Wednesday, April 05, 2006

April 20 Meeting: Changing Distribution Needs

Gary Lothian, Northwest sales manager for Ingram Book Company, discusses the changing distribution and tracking models for books and how these changes impact a small publisher’s sales to the traditional bookstore market. He will be joined by Kent Sturgis, board president of PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. PMA and Ingram have created a new distribution program for small publishers who normally might not qualify for distribution by a larger firm like Ingram.

Ingram Book Company is the leading wholesale distributor of books to independent and chain bookstores. The Ingram Book Group also includes Ingram Library Services Inc., America’s largest and fastest-growing distributor of books, audiobooks and videos to libraries; Ingram International Inc., the leading U.S. distributor of books and audiobooks to the world; and Ingram Fulfillment Services, which ships books directly to consumers.

PMA Board President Kent Sturgis is co-founder and president of Epicenter Press Inc., a regional trade publisher with 120 nonfiction titles focusing on Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

The meeting takes place on April 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N., Room 221. For more information, click on the link for directions (right side of this page).