INWOOD, WV, April 30, 2003 - A new partnership between The Library Corporation (TLC) and Independent Publishers Group (IPG) enables users of TLC's collection management service - the Online Selection Assistant -- to access IPG's title database.
IPG markets book titles for over 400 independent publishers and small presses throughout the USA and worldwide. Some of the publishers they represent are ECW Press, Interweave Press, Chicago Review Press, Manning Publications, ESRI Press, Amherst Media, and Allen & Unwin.
IPG was founded in 1971 and was the first organization specifically created to market titles from independent presses to the book trade. With continued success, it has expanded to include Paul & Company, an academic marketing arm, as well as Spanish title distribution. IPG's success was noted recently in Publishers Weekly, where it was proclaimed "one of the biggest success stories of 2002."
Other publishers that have recently partnered with TLC include Boyds Mills Press, Penguin Putnam, and Random House Group.
The Online Selection Assistant enables publishers to expand their purchasing audience; their offerings will be seen by book buyers worldwide and are not limited to just TLC customers. Smaller publishers that may not have a Web presence or an e-commerce solution can especially benefit from the service.
TLC introduced the Online Selection Assistant during this past ALA Midwinter Meeting. It's a vendor-neutral collection development and information management service that automates material selection, purchasing, and accounting. It offers a centralized, definitive source of material information, recommendations, selections, orders, and order fulfillment and connections to information and suppliers worldwide.
The Online Selection Assistant is located at www.OnlineSelectionAssistant.com.