News / February 26, 2013
Chris Labonté, Peter Cocking and Richard Nadeau, three former senior managers with D&M Publishers, have founded a new publishing house: Figure 1 Publishing. Together, they bring more than forty years of publishing experience to the new venture, as well as a national network of top-quality writers, editors, designers, and photographers.
Figure 1 will offer organizations and individuals a full suite of high quality publishing services in both print and digital formats, and will distribute their books widely throughout the North American retail market.
Labonté says: “We learned our stock in trade at a publisher that was renowned for quality, and we intend to carry on that tradition in bold and creative ways.”
Figure 1 will focus on a handful of core publishing strands: art & architecture, food & wine, lifestyle, illustrated history and business books. They are working on projects with several clients already, including museums, art galleries, restaurants, and corporations.
“Our goal is to become the premier publisher of high quality illustrated books in the country,” Cocking said. “What we’re doing is different, I think, than anyone now publishing in this country. Think Chronicle Books, or Rizzoli—certainly those are influences.”
Figure 1 is securing U.S. and international distribution and will be distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books, who will also provide sales representation and marketing. Nadeau said that, “Raincoast is a fantastic distributor and we are delighted to be working with them. With their strong nationwide sales and marketing teams, we feel we’ve got the perfect partner.” Figure 1 will publish its first list of titles in Fall 2013.
News / July 10, 2012
Farrar, Straus and Giroux has announced, effective January 2013, the FSG list and Graywolf titles will be sold to independent and college bookstores, Costco.ca, library wholesalers, and special markets accounts by Raincoast Book Distribution in Canada. All other Canadian trade accounts, including Indigo and Amazon.ca, will be handled directly by Macmillan.
Raincoast is currently the Canadian distributor for all other Macmillan publishers, including St. Martin's Press, Henry Holt, and Tor Books, as well as select distributees. Raincoast will also be responsible for marketing and publicity for FSG titles in Canada, consistent with their current arrangement with Macmillan.
Since 1997 FSG has been distributed in Canada by Douglas & McIntyre. Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of FSG, explained that after a long and mutually beneficial relationship with D&M, the time had come to consolidate in Canada with the other Macmillan companies. "We have enormous respect and affection for D&M and its chairman, Scott McIntyre, who have been wonderful partners over the course of our long association," Galassi stated. Scott McIntyre of D&M added, "FSG is one of the most distinguished publishing houses of its time, and it has been a great honor to have been associated with their books, their authors, and their people over so many years."
D&M will continue to sell and distribute the fall 2012 list for FSG. Macmillan and Raincoast will begin selling the FSG winter 2013 list in August 2012, and orders for these titles should be placed with Macmillan and Raincoast, respectively.
D&M will accept FSG returns through March 31, 2013.
Job Posting / March 19, 2012
Raincoast Books, based in Richmond, B.C., is seeking a marketing manager to start in April.
Raincoast is the Canadian distributor for 25 English language publishers and we emphasize the role of new technology in our sales and marketing work. We are looking for a creative and organized professional with a wide range of marketing experience who has excellent communication and technical skills.
Our marketing manager works with our graphic designer to develop channel marketing materials, and plans marketing campaigns in conjunction with our VP of Marketing, publicists, and senior sales people. The marketing manager also plays a key role in the development and maintenance of our proprietary digital catalogue application.
There will be some national and international travel involved and the possibility of managing staff.
The successful candidate will possess:
- superior writing and copyediting skills
- project management and scheduling experience
- a basic proficiency in HTML
- a minimum of three years of relevant media, marketing, publishing or senior book retailing experience
The following technical skills will be an asset:
- inDesign and Photoshop experience
- a familiarity with FTP clients
- a familiarity with Filemaker Pro 11
- an understanding of how scripting languages can improve workflow and create shortcuts
Candidates should send their résumé and cover letter by March 26 to:
VP of Marketing
We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls or agencies, please.
The bookstore I used to work at has sadly gone the way of many great independent bookstores in Canada and shuttered-up shop. It used to be on Toronto's Queen West in the days when the street was, well, "grungier" for want of a better word.
If you don't know the area, the store was near the Art & Design District and the Fashion District. It was right above Blackmarket, a vintage t-shirt store, across the street from MuchMusic, and around the corner from the AGO and OCAD. It rubbed shoulders with boutique stores like Fluevog, small eclectic music stores, a hip urban bike shop and 24-hour grocery store. The owner loved the Beats and was a film critic on the side. Unsurprisingly, a lot of our customers were interested in art, design, film, music, photography and style.
One thing I would get asked quite frequently (apart from "where's the washroom?", "can you turn the music down?" and "where have they towed my car?") was "do you have any books on Saul Bass?"
Along side Paul Rand, Saul Bass was one of the greatest designers of the 20th Century. Even if you don't recognise the name, you would certainly recognise Bass' distinctive (and much imitated) work on films like Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Otto Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. And if you don't, you should: they revolutionized film title sequences.
If that weren't enough, Bass also designed logos and corporate identities for AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines, Minolta and the Girl Scouts of America.
His output was remarkable.
Strangely, there were no (zero, zip, nada) books available on Bass for the longest time. It seemed almost unbelievable and customers would always look at me skeptically when I told them there was nothing on the shelves. I have to admit that most times I didn't even bother to look it up (which may have contributed to the skepticism) but that's because I knew there weren't any — I would be first in line if there was. You see, I love Saul Bass' work, especially his film work and his use of hand-drawn lettering. Bass' work is truly like no one else's. He was a design original.
You can imagine, then, how excited I heard about Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design. From seeing it in the Lawrence King catalogue in April to when it was published last month, there was little doubt what my favourite book would be this year. Designed by Bass' daughter Jennifer, written by design historian Pat Kirkham, and weighing in at over 400 pages, the book doesn't disappoint. It is STILL the only book on Bass's work and is must-have for anyone interested in the history of design or film.
If you're only going to buy one honking great big book on American mid-century modern design for your coffee table this year, make sure it's this one. I'm just sorry my old bookstore isn't there to sell it to you.
Raincoast Books will also accept returns of Owlkids product until March 31, 2012.
Canadian sales will be handled by ampersand inc., formerly known as Kate
Walker & Company.
Owlkids Books and Maple Tree Press ISBN prefixes are:
New distribution contact information:
University of Toronto Press
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON, M3H 5T8
(PH) 1-800-565-9523 (North America) / (416) 667-7791
(FAX) 1-800-221-9985 (North America) / (416) 667-7832
News / July 21, 2011
Effective immediately, Raincoast has dropped the free shipping minimum for book retailers from $400 to $250 net invoice value. Note that this minimum is tied to INVOICE value, not ORDER value and that Raincoast, Publishers Group Canada and Book Express orders consolidate to meet this minimum.
Booksellers need not save their orders to meet the $250 free freight minimum. Simply call Raincoast customer service at 1-800-663-5714 or 604-448-7100 and ask that your account be set to a $250 ship minimum threshold. We will take care of the rest.
Please note that the freight minimum is not to be confused with the minimum order for regular discount, which remains at $250 retail.
Raincoast Book Distribution is made up of two full-service sales and marketing distribution divisions; Raincoast Books in Vancouver and Publishers Group Canada in Toronto, along with Book Express, a wholesale division that drives our customer service standard. Our benchmark is same day shipping for all orders received by 11:00AM. Rain or shine.
Raincoast Books is looking for a publicist based in either Vancouver or Toronto to cover a twelve-month maternity leave. The contract would start Monday July 26.
The successful candidate will possess superior written and verbal skills, a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant field and a valid driver’s license. Experience with social media, media relations and design and layout software is an asset. The position will also involve the creation of e-newsletters so strong copyediting skills are a must. Traditional publicity aspects of the job will focus on Travel, Health, Business, Memoir and Politics and Current Affairs categories.
Raincoast Books is a national full-service sales and marketing book distributor for over 20 client publishers from across Canada and around the world. Raincoast has offices in Vancouver and Toronto and the successful candidate will work out of our Vancouver head office or from home office in Toronto.
As Publicist, the successful candidate will work with three other publicists and the VP Marketing in organizing national tours and securing print and electronic coverage for authors in Canada and around the world. The successful candidate will also work with entire publicity and marketing department in creating six monthly e-newsletters.
This position is ideally suited for a candidate who has a passion for a wide range of publishing genres and who is self-motivated and can work on many projects simultaneously.
Candidates should send their résumé and cover letter by July 18 to:
Vice-President of Marketing
News / July 06, 2011
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING RETURNS OF MACMILLAN PRODUCT ORIGINALLY BOUGHT FROM HB FENN
In May, Macmillan sent out a letter regarding returns from Canadian customers, directing customers to return books to their returns depot in Thorold, Ontario.
This letter is available here (PDF).
Fenn’s receivers are working to credit returns against amounts still owing to Fenn. This is part of a legal process over which Raincoast has no control. Raincoast is not legally allowed to credit customers for books bought from HB Fenn at this time, as any credits currently owing are meant to be included in the bankruptcy estate. It is our understanding from Macmillan’s letter that the receivers plan to process returns received up until August 12, 2011.
Raincoast will, after August 12, accept customer returns of Macmillan product that we now distribute subject to our usual returns policy, as long as it was bought from Fenn within 12 months of the returns date.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
For your information, Macmillan’s returns depot is at:
MPS Returns Centre,
c/o Book Depot
67 Front Street North
Thorold ON L2V 1X3
Raincoast has been abuzz in all departments this week, getting everything set up for our new distribution partner, Macmillan.
The warehouse is looking really good, especially with the addition of yet more shelving... And if you love books, you know that new bookshelves really are exciting!
Lots of new space ... soon to be filled up by all those great Macmillan books coming in!
MACMILLAN ANNOUNCES RAINCOAST AS SALES AND DISTRIBUTION PARTNER IN CANADA FOR INDEPENDENT, LIBRARY AND SPECIALTY ACCOUNTS
June 9, 2011 — Raincoast Books has reached agreement in principle with New York-based Macmillan U.S. to handle sales, fulfillment and marketing for the Macmillan imprints previously sold by H.B. Fenn and Company in Canada.
Raincoast will be responsible for the independent bookstore, library, and specialty markets as well as for Costco Canada. Farrar, Straus & Giroux will continue to be sold by Douglas & McIntyre in Canada.
Both companies will begin the transition immediately. Raincoast will be responsible for selling in Macmillan’s fall lists and books will be available to ship from Raincoast in early July.
In a unique arrangement to increase efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, larger Raincoast accounts located in the eastern half of Canada will receive books directly from Macmillan’s Gordonsville, Virginia warehouses. The sales, billing and customer service for those shipments will remain with Raincoast in Vancouver.
John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan said, “We are pleased to have found an excellent business partner in Raincoast for Canada. Raincoast has a stellar reputation, knows the market and was creative in helping us find ways to make the fulfillment portion of the agreement more sustainable.”
Alison Lazarus, President of Sales added, “We met with many fine companies in Canada, but Raincoast’s systems and reporting strength, adept and creative marketing, modern warehouse and network of award-winning sales representatives made them a great fit. We are looking forward to working closely with them to renew our strong Canadian sales.”
John Sawyer, CEO of Raincoast said, “In discussion with Macmillan it soon became apparent that the two companies share common values; total focus on customer service, respect for the environment and great optimism about the future of quality publishing. Our partnership with Macmillan sends a strong signal about the book market in Canada and the importance of Canadian customers.”
Paddy Laidley, Executive Vice-President of Sales & Marketing agrees. “The independent and specialty market in Canada has always been core to our business. We choose our distribution partners carefully; for the quality of their publishing, how they fit with our other publishers and the way they do business. We look for companies that can make us better at what we do. Macmillan fits the bill perfectly.”
Macmillan is a global publisher of books, magazines, textbooks, scientific information and digital content and services. In the U.S., the group includes Farrar,Straus & Giroux; Henry Holt; St. Martin's Press; Tor Books; Picador; Macmillan Audio; Bedford St. Martin's; W.H. Freeman; Worth Publishers; i-clicker; Hayden-McNeil; Palgrave Macmillan; Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; and Scientific American Magazine.
Macmillan is a subsidiary of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, GMbH, a global media company based in Stuttgart, Germany.
Founded in 1979, Raincoast offers full-service sales and marketing expertise for leading publishers from Canada and around the world, along with a wholesale division that drives our customer service standard. Raincoast has been awarded an Ethics in Action Award for Environmental Excellence for our commitment to sustainable environmental practices and has been voted Distributor of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers Association more times than any other publisher or distributor.