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<< Back Books Recognizes Independent Publishers Group, Macmillan and Random House Publisher Services as Amazon Books Distributors of the Year

Distributors Earn Top Rating for Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences Though Operational Excellence

SEATTLE, Nov 20, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) --, Inc. today announced Independent Publishers Group, Macmillan and Random House Publisher Services as Amazon Books Distributors of the Year. The distributors are being recognized for their exemplary work in helping build a world-class customer experience through operational excellence on behalf of their client publishers.

"Independent Publishers Group, Macmillan and Random House Publisher Services are excellent examples of what collaboration and innovation can do to help us offer customers a great experience," said Russell Grandinetti, vice president of books for "By working together, we're able to improve the rate at which their books are in stock on Amazon, lower prices through lowering operational costs and help customers find, discover and buy great books through programs such as Search Inside the Book, Kindle and print-on-demand. We're proud to work with such great distributors on behalf of their client publishers."

Important criteria considered for Distributor of the Year include:

-- The shortest and most consistent receive lead times to make tens of thousands of books available to ship within 24 hours to customers.

-- Actively growing the number of books available in digital format to Amazon Kindle customers.

-- Leveraging print-on-demand technology to make their books perpetually in stock and available for faster shipment by printing them when a customer places an order on

-- Providing high-quality and authoritative ONIX data that helps customers easily find and discover their books.

-- Consistently strong participation in's Search Inside the Book feature, which grows sales by allowing Amazon customers to find and discover their books by searching within the content of those titles.

-- Note that this recognition applies to publisher distribution and not books wholesalers.

"The exchange of ideas and excellent communication between Amazon and IPG, as well as the high standards Amazon sets for data quality and throughout the supply chain, has helped IPG become a better company overall. This recognition by Amazon is a testament to the fantastic team of people we have here and at Amazon, doing everything possible to maximize the sales on each of our titles," said Mark Suchomel, president of Independent Publishers Group.

"Working with Amazon has made us a better and more efficient distribution partner. We are thrilled to receive this recognition," said Alison Lazarus, president of Macmillan sales.

"We appreciate Amazon's recognition of the collaborative and successful efforts we have made on behalf of our clients' titles. We look forward to our continued work with the terrific Amazon team in bringing these great publishing programs to the consumer," said Jeff Abraham, president of Random House Publisher Services.

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