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Baker & Taylor's Global Publishers Services and Simon & Schuster India Enter Distribution Agreement
Baker & Taylor( 05/18/2017 )

Baker & Taylor's Global Publishers Services and Simon & Schuster India Enter Distribution Agreement
-Arrangement Positions Both Companies for Opportunity in Complex Market-

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 18, 2017- Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, and Simon & Schuster India announced today that they have entered a distribution agreement for Baker & Taylor's Global Publishers Services (GPS) effective May 1, 2017. Baker & Taylor's GPS specializes in supporting client publishers with international sales, marketing, and supply chain and digital-to-print services. Through its new agreement with Simon & Schuster India, GPS will be able to locally stock titles for optimal distribution into the marketplace, including to key online retailers.

"With Simon & Schuster India, our publishers will receive the level of attention needed to develop their titles in a market as critical and complex as India," said Chitra Bopardikar, Vice President & General Manager, Baker & Taylor. The Simon & Schuster India team has a proven track record of building authors and delivering books quickly and efficiently to customers."

GPS has agreements with brand name publishers that will resonate well in India, including Sourcebooks, recently named a top 10 publisher by Publishers Weekly and a leading publisher of children's, young adult and adult fiction, and Sounds True, a leading publisher of bestselling Buddhism and spirituality titles, including an audio library by Eckhart Tolle. These publisher relationships are complimented by category strengths such as children's, illustrated, music, and fiction.

Over the last several years, Simon & Schuster India has significantly grown its presence in the Indian marketplace. Earlier this year it launched a new local publishing program to widespread acclaim and bestselling success.

"We are really excited for the opportunity to work with Baker & Taylor's Global Publishers Services," said Rahul Srivastava, Managing Director, Simon & Schuster India. "They have a broad range of high-quality titles and we look forward to providing world class services for their client publishers. Chitra & Sharad are talented and experienced professionals who understand the market, and so we look forward to working together to grow their business in India."

"S&S India is a strong fit for GPS due to our shared commitment to the market," said Sharad Mohan, GPS Regional Manager based in Delhi who will manage the local relationship. "Together, we will build and nurture our publishers by delivering a range of titles that Indian readers want and expect."

Publishers interested in GPS from Baker & Taylor should contact gps@baker-taylor.com.

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About Simon & Schuster India
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.co.in.

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Simon & Schuster India
Bharti Taneja
+91 120 4089306
Bharti.taneja@simonandschuster.co.in




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