A threefold business


Publishing would be nothing without distribution. To publish is also to deliver a book to its readers, at the right place and the right time, be it in chain bookstores, high-street booksellers, 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 one hundred thousand titles and can store 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 specific expertise and infrastructure.