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.




CEO, The Casemate Group



Managing Director, Casemate UK, Oxbow Books & Casemate Art


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.


Our Story

The Casemate Group was established in 2001, when CEO, David Farnsworth, created new distribution company Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors LLC, distributing books in North America for leading specialist publishers. The company set up its own military history publishing imprint, Casemate Publishers and currently publishes 30–40 titles a year.

In July 2007, the company supported a management buyout of the Greenhill Books/Chatham Publishing sales and distribution operation, setting up its UK operation, Casemate UK, and became responsible for the sales, marketing, and distribution of a number of leading history and art book publishers, including Lund Humphries, Paul Holberton Publishing, Savas Beatie and Helion & Company. In December 2011, Casemate Publishers Ltd bought leading academic book publisher and distributor, Oxbow Books, together with its US operation, The David Brown Book Company, from company founder, David Brown.

In January 2009, Casemate Publishers launched brand Casemate Athena, a general trade distribution arm, distributing titles in North America for trade publishers, including fiction, travel, cookery, reference, nostalgia, heritage, sports, and gardening publishers. On January 1, 2015, Casemate acquired International Publisher’s Marketing (IPM), from Books International and merged its Athena brand into a new division, Casemate IPM.

In 2011, Casemate Digital was set up to provide digital distribution to its client publishers, being one of the first distributors to offer a global 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.

In 2014, the Casemate Group’s US academic and scholarly book distribution division, The David Brown Book Company, was rebranded Casemate Academic. Casemate Academic and together with UK sister company, Oxbow Books, provides sales, marketing, and distribution services for esteemed 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.

Also in 2014, with the growth of its art book distribution service, the Casemate Group launched Casemate Art, providing sales representation, marketing and full distribution for leading art book publishers across the globe.

The company was also renamed The Casemate Group, and 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 15 years.