Booksellers, libraries, and publishers all turn to Ingram Book Company (IBC) when in need of a good book. With a library of 1.4 million titles, IBC is a leading wholesale distributor of books, e-books, and audiobooks to 39,000 retail, distribution, library, and educational customers worldwide. It is a business unit of Ingram Content Group, which encompasses about a dozen companies involved in the wholesale distribution of books, periodicals, music, DVDs, foreign-language products, medical reference titles, children's books, religious titles, and hard-to-find books. Both IBC and parent Ingram Content Group are owned by Ingram Industries.
Tennessee-based IBC boasts distribution centers nationwide and, with the help of its parent companies, an extended reach globally to more than 130 countries.
IBC specializes in providing direct-to-consumer fulfillment services to publishers and retailers alike on a global scale. Its Ingram Data Services maintains and manages one of the industry's largest and most comprehensive databases. For the book industry, the company's ipage is a business-to-business tool for retailers to search titles, place and track orders online, and read reviews and bestseller lists.
Sales and Marketing
IBC's global sales and distribution network includes special expertise in public and academic libraries, college bookstores, Christian retail, gift and game resellers, and other markets. For its wholesale publisher partners it offers print and online catalog advertising, ipage advertising, e-flyers, galley mailings, targeting mailings, and newsletter advertising.
Parent company Ingram Content Group has been busy growing its business abroad. In 2013 it extended its distribution to Russia and the former Soviet Union by launching its third Global Connect alliance with EE Media. The move gives publishers access to book manufacturers, booksellers, and distributors in these regions.
Through an alliance with ProQuest's EBL - Ebook Library, inked in 2014, more than 400,000 EBL e-book titles are available through Ingram's OASIS content platform for academic libraries. The deal gives users access to one of the largest repositories of academic content available to libraries.
In 2009 Ingram Industries reorganized its content-providing business, which led to the formation of Ingram Content Group (ICG). Joining Ingram Book Group in the content division were Ingram Digital (a distributor of digital content and software), Lightning Source (print-on-demand publisher), and Ingram Periodicals, among other operating units.