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Baker & Taylor Publisher Services (BTPS) and SPCK Group (including Lion Hudson, IVP UK and SPCK) Announce Full-Service Sales & Fulfillment Agreement

Lion Hudson to Benefit from Personalized Service and Industry Expertise

ASHLAND, OH, June 14, 2021 – Baker & Taylor Publisher Services (BTPS), a leading provider of sales and fulfillment services to book publishers, is pleased to announce the signing of a full-service sales and distribution agreement with the SPCK Group, effective July 1, 2021 – US/CAN only.

The SPCK Group is the one of the world’s leading Christian publishers, formed following the acquisitions of IVP UK and, more recently, Lion Hudson by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, a publisher founded in 1698. All three lists will be available from BTPS under this arrangement.

Lion Hudson ( is a renowned Christian publisher that features an extensive list of award-winning books for adults and children under several imprints, including Lion Books, Monarch Books, Lion Scholar, Lion Fiction, Lion Children’s Books, and Candle Books. Their mission is to “see literature that challenges, encourages, and leads people to God, whatever their background,” with titles that cover a full spectrum of faith-based publishing, including Bible reference, history and biographies, leadership resources, children’s illustrated Bible stories and Bible reference, and picture books. They are a CBA publisher and member of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (SPCK) Group.

Inter-Varsity Press UK (IVP UK, is an evangelical Christian publisher spun out of the Christian Union movement in the United Kingdom. Its mission is to publish Christian books that are true to the Bible and that communicate the gospel, develop discipleship and strengthen the church for its mission throughout the world. Its strengths include Bible reference and commentaries, and Christian living. IVP UK also publishes academic titles under the Apollos imprint.

SPCK Publishing ( has been publishing Christian books since the 17thCentury and these days is best known for its work with such authors as N.T. Wright, Rowan Williams, and Richard Rohr. SPCK aims to publish the very best Christian books in a range of genres, including theology, biblical studies, Bibles and children’s. SPCK Publishing also publishes spiritual fiction titles under the Marylebone House imprint.

“This new partnership with BTPS is a significant step for the SPCK Group in ensuring availability of all our titles in North America and growing the sales of our authors. We know that there is significant untapped demand in the USA and Canada for many titles from the Lion Hudson, IVP UK and SPCK lists, and we are excited about working with BTPS to both fulfill this demand and raise awareness further,” said Sam Richardson, CEO of SPCK Group.

“We are honored and privileged to partner with the SPCK Group, including Lion Hudson, IVP UK and SPCK Publishing, whose solid reputation for incredible adult and children’s books is known worldwide for helping people grow in the Christian faith,” said Randy McKenzie, Sales Manager of BTPS’s Christian Division.

About BTPS:  Baker & Taylor Publisher Services (BTPS) is a leading provider of economical services and solutions to book publishers, with a robust worldwide reach to all trade, Christian, and other book markets. BTPS services include sales and distribution, book manufacturing and inventory management, and third-party logistics. A division of Follett, BTPS collaborates with client publishers who benefit from Follett and Baker & Taylor’s positions as major suppliers of public libraries, K-12 school markets and higher education outlets. For more information, please visit

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