ABOUT US

The Casemate Group is a market leading distributor in the publishing industry, combining a tailored, progressive and personal service with a global, multi-sector, full distribution offering. Our offices are based just outside Philadelphia in the United States and Oxford in the United Kingdom.

OUR TEAM

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DAVID FARNSWORTH

CEO, The Casemate Group

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ALAN MABLEY

Managing Director, Casemate UK, Oxbow Books & Casemate Art

WHAT WE DO

Our Service

The Casemate Group provides sales, marketing and distribution for our publishers, delivering direct access to the book trade’s general, academic, specialist and non-traditional markets via our dedicated, experienced sales and marketing teams, supported by state-of-the-art warehousing, inventory management, and order fulfillment. We distribute through all international channels, and offer the flexibility of select house accounts and territory exclusions.

Our skilled, flexible and personalized approach to book distribution has enabled us to consistently increase our client publishers’ turnover and expand their titles’ international reach, in both print and digital formats.

Our Approach

Our extensive in-house client relations, customer service, sales, marketing, data and fulfillment teams are always available to listen, understand and adapt to our clients’ needs and we firmly believe in working in partnership together to develop successful sales, marketing and distribution strategies unique to our publishers’ needs and in line with marketplace demands. Many of our clients have been with us for over 15 years.

Our Reach

We have accounts with over 5,000 retailers around the world, working with warehousing partners Orca Book Services in the UK and Books International in the US, and premedia services provider Versatile, to promote, sell and deliver our publishers’ titles worldwide.

WHO WE ARE

Our Story

The Casemate Group was established in 2001, when David Farnsworth, created a new distribution company Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors LLC, to distribute books in North America for leading specialist publishers. The company set up its own military history publishing imprint, Casemate Publishers in 2002 and currently publishes 70-80 books a year.

In July 2007, the company supported a management buyout of the UK based Greenhill Books’ sales and distribution operation, to start its own UK operation, Casemate UK. Casemate UK assumed from Greenhill Books responsibility for the sales, marketing, and distribution of a number of leading history and art book publishers in that market. Casemate UK has been growing ever since.

In 2011, Casemate Digital was founded to provide digital distribution to its client publishers, making Casemate one of the first distributors to offer a global combined print and digital distribution service, working with publishers to develop their digital strategy, enabling their content to be available in all formats and growing its e-retailer account list to become one of the largest in the industry.

At the end of 2011, the UK side of the company bought leading academic book publisher and distributor, Oxbow Books, together with its US operation, The David Brown Book Company (DBBC), from company founder, David Brown. In 2013, DBBC was rebranded Casemate Academic and was fully acquired by and integrated into Casemate’s north American operation. Casemate Academic, together with UK sister company, Oxbow Books, provides sales, marketing, and distribution services for highly respected academic and scholarly book publishers, societies and institutes worldwide. Oxbow Books is also the world’s leading archaeology publisher, publishing 70–80 titles a year.

In 2015, Casemate acquired International Publisher’s Marketing (IPM), from Books International and merged its existing Casemate Athena brand into a new division, Casemate IPM. Casemate IPM is Casemate’s general trade distribution arm in the US.

In 2019 Casemate acquired the distribution business of US based Dufour Editions and thus at a stroke became the largest distributor of books for Scottish, Irish and Welsh publishers in the United States

Together these divisions of the company comprise The Casemate Group, which has grown to become the preferred distribution partner for publishers around the world. Selective about our client publishers, we are renowned for our personal and professional service, with many of our clients having been with us for over 20 years.