Grantham Book Services wins Faber Factory Plus contract

Posted on 29 January

Grantham Book Services (GBS), part of the distribution arm of Penguin Random House UK has today announced an agreement with Faber Factory Plus, Faber & Faber’s sales agency, to provide distribution for its network of independent publishers.

Faber Factory Plus clients that will transfer to GBS include Alan Rogers, And Other Stories, Arcadia, Black and White, Bloodaxe, Fitzcarraldo, Old Street, Pushkin Press, Pimpernel Press, Salt, Sandstone, Spitalfields Life, Scribe, and Saraband. They will join a number of publishers represented by Faber Factory Plus who are already existing clients of GBS, including Lonely Planet and Crimson.

This agreement means Faber & Faber’s distribution will now be handled entirely by Penguin Random House UK, as TBS (The Book Service) already distributes Faber’s own publishing list.

Stephen Page, CEO of Faber & Faber, commented: “Faber has had an excellent distribution relationship with TBS for a number of years. In today's market there are a number challenges facing the independent publishing sector. To help us face those challenges we are pleased to be able to extend our working relationship so that GBS will manage the distribution for Factory Plus publishers. GBS have a proven track record, are well respected within the industry and will help Faber provide an excellent service to independent publishers.”

Mark Williams, MD Distribution, Penguin Random House UK, added: “We are delighted to be taking on distribution for Faber Factory Plus’s portfolio of publishers and to have this stamp of approval - and the opportunity to develop our relationship further with Faber & Faber. Faber Factory Plus is the third client that GBS has attracted in the last twelve months alongside Haynes Publishing and Phaidon Press, which further cements GBS’ position as the leading bespoke distribution service for the UK’s independent publisher sector.”

The agreement with Faber Factory Plus means they become the fourth client to have joined TBS and GBS Distribution during the last 12 months, following the recent announcement of contracts to distribute John Blake Publishing, Haynes Publishing and Phaidon Press

The commencement of distribution will be staggered; dependent on current distribution arrangements for each of the independent publishers involved.