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19 October 2017


What is BookSource?

BookSource is one of the UK's fastest-growing distributors of books and other printed material. It provides a comprehensive service for over 50 client publishers, from warehousing and distribution services to tele-ordering, electronic data interchange (EDI) and ebook services. The company was founded in 1995 by Publishing Scotland (then the Scottish Publishers Association) to provide distribution services to a number of Scottish publishers and since that time it has grown to provide services to companies all across the UK (see the list of publishers with BookSource).

The BookSource team is made up of dedicated, friendly professionals, with a wide range of experience and knowledge of the publishing and distribution industries. The company also has state of the art technology called Bookmaster, to track orders and respond to sudden surges in demand. Bookmaster gives client publishers better quality information in a timelier and less costly fashion. BookSource is proud of the positive environmental impact of Bookmaster which has dramatically reduced the amount of paper they use.

With over 4,000 UK account holders, and over 1,000 overseas account holders, the company already enjoys strong, well-developed relationships with key bookselling chains, individual stores, internet retailers, supermarket chains and a vast number of other customers.

Together, the experience of the BookSource team, the flexible InfoSource system and the committed approach combine to give BookSource clients a competitive edge whatever their size or location.



BookSource book distribution provides:

  • complete warehousing and distribution service
  • ebook services (see BookSource: Your Ebook Partner pdf)
  • invoice and credit management  
  • tailored client contracts  
  • on-line reports facility  
  • e-source web ordering 
  • tele-ordering and EDI 
  • direct mail management
  • PIMS - Publishers Information and Marketing Service (NEW for Summer 2013): The aim of PIMS is to help increase sales for publishers and to take over information management and low level marketing tasks. There will be 2 key service features: Email Marketing & Amazon Administration.  

    Email Marketing:
    Emails will be themed and focused.  Booksource have a database of nearly 1500 trade emails. The list is segmented by business type, so customers only receive marketing for books that they can sell.  This makes the emails more effective and the customers more amenable to receiving them.

    Amazon administration:
    Dealing with Amazon can be a daunting and time consuming activity.  You're on firm enough ground with the bibliographic data but Booksource appreciate that downloading orders, checking and sending cancellations and authorising returns can be a big job. 

    The customer service team has over a year's experience of managing orders and cancellations through Amazon accounts so they are happy to offer this service.

    If you would like to sign up or would like any more information email Fergus McCann   



The majority of the company is owned by parent charity, Publishing Scotland, (90%) with the remainder of the shares being held by five client publishers. Our ownership ensures that our number one priority is service rather than shareholder return.



The company is managed by a Board that comprises publishing professionals with a range of expertise.



50 Cambuslang Road
Glasgow G32 8NB
Tel: 0845 370 0063
Fax: 0845 370 0064

Email: For general enquiries, please contact Louise Morris:



For more general information about distribution, see our Book Distribution factsheet.