Publishers Group West
Publishers Group West (PGW) is a book distributor founded in 1976 in Berkeley, California, which distributes to bookstores in the U.S. and internationally. They were the largest distributor of independent presses in the U.S. in the 1990s. Their parent company is Perseus Books Group. They are the exclusive distributor for over 100 publishers. Some of their former publishers were picked up for direct distribution by Perseus Books Group and others in 2007. Periodic additions to their list of publishers include an additional 5 added in 2012. Within the book business, they are known for throwing a party at the annual Book Expo America convention, with musical performers including Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and Chaka Khan in 2012.
Partial list of publishers
- Agate Publishing
- Archaia Studios Press
- Baker & Taylor Publishing Group
- Bilingual Books
- Black Classic Press
- Classical Comics
- Cleis Press
- Frances Lincoln Publishers
- Grove/Atlantic, Inc., publisher of Cold Mountain, New York Times Bestseller
- Hunter House
- Keen Communications
- Milkweed Editions
- New World Library
- Night Shade Books (added 2012)
- Open City (defunct)
- Open Court Publishing Company
- Parallax Press, publisher of works by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Quest Books
- Ronin Publishing
- Scarletta Press
- Seal Press
- Sierra Club Books
- Soft Skull Press
- TalentSmart, publishers of Emotional Intelligence 2.0
- Three Rooms Press
- Thunder Bay Press
- Tin House Books
- Urantia Foundation
- Wilderness Press
- Wisdom Publications
Publishers formerly distributed by PGW
- "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; University Press Becomes Big Distributor for Small Publishers - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1989-11-27. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- DOREEN CARVAJALPublished: December 01, 1997 (1997-12-01). "Independents' Day ; For Smaller Publishers, Sales Are Rising as Returns Dwindle - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Perseus Books Home". Perseusbooksgroup.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- McCarty, Dawn (2007-02-09). "Offer for AMS unit tops only other bid | The San Diego Union-Tribune". Utsandiego.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Distribution: Publishers Group West Adds Five New Clients". Publishersweekly.com. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Need We Say More? > News > Chaka Kahn Sits in with Dumpstaphunk". Jambands.com. 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2013-08-18.