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Small Press United

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.

Small Press United Volume 2 2019

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  Volume 1 2019 PDF

SPU utilizes IPG’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’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.

SPU also gives small publishers access to IPG’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.

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.

Small Press United is simply the best distributor of print and electronic books for publishers new to the market—and established publishers who need fast access to it—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’s overall cost and risk. Finally, SPU’s fee is based on net book sales, not on unrelated services.

Visit the IPG Blog for an interview with Richard T. Williams, Director of the Small Press United program. 

"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." 

—Georgia McBride, Month9Books

Read a full account of Small Press United on its website,


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.

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