Publishing would be nothing without distribution. To publish is to deliver a book to its readers, where and when they want it, be it in chain bookstores, highstreet booksellers, chemists or supermarkets. The business of distribution is based on logistics. Their complexity increases with the number of books processed. Most Hachette Livre distribution centres process up to one hundred thousand titles and can stock more than a hundred million books. Invoicing, freight, and managing returns contribute to making distribution a strategic link in the book’s value chain. Digital books also need to be distributed and require a specific kind of expertise and infrastructure.
In France, Hachette Livre has a 50,000-square-metre distribution facility located just outside of Paris in Maurepas that distributes for third-party and all Group publishers, approximately eighty publishers in all. Every day, the Maurepas Centre and its regional distribution hubs process a million books and ship 15,000-20,000 packages throughout France. A sales force markets the books to the various distribution circuits (bookstores, cultural chain stores, supermarkets, online outlets, etc.). Hachette Livre Distribution leads the French market. In addition, it has launched a print-on-demand service jointly with Lightning Source, the American market leader.
Hachette Livre International (HLI) handles distribution abroad and in the French overseas territories of books from all of Hachette Livre’s publishers and a number of third-party publishers. It processes 15 million books a year.
The LBS facility is located in West Sussex, England, and distributes books published by Orion, Octopus and Little, Brown as well as 50 third-party publishers, including Thames & Hudson. The 23,000-square-metre facility has 260 employees who process a total of 47 million books a year.
Littlehampton Book Service (LBS)
Faraday Close, Durrington, Worthing
West Sussex BN13 3RB - United Kingdom
Tel: (44) (0) 19 0382 8500
Site web : www.lbsltd.co.uk
Bookpoint has its main offices in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and distributes Headline, Hodder & Stoughton, Hachette Children’s Books and Hodder Education in the United Kingdom and a number of client publishers, including Taylor & Francis. This 20,000-square-metre facility processes 122,000 books a day, or 35 million books a year.
ADS is located 80 km north of Sydney and distributes books throughout Australia and New Zealand. Every year, 15,000 titles are stored in 11,530 square metres, and 19 million books are processed by 115 employees.
Alliance Distribution Services
9, Pioneer Ave, Tuggerah NSW 2259 - Australia
Tel: (61) (0)2 4390 1300
Site web : www.alliancedist.com.au
HBG Distribution Services sports a number of major American publishers on their client list. Their distribution facility, which is located in Lebanon,
Hachette Book Group
237, Park Avenue
121 N. Enterprise Blvd. Lebanon, IN. USA 46052
Tel: (1) (212) 364 1100
Site web : www.hachettebookgroup.com/trade_distribution_index.aspx
Comercial Grupo Anaya’s distribution facility, located in Getafe, near Madrid, Spain, distributes books from all of Grupo Anaya and Bruño’s brands in Spain and abroad. This 31,000-square-metre platform also handles a number of third-party publishers. It processes 32 million units a year.