BookExpo Distribution Notes: Canongate, PGW, Spink, Casemate, OCLC

In News by Porter Anderson

Here is a round-up of the latest international distribution partnerships announced at BookExpo this year in New York.

At BookExpo on its first of two trade floor days. Image: Porter Anderson

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

At BookExpo this year, companies are launching and announcing new initiatives and programs. Here are several of the news items being sent to media members this week.

Scotland’s Canongate in the US and Canada

Edinburgh-based independent publisher Canongate Books has signed with Publishers Group West (PGW) for distribution in Canada and the States, beginning in the autumn.

Interestingly, this is a return to an arrangement with PGW (an Ingram brand) for Canongate, which has had some of its greatest successes with authors including Rebecca Solnit, Barack Obama, David Byrne, Ruth Ozeki and others.

In a prepared statement, Canongate CEO is quoted, saying, “To be reunited with PGW, with whom we had a long and happy relationship through our partnership with Grove Atlantic, is a huge thrill.

“The fact that they are now part of Ingram makes them an even more formidable sales and distribution partner, and we feel bullish about what we can achieve together with our eclectic and exciting list in North America. It feels like a perfect match in all respects.”

The fall list from Canongate is expected to include Michel Faber’s (The Book of Strange New Things) first book of poetry.

Casemate and Spink in International Distribution

Spink Books, a publishing division of the UK’s Spink and Son, Ltd., has agreed to a global distribution partnership with the Casemate Group. Under the terms of the arrangement, Casemate Academic will distribute to North America, Oxbow Books will handle the rest of the world markets.

As described in press materials, “Spink is a venerable auction house which started principally as a goldsmith’s and pawnbroker’s business in London by John Spink in 1666.  Over the next century the company increased its dealings in gold and silver coins and became Spink and Son.

“The company diversified its departments adding art, furniture, and spirits among others through the years, and Spink held its first coin auction in 1978.  Now with offices in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland, Spink is headquartered in London and holds more than 70 auctions a year.”

The agreement sees Spink, with its emphasis on numismatic catalogs, publishing 10 to 12 titles annually with four new titles by the end of the calendar year. The company’s backlist is to have a staggered release onto the market.

International Library Cooperative OCLC Update

New signings with international publishers are expanding the reach and service of Ohio-based OCLC, through its WorldCat Discovery platform.

Among newly agreed contracts:

  • 1Science, based in Montreal, provides aggregated open access materials aimed at libraries, including more than 20 million journal articles and papers from world publishers.
  • Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag provides an interdisciplinary humanities program in the areas of law, economics, business, management, politics, history and philosophy.
  • BoD – Books On Demand, based in Norderstedt, Germany, provides a print on demand and distribution service for German authors and publishers.
  • Deutscher Apotheker Verlag, based in in Stuttgart, is the largest pharmaceutical publisher in Germany.
  • Editorial Medica Panamericana, based in Madrid, is a medical publisher of original textbooks, reference books and translations of medical publications.
  • Franz Steiner Verlag, based in Stuttgart, is a book and journal publisher in the humanities.
  • Global-Regulation, based in Toronto, produces the largest search engine of laws from around the world. 
  • iG Publishing, based in Singapore, works with more than 100 publishers, university presses, professional societies and associations to represent their brands and content.
  • Paperity, based in Warsaw, is a major multidisciplinary aggregator of open access journals and papers.
  • Wichtig Publishers, based in Cheshire and Milan, is an independent STM publisher of journals in the fields of clinical medicine and bioengineering

OCLC is nonprofit, providing shared tech services, research, and community programs that support libraries in the international context with its network of data about library collections and services. More on the company is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.