Random House Distribution Launches New Digital Service
Random House Distribution, comprising The Book Service Ltd (TBS) and Grantham Book Services (GBS), today announced the launch of a new digital service – creating a one-stop solution for both physical and digital book distribution.
The company part of The Random House Group, will work together with leading eBook distributer ePubDirect to create a tailored e-book storage and e-distribution service which can be customised to meet a publisher’s requirements, creating a centralised portal for all distribution needs. The service includes e-book storage, global distribution in multiple formats to a growing list of customers which allows current access to over 1000 e-tailers worldwide, and over 25,000 libraries
Colin James, Random House Distribution Deputy MD and IT Director, said: “We are excited to be able to offer a digital distribution service to not only our existing clients but those publishers who are still seeking a dynamic and easy to use solution.
“Leading industry Innovation and exceptional high service standards have long been our business hallmarks and now ePubDirect and Random House Distribution will combine our strengths to deliver a publisher distribution offering of unrivalled reach and scale with the ability to distribute physical books and e-books to high street and online retail channels simply through one centralised service provider .
“Our new service has the added benefit of the publisher being able to maintain consolidated sales and reporting platform in a secure environment.”
Gareth Cuddy, ePubDirect CEO, said: “I am hugely excited about this agreement with Random House Distribution through TBS and GBS. We have developed our expertise over the last number of years working with many leading publishers and we know that Publisher sales thrive when fuelled by speed, innovation, reach and scale.
“We believe that now working with a leading distributor like Random House enables us to further enhance our service offering while allowing us to focus on our key area of expertise – ebook distribution. Bringing the joint distribution expertise together presents an exciting opportunity for Random house Distribution clients.”
Ian MacDonald, Managing Director of Marco Polo books, said: “We are delighted to be part of this new consolidated digital distribution service. The simplicity of the system allows us to integrate our digital and physical sales under one roof, giving us ease of access to our data. Knowing our physical business is in good hands is very reassuring but also that our digital distribution strategy is now in the best place to evolve in this rapidly changing market place.”