oxford Children’s Fiction List

June 27, 2023


Contact: Sidney Thompson | Corporate Communications
312.337.0747 | [email protected]

Chicago, IL & Oxford, UK – Oxford University Press (OUP) has signed a sales and distribution agreement with Independent Publishers Group (IPG) for the exclusive distribution of Oxford Children’s fiction titles in North America and Canada.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to have this agreement in place with IPG. From our earliest conversations, it was clear how much the IPG team appreciated the quality of our children’s list,” said Helen Freeman, Director of Oxford Children’s. “Most excitingly, we know this agreement is going to provide some truly wonderful reading experiences to even more children.”

For OUP, one of the world’s oldest publishers, this agreement is the first time there will be a direct sales channel into the US for OUP’s children’s fiction list. In recent years, Oxford Children’s has become well known for publishing popular first chapter books. Many of Oxford Children’s bestselling young fiction series will be part of the selection launched and distributed by IPG.

“Oxford University Press is one of the world’s most prestigious publishers. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them to sell their children’s fiction list in North America,” said Brooke O’Donnell, Senior Vice President of International Business Development at IPG. “These books are of the highest quality, and we look forward to bringing them to market this fall.”

“We are delighted that IPG will be the exclusive distributor for Oxford Children’s fiction titles in North America and Canada,” said Stuart Keltie, International Sales Director at OUP. “The relationship we have built with IPG will allow us to work with one of the most comprehensive sales and marketing teams in the US, cementing the position of Oxford Children’s fiction list within one of the largest Children’s markets in the world.”

IPG will launch and distribute Oxford Children’s fiction titles in North America and Canada beginning 1 October 2023.


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.

About Oxford University Press:

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes thousands of new publications a year, in over 100 languages. It has offices in around fifty countries and employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children’s books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

About Oxford Children’s:

Oxford Children’s, the children’s team at Oxford University Press, creates award-winning educational resources, picture books, fiction, and dictionaries for schools and home – as well as Oxford Owl, a free educational platform created by leading experts. The Oxford Children’s fiction list includes beloved young fiction series, such as Isadora Moon, to classic stories for older readers, including the Oxford Children’s Classics collection. Oxford Children’s offers a range of outstanding books and resources for children at any stage of their learning journey.