Less than five years after Lerner Publishing Group launched its Lerner
Publishing Services division, providing print and digital distribution to the
school/library and trade markets, the Minnesota company has made the
world a global village for five international children’s book publishers: the
U.K.’s Andersen Press and Hutton Grove, New Zealand’s Gecko Books,
South Korea’s JR Comics, and Australia’s Big & Small, as well as for Quarto
Library, which includes four U.K.-based Quarto imprints.
According to LPG’s v-p for sales, David Wexler, who heads LPS, it’s all
about providing U.S. readers with quick and easy access to high-quality
releases by small and medium publishers all over the world. As the U.S.
becomes increasingly culturally diverse, there has been an unprecedented
demand for more offerings from international publishers, such as Gecko,
who, publisher Julia Marshall says, is seeing sales “build very nicely” in the
U.S. since LPS began in 2011 to distribute about 12 titles each year.
In order to meet the demand, Wexler says, LPS recently increased the
speed of its management system in its 125,000-square-foot warehouse by
30%, and added three employees to the staff. The 12 warehouse employees
have cut turnaround time for orders by 50%, to a day or two.
Andersen Press titles were distributed in the U.S. by LPG even before LPG
formalized its distribution services; Andersen Press USA was one of LPS’
inaugural list of five client-publishers, and currently publishes six picture
books for American readers each season.
“As American publishers started to buy in rights to fewer picture books,
we were keen to ensure that our best titles were available as American editions,” Andersen Press’s director of rights, digital, and international sales,
Sarah Pakenham, tells Show Daily, adding that Andersen Press’s picture
book fiction by mostly British and some European authors is a good fit with
the rest of LPS’ client list, which includes such products as Big & Small’s
English editions of Korean picture books and JR Comics’ graphic novel versions of classic Chinese stories.
To find out more about Lerner’s services, go to booth 2350. —Claire Kirch
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Attendees can be a part of what is certainly one of the most ador- able images on the floor. Sourcebooks is inviting attendees to visit its booth (2333) and participate in an interactive photo contest. On the back wall of the booth, the image ABOVE/BELOW/RIGHT/
LEFT, which is based on the cover of the press’s catalogue, has space for
show attendees to fill in a thought cloud with a bookish quip, snap a photo, and
share on social media. Those who do share their photos with the tags #BEA16
and #wearereading, will be entered in a contest to win book prizes.
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Bringing the World to U.S. Readers
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