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Distribution Services

If you are interested in applying for distribution with IPG, please view our publisher contact information or send us a message and we will contact you shortly.

Distribution Programs

IPG operates several distribution programs to meet the particular needs of various kinds of publishers and market segments. Each program accurately positions groups of publishers and their titles for particular audiences. Our goal is to sell each title to its full potential and to keep our publishers healthy and successful.

Sales Channels

IPG’s distinct distribution programs are not restricted to particular sales channels. On the contrary: IPG’s many means of reaching the full book market are used whenever they are relevant for titles in any of our distribution programs.

For instance, our program to encourage professors to use our titles for college courses is crucial for titles sold through the IPG Academic and Professional Publishing program; but titles from every distribution program are also sold through this channel if there is a reasonable chance of success.

The following is a list of our major sales channels. Click on any of them for more information.

National Bookstore Chains Independent and Regional Booksellers
Online Retailers Mass Merchandisers 
National  Wholesalers Special Sales
Gift Stores Schools and School Libraries
School Supply Stores Museums and Museum Stores
E-Book Retailers Professional and Academic Market
Libraries Spanish Language Market
Canada United Kingdom 
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<h1 style="text-align: left;">Midpoint</h1> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">Midpoint Trade Books is a full service book distribution division of Independent Publishers Group (IPG). Midpoint was founded in 1996 by a group of industry professionals and was acquired by IPG in 2018.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">Today, Midpoint retains the same entrepreneurial spirit with which the company was founded and joins IPG's team of experienced industry professionals: hard-working, innovative, unpretentious, and dedicated to our client publishers.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #000000;">If you are interested in applying for distribution with IPG, please view our&nbsp;</span><a href="../publisher-contacts-pages-199.php">publisher contact information</a><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a href="../contact-ipg-pages-37.php">send us a message</a><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;and we will contact you shortly.</span></p>
Small Press United
<h1>Small Press United</h1> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">Small Press United is a distribution program created expressly to accommodate the unique issues that confront small and start-up publishers. SPU provides quick access to the book trade and can bypass the traditional long lead times needed to get books into the market.</span></p> <!-- <table class="image_left_no_border" style="width: 158px; height: 255px;" _mce_style="width: 158px; height: 255px;" border="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href=";by_Catalog_small-press-united" _mce_href=";by_Catalog_small-press-united"><img class="image" style="margin-top: 5px;" _mce_style="margin-top: 5px;" title="Small Press United Volume 22019" src="" _mce_src="" alt="Small Press United Volume 2 2019" width="150" height="194" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;" _mce_style="text-align: left;"> <p style="text-align: center;" _mce_style="text-align: center;"><img src="../filebin/images/icon_pdf.gif" _mce_src="../filebin/images/icon_pdf.gif" alt="" width="16" height="16" /><span>&nbsp;</span><a href="" _mce_href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;<span>Volume 2 2019 PDF</span></a><br /><img src="../filebin/images/icon_pdf.gif" _mce_src="../filebin/images/icon_pdf.gif" alt="" width="16" height="16" /><span>&nbsp;</span><a href="" _mce_href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;<span>Volume 1 2019 PDF</span></a></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> --> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">SPU utilizes IPG&rsquo;s sales force in the U.S. and Canada to sell titles to chain and independent bookstores, online retailers, national wholesalers, library and specialty wholesalers, the gift and specialty retail markets, museums, and more. Books in this program are shipped and billed with titles from all of IPG&rsquo;s distribution lines, creating efficiencies for buyers and eliminating barriers of entry to accounts of all sizes that small publishers and small distributors must oftentimes overcome.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">SPU also gives small publishers access to IPG&rsquo;s cutting-edge supply chain technology, ensuring that titles are easily sourced throughout the U.S. and Canada, essentially wherever books are sold. State of the art reports accessible 24 hours a day keep publishers in the loop on all sales and inventory activity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">Each SPU client receives a membership in the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), one of the best independent press publishing resources available. In addition, they have access to a suite of online publisher education tools, including a how-to guide for planning an effective publicity campaign; guidance on pitching techniques, writing press materials, and setting up author tours; and a list of essential media contacts for soliciting reviews.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">Small Press United is simply the best distributor of print and electronic books for publishers new to the market&mdash;and established publishers who need fast access to it&mdash;who want to invest in the creation and promotion of their titles rather than to struggle with the considerable costs of building a sales and distribution infrastructure. SPU handles e-book distribution and offers Print-On-Demand services that can reduce a publisher&rsquo;s overall cost and risk. Finally, SPU&rsquo;s fee is based on net book sales, not on unrelated services.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; color: #000000;"><em>"When I first signed with Small Press United, I had a decent sized learning curve, and Richard Williams in particular has been most supportive and informative. Direction, advice, and even a stern handling when needed, was everything we needed to be the most productive client we can be. I could not ask for a better person to work with to help me achieve my goals for distribution to the market for my titles...Overall, we are happy to be with IPG, and look forward to years of success with you as a partner."&nbsp; </em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; color: #000000;"><em>&mdash;Georgia McBride, <strong>Month9Books</strong></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">Read a full account of Small&nbsp;Press United&nbsp;on its website, <a href=""></a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="../publishers-pages-32.php#by_Distribution_Program_spu"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></span></a><strong><a href="../small-press-united-pages-178.php">Browse All Small Press United Publishers &rarr;</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: #000000;">If you are interested in applying for distribution with IPG, please view our <a href="publisher-contacts-pages-199.php">publisher contact information</a> or <a href="contact-ipg-pages-37.php">send us a message</a> and we will contact you shortly.</span></p>
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