WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS

OUR TRACK RECORD

Olive Branch interiorYou know us.
We've been in business for over 25 years.
We have over 600 employees.

We provide very solid services. We publish catalogs, man the phones, maintain websites, process orders, ship tons of merchandise worldwide, handle returns, house millions of dollars worth of inventory, collect from our customers, pay our bills on time, etc!

And we never stop striving to improve.

Plus, when it comes to graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise, nobody knows, or loves, the product as much as we do!


MARKET PENETRATION

Diamond has been serving the book market, mass market and specialty mass markets for over twenty-five years, and began serving the book trade in a meaningful way in 2001 with the formation of Diamond Book Distributors.

We are currently an active vendor of record, and have solid relationships in place, with the following key retailers:

AAFFES/PMG
(Military Exchanges)

Amazon.com

Baker & Taylor

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble College Stores

BarnesandNoble.com

BJs

Bookazine

Books-A-Million

Booksource

Borders

Brodart

Chapters/Indigo

Demco

Follett Library Resources

Gamestop

Hastings

Hot Topic

Ingram

Koen Book Distributors

Levy

Partners/Partners West

QVC

Sam's Club

Spencers

Target

ToysRUs

ToysRUs.com

Universal Theme Parks

Waldenbooks

Wal-Mart

Wherehouse

 

AFFORDABLE SERVICE

Diamond can distribute your graphic novels and products to bookstores affordably. We can do this now and in the long-term because we already have a well-established infrastructure in place — people, facilities, systems — to distribute graphic novels.

INVENTORY SAVINGS

By choosing Diamond to distribute your products to the book trade, you put yourself in a position to house your inventory for both comic shops and the book market in one place, thus reducing your freight and storage costs, and preventing lost sales. You also have the option of utilizing Diamond to perform wholesale fulfillment to other markets and/or consumers.

In addition, because we move product from your printer or manufacturer to our distribution centers across the country, your new releases can be affordably staged for synchronized delivery to all key accounts.

Part of the DBD area on the floor of BEA 2009

MARKETING MUSCLE

DBD Backlist Catalog


Catalogs & Sales Kits:

Diamond produces and distributes first-class, full color New Releases Catalogs, plus separate Backlist and DBDkids catalogs.

In addition, we prepare monthly Sales Kit updates to the catalogs to keep buyers informed in a timely fashion of all your new releases.


 

Dark Horse section of DBD display at BEA 2009

Trade Shows:

Diamond can offer you the opportunity to showcase your products at key industry events such as Book Expo America and the American Library Association at a reduced cost.

We will present at regional Book Expo events and chain-store management meetings. Of course, we'll also be displaying your products at all the major comic book industry conventions such as San Diego, New York, etc.

 

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Advertising:

Diamond will advertise in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, Maximum Shelf and other trade publications, and makes group savings available to participating publishers.


Publicity:

Diamond's in-house PR staff can get your press releases and review copies in the hands of the people who matter, and can also assist with coordinating in-store events.


Online/Web Presence:

Diamond maintains a variety of websites to help promote your new release titles. Whether you want to reach the store buyer, or the end consumer, Diamond can help you maximize your message online.

SALES

Kuo Yu LiangDiamond's sales efforts are directed by Diamond Book Distributors VP Sales & Marketing Kuo-Yu Liang, an 18-year veteran of the book trade, and carried out by Sales Managers Josh Hayes (formerly a buyer at Waldenbooks), Doug White (formerly a national accounts manager with Holtzbrink), Stuart Carter (formerly a buyer for Host and Waldenbooks), and Terry Helman (a veteran Diamond employee who works with several major customers).

Our Sales Managers visit the book chains and major wholesalers on at least a quarterly basis, and are in constant contact via phone. We represent our clients at all store managers' meetings and key presentations to corporate merchandising management. In addition, our sales team helps manage co-op dollars and place our publishers' titles into the best promotions available at all chain store.

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On the independent bookstore front, our Sales Team calls directly on the top 25 stores (i.e. Powells, Tattered Cover, Joseph-Beth, etc.) and use Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bookazine and other to service the remainder. In addition, we work with Booksense, which is headquartered in New York and represents over 1,000 independent bookstores, to coordinate marketing and merchandising.

On the library front, we have a dedicated sales manager to the market, plus produce a wonderful website, diamondbookshelf.com, to promote the educational benefits of graphic novels to librarians and educators.


REPORTS & ANALYSIS

When you choose Diamond as your distributor to the book trade, we will supply you with online access to sales reports about your business:
For example:

  • Pre-Orders by Title and Customer
  • Sales and Returns by Title and Customer
  • Inventory by Title
  • Backorders by Title

These reports can be customized to fit your needs and can also incorporate comic shop sales if you so desire. In addition, we have an on-line interface which will enable you to communicate new title information and product changes to us quickly and efficiently.

Furthermore, Diamond subscribes to BookScan and makes in-store sell-through data available to all publishers we represent.

DBD Submission Entry Screen

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