Ingram Offer to PMA Members

July 1997
by Curt Matthews, IPG/Chicago Review Press

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At the BookExpo America convention, the Ingram Book Company issued an announcement which was covered in the following story from the front page of Show Daily, a publication distributed free each day to convention attendees.Ingram to Expand Small Press Title Base

In an effort to satisfy its library, international and Internet customers, Ingram announced plans to expand its title base from its current 360,000 titles to 500,000 by adding product from small presses. Debbie Pressnell, director-book product, said the move will also allow Ingram to “better service our full-service bookstore accounts.”

Ingram will do so by enhancing the number of titles in its “greenlight” program, which consists of titles held in small quantities and offered at short discount. They will also be seeking titles that can qualify for Ingram handling — which involves the usual requirement of having ISBNs, bar codes, and titles on spines as well as the new conditions that the press provide Ingram with four free titles to start and that they contact PMA for marketing advice. “We want to give small publishers a chance to prove themselves,” said Pressnell.

This new Ingram policy is the preliminary result of a meeting Jan Nathan and I had with the Ingram management in Nashville in March of this year, and of subsequent conversations with them.

These conversations are continuing because, as you can clearly see from the sketchiness of the announcement above, there are many essential terms…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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