Casemate Group and Boydell & Brewer Ltd have come to a sales and distribution agreement for print books in North and South America. The new business deal was in the planning stages for some time as both companies prepared for a smooth transition. Effective September 1, 2018, the new agreement covers all titles and imprints in B&B’s publishing program. Specifically, Casemate will provide sales, warehousing, and distribution facilities for Boydell & Brewer and will be their exclusive distributor in North and South America.
Boydell & Brewer Ltd was formed in 1978. Like many modern publishing houses, it was created by the merger of two smaller publishing companies, Boydell Press and D.S. Brewer, and has since acquired or started additional imprints. Seeking to establish a greater presence in the US market, Boydell & Brewer entered into a partnership agreement with the University of Rochester to found the University of Rochester Press in 1989, which now publishes up to 30 books a year. Alongside publications in the fields of African studies, philosophy, and social and medical history, URP is also home to the prestigious Eastman Studies in Music series. In 1998 the US program was extended further with Boydell & Brewer’s acquisition of Camden House, a scholarly publisher of books on German and American literature and culture.
With their imprints and affiliates, Boydell & Brewer publishes approximately 220 titles annually. The backlist contains around 5,500 titles. Under the new arrangement, Boydell & Brewer relocates its stock from PSSC (Publishers Storage and Shipping) to BI (Books International).
“We are extremely excited to have Boydell & Brewer as a client and greatly appreciate the diligence and vision Boydell & Brewer put into this deal,” said David Farnsworth, President, Casemate Group. “In a world where cookie-cutter solutions and mindless adding of distribution clients is all too prevalent, by doing what we’re doing, we’re showing the industry that independent companies truly collaborating is a powerful and extremely valid alternative to what is becoming an unfortunate industry norm. Our staff is extremely excited to be representing Boydell & Brewer and their excellent publications.”
To bolster the sales representation through the southern hemisphere, the Casemate Group has also just signed a new arrangement with VT-based, Latin American sales agency, Cranbury International.
Michael Richards, Managing Director, Boydell & Brewer said, “Having worked closely with the Casemate Group in the UK for some years, we have every confidence that this new arrangement will bring us growth and an even greater profile in the Americas. Casemate is a sales-oriented organization with a real understanding of the kind of publishing we do, and our books provide a good fit with their own list – especially the prestigious Oxbow archaeology titles. Having handled our own sales in the region for many years, it takes a very special organization to convince us to hand over this function to another partner. We firmly believe Casemate is that partner.”