A threefold business


To publish is also to deliver a book to its readers, at the right place and the right time, be it in chain bookstores, downtown independent bookshops, drugstores or supermarkets. The business of distribution is based on logistics. Its complexity increases with the number of books processed. Most Hachette Livre distribution centers process up to 100,000 titles and can store more than a 100 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 specific expertise and infrastructure.