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American West Books under New Ownership

Monday, July 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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IBPA extends warm congratulations to former Board of Directors member, Christopher Robbins, on his purchase of American West Books.

(Sanger, CA - July 17, 2017) -- Christopher Robbins, former longtime Gibbs Smith CEO, founder of the independent book publishing company Familius, and co-founder of Hummingbird Digital Media (HDM), purchased the industry wholesaler American West Books (AWB) from his business partner Joshua Mettee on July 5, 2017.

Founded twenty-four years ago by Joshua Mettee, AWB is the exclusive book supplier to Whole Foods throughout North America and is also one of the premier wholesalers to Costco, Sam's Club, REI, and other accounts. AWB is based in Sanger, California.

"When Josh and I partnered four years ago, we knew a buyout was a possibility," said Robbins. "Fortunately, our partnership and friendship allowed us to find a perfect path to fulfill each other's objectives."

While Mettee will focus on HDM with his father and co-founder Steve Mettee, Robbins will build both AWB and Familius.

"I grew up in the industry and am an industry guy," said Robbins. "I love books and nothing could be better than to stay in the book business and be on both sides of the table making and selling books to our key wholesaler customers in North America and throughout the world."

Asked if he has any long-term plans for either AWB or Familius, Robbins communicated that his immediate objectives include strengthening AWB's infrastructure and outreach to the industry.

"We're in final discussions with two new large customers who will add additional diversity to AWB," said Robbins. "The industry needs strong options to reach all the market opportunities that exist," he added. "AWB will continue to strengthen its position and interest in being one of the key options in putting the right books in the right stores at the right time."

AWB is a 24-year-old California-based industry wholesaler focused on putting the right books in the right stores at the right time. You can learn more about the wholesaler at Familius is an independent book publishing company, publishing books in children's, regional, and relationships. Its mission is to help families be happy. Visit for more information about the publishing house.

Contact Erika Riggs, Publicist, Familius LLC:

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