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.[1] They were the largest distributor of independent presses in the U.S. in the 1990s.[2][3] In 2007, PGW was acquired by Perseus Books Group.[4][5] 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.[6] Periodic additions to their list of publishers include an additional 5 added in 2012.[7] Within the book business, they are known for throwing a party at the annual BookExpo convention, with musical performers including Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and Chaka Khan in 2012.[8]

Perseus' distribution business was acquired by Ingram Content Group in 2016.[9]

Partial list of publishersEdit

Publishers formerly distributed by PGWEdit


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  7. ^ "Distribution: Publishers Group West Adds Five New Clients". 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  8. ^ "Need We Say More? > News > Chaka Kahn Sits in with Dumpstaphunk". 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  9. ^ Natasha Onwuemezi, "Perseus sale to Hachette Book Group completed", The Bookseller, 1 April 2016
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