Major Comic Book/Graphic Novel Distributor pulls out of Retailer-Wholesale business, worrying local book businesses.
The Book Distributor Baker & Taylor recently announced that it’s winding down on the Retail Distribution Business, which includes the distribution of Graphic Novels to Local Comic Shops. David Cully, the Company President of Baker & Taylor recently sent out a memo, outlining that the Book Distributor will be focusing on the library and educational markets.
In addition to individual publishers who distribute through Baker & Taylor, Diamond Comic Distributors’ book division also distributed to bookstores extensively through Baker & Taylor. Diamond also has deals with Bookazine, Ingram, and others.
As part of this shift, Baker & Taylor will close its warehouses in Bridgewater, New Jersey and Reno, Nevada, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Roughly 500 jobs will reportedly be eliminated as part of this change.