Who We Are

Small Press United is a book distribution service created to meet the needs of small and start-up publishers. With dozens of sales representatives in the U.S. and Canada, SPU sells books to chain and independent bookstores, wholesalers, libraries, the gift and specialty markets, and online retailers.

What We Offer

Small Press United publishers work closely with Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the publishing industry's leading educational organization, to access valuable information about the industry, how to promote books, and how to grow a publishing company.

Small Press United provides publishers with a suite of online publisher education tools. Materials include how-to guides for effective publicity campaigns, guidance on pitching techniques and setting up author tours, and a robust list of media contacts for soliciting reviews.

Small Press United also offers reporting services to help publishers keep track of crucial sales information for their titles. This information is updated daily and reflects book sales from all major booksellers and wholesalers.

Small Press United and IPG

SPU is a subsidiary of Independent Publishers Group (IPG), the second largest and the most technologically sophisticated independent press distributor in the United States. IPG utilizes the very latest electronic data management, ordering, confirmation, and Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) systems.

The SPU Advantage

Small Press United uses cutting-edge supply chain technology, and its titles are easily sourced by every sort of book dealer in the U.S. and Canada, many thousands of customers overall. SPU provides quick access to the book trade and works with many industry leaders to bypass the traditional long lead times needed to get books into accounts.

How to Join

Applying to Small Press United is simple.  After reading about how we do business, the online application can be completed in a matter of minutes, and you can expect to hear back regarding your submission within 5 - 7 business days.

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