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Bookmasters signs agreements with Brill,
Turpin Distribution

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Kristen M. Steele
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ASHLAND, Ohio (November 16, 2015) – Bookmasters, one of the largest providers of integrated book publishing services in the U.S., has signed partnership agreements with Brill and Turpin Distribution.

Effective January 1, 2016, Bookmasters will provide print-on-demand (POD) services for Brill in North America in conjunction with Baker & Taylor’s print-to-order (PTO) program. In addition, Bookmasters will become the North American warehousing partner for Turpin Distribution, who oversees the worldwide distribution, customer service, and fulfillment of Brill’s journals and print books.

This partnership will mean faster fulfillment times for orders placed in the Americas, via trade and library channels as well as via individuals. In addition, gained efficiencies in print manufacturing and inventory management will provide a more streamlined approach to the distribution, customer service, and fulfillment for books and journals.

“Brill has long sought for a POD supplier based in the Americas that could live up to the level of quality our customers expect,” said Ove Kähler, director of product management and global distribution at Brill. “Bookmasters was able to deliver that level of quality, and Turpin was able to work with us to provide this service to this important customer base.”

“We are delighted that Turpin has been chosen as Brill’s global fulfillment partner,” said Neil Castle, commercial director at Turpin Distribution. “This new global partnership including the Americas builds upon many years of experience gained from supporting Brill in Europe and the rest of the world. We very much look forward to working closely with both Brill’s American trade partners and direct customers.”

“Our partnership with Brill fits well with the Bookmasters model, leveraging our POD book production for daily demand coupled with providing on-site inventory replenishment,” said Ken Fultz, general manager at Bookmasters. “We’re very pleased to also have been chosen as Turpin’s fulfilment partner in North America.”

“Baker & Taylor is thrilled to have Brill join the community of academic and scholarly publishers who participate in the Digital Print Solutions print-to-order program,” said Elizabeth Scarpelli, director of publisher services at Baker & Taylor. “We are eager to support them in their goals to maximize efficiencies in cost, workflow, and supply chain management.”

Brill is reaching out to customers to guide them through the transition. Visit for more information or email

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 243 journals and around 1,000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV.

About Turpin Distribution
Turpin Distribution is an international fulfillment and distribution company providing services to the academic, scholarly, and professional publishing industry. It provides bespoke solutions for book, journal, and online publishers. Turpin has a purpose-built UK head office located close to the A1M and two international airports. Their U.S. office is based in Connecticut and they employ more than 100 members of staff, the majority of whom who work in their customer service, finance, and warehouse departments.

About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. is the world’s largest distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., an institutional private equity fund managed by Castle Harlan, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm.
About Bookmasters
Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the U.S. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. To learn more, visit