IN A PRESS RELEASE issued today, Integrity Music Europe have announced a new distribution agreement with Marston Book Services, effective as of Monday 2nd September 2013. This follows in the wake of parent company David C Cook’s decision earlier this year to pull the plug on its own UK distribution division, Kingsway Distribution.
The agreement places Integrity and all David C Cook product in the same stable as — amongst many others — Alban Books, Lion Hudson and Scripture Union (full list), and represents a valuable addition to Marston’s already strong portfolio of Christian publishers.
Jonathan Brown, Integrity’s Managing Director, is quoted in the press release as saying,
We are genuinely excited about the opportunity to be partnering with Marston Book Services. By consolidating fulfilment our aim is to continue to provide the very best in distribution services to the local Christian Bookstore, which will allow us to focus on the creation of Christ-Centered resources. As the worlds of music and book publishing change in the coming years, we look forward to benefiting from Marston’s considerable distribution expertise.
Ross Clayton, Marston’s MD, expresses similar sentiments:
I am very excited that Marston has been given this opportunity to work with Integrity Music Europe. This new venture will further enhance the strong position Marston holds in the Christian product distribution market. The consolidation of fulfilment that this partnership creates should bring great benefits to bookshops by further concentrating order fulfilment. Marston will continue to work hard to improve the order experience it provides and to deliver orders quickly and efficiently.
Integrity plan to continue operating their own representation, marketing and telesales services.
- Read the full press release (pdf, 184kb)