Marvel To Be Distributed By Hachette In Bookstores (UPDATE)

As of September, Marvel will no longer be distibuted into the bookstore market by Diamond Book Distributors. Instead, Marvel’s bookstore market will be handled by Hachette Book Group – ironically previously owned by Time Warner, owners of rival publisher DC Entertainment.

Just as with DC Comics, Marvel’s comics will still be exclusively distributed to the comic book market by Diamond Comics Distributors, but just as DC uses Random House for  bookstores, so Marvel now has a new partner for that bookstore market.

Hachette already distrubute Disney Press’ product, so this is the sort of tie in that has been expected for some time.

In a press release, David Gabriel Senior Marvel MP was quoted as saying “Teaming with Hachette allows us to even more aggressively grow our presence in the book market, exposing new readers to Marvel’s great library of characters and stories. With Hachette’s overwhelming success in the book market, we can’t imagine a better partner as Marvel looks to expand its presence in the book market.” While Hachette Chief Operating Officer Ken Michaels said “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Marvel. Hachette’s world-class distribution and broad sales reach, combined with Marvel’s outstanding brand and product line, is sure to be a powerful combination.”

A number of publishers relationships were strained by the recent “Amazon glitch” whish saw DBD distributed books withdrawn from the online giant for a week. But I understand that this decision was made well before then. I also understand that Marvel did not give Diamond a reason for the move.

UPDATE: Marvel have released their own press release, in which they state that they have extended their exclusive agreement with Diamond Comics Distribution as part of the agreement.

David Gabriel is quoted again saying, “Diamond Book Distributors has been very instrumental in the growth of our graphic novel business, nearly tripling our sales in the book market over the last five years, and we thank them for their efforts. The decision to switch book market distributors was a very difficult one but as evidenced by the extension of our Direct Market agreement, our working relationship with Diamond remains very close. We remain extremely appreciative of our Direct Market retailers and continue to grow that vital market.”

Bleeding Cool's coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2015 is brought to you by Valiant's BOOK OF DEATH #1 – in stores July 15th. Visit ValiantUniverse.com for more information.

Marv Wolfman To Write Raven Series #DCJanuary

635717470529051866-Meta-Poison

Poison Ivy Fans Rejoice, She's Getting Her Own Series From Amy Chu #DCJanuary #PoisonIvyLeague

635717469362936916-Katana-Swampy

Len Wein Returns To Swamp Thing Series #DCJanuary

Marvel Maintains Over 15 Point Marketshare Lead Over DC In June 2015 As Renew Your Vows Indicates Desire For A Return To Watson-Parker Marriage

Dynamite To Stake Claim To New York, As DC Leaves (UPDATE)

KV_thumb

Random Notes From The Summer Anime Season - Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh

vampier_diaries_cover_by_peubloshatner-d7x17je

Warren Ellis Writing The James Bond 007 Comic, Jason Masters Drawing It - And Here's Why

4

A 'French Invasion' As Delcourt Debuts In English On ComiXology, Plus Preview Of Iron Squad

tumblr_nqzg55NGUG1rg2j3ko1_1280

Is There A New Superman Game In The Works By The Batman: Arkham Origins Developer?

LTR-WP01_1-1 copy

Kieron Dwyer Returns To Comics With West Portal