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Raincoast Signs Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing for 2016

by Dan
News / April 27, 2015

Raincoast Books announced today that it will take over Canadian distribution of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing titles, effective January 1, 2016. Raincoast will handle sales, marketing and logistics for HMH trade titles to all Canadian customers.

Paddy Laidley, Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Raincoast said:

“HMH's industry reputation is renowned and its titles and authors recognized for their quality and appeal. We've been impressed by their offerings for many years, but also by the caliber of their people and the alignment of our shared values. Raincoast is delighted that our teams will now be working together to grow the HMH business in Canada.”

Laurie Brown, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HMH said: “We are excited by the potential to reach even more readers in partnering with Raincoast. We have been especially admiring of Raincoast's marketing outreach to the children's and young readers' markets and believe HMH and Raincoast will be a perfect fit.”

HMH’s Canadian customers will experience no immediate changes. Through to the end of 2015, customers can continue to order books from the current distributor — Thomas Allen. Instructions regarding transition details, including returns and ISBN prefixes, will be communicated to customers later this year, prior to the transition date of Jan 1, 2016.

My Favourite Book of 2014, Larisa Sviridova

by Alisha
December 03, 2014

If you are invited to someone’s house for the first time do you ever catch yourself picking through your host’s bookshelves and subconsciously judging their taste based on the selection of books on those shelves? I’ve done it! Even though reading preferences cannot be the only criteria for understanding someone, they could certainly tell you a lot about a person.

I enjoy asking people about the books they’ve read, reread or never finished reading. So does Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review. This is why I didn’t hesitate to buy the collection of interviews conducted and compiled by Pamela Paul in the beautiful hardcover edition By the Book, published by Henry Holt & Co in 2014. This book includes interviews with sixty-five interesting personalities such as writers David Mitchell, Jhumpa Lahiri, J.K.Rowling, John Grisham, Khaled Hosseini, John Irving, actors such as Emma Thompson or Arnold Schwarzenegger, and singers like Sting. It is fascinating to learn their reading preferences, their likes and dislikes, and the books which have had the greatest impact on them as individuals and professionals.

I learned that Jane Eyre remains a favorite literary character for Amy Tan; that of all the people in the world, Malcolm Gladwell would prefer to meet Shakespeare’s wife; that Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland had the greatest impact on Joyce Carol Oates; that James McBride has never read “the great Russian writers”; that the first and last horror book Dan Brown has ever opened was The Exorcist and that Sting is absolutely ignorant of self-help books. Oh! And Nicholson Baker likes reading diaries.

Even a devoted reader might have a few titles which they consider as “guilty pleasures” or a book, which would be just so alien, that it feels like they don’t belong to one’s shelf. Imagine writers have those too!

You will feel better if you know that there are books everybody is supposed to like, but the writers didn’t; or books everyone had read in the childhood but famous people did not. And of course, some celebrities might also have secrets: “Nothing can be compared to the excitement of a forbidden book”, admits Isabel Allende, who “discovered the irresistible mixture of eroticism and fantasy reading One Thousand and One Nights inside a closet with a flashlight”.

I wasn’t familiar with all the writers in this collection, even less so with the books they talk about. Needless to say, I now have a long to-read list and I can’t wait until my next visit to the library.

Job Posting: Inventory Coordinator

by Dan
Job Posting + News / March 13, 2014

Raincoast is looking for a highly organized individual with a love of spreadsheets to join our inventory team. The position requires strong analytical skills, a good eye for detail and the ability to communicate clearly. Raincoast will provide training on its own systems, but the successful applicant will be very comfortable with Excel and Word.

This position requires communication with client publisher staff, customs brokers and carriers, as well as Raincoast staff in sales, marketing, systems, finance and warehouse.

Regular Duties

Inventory control:

  • place initial seasonal orders with client publishers based on forecasts provided by the field sales director
  • reorder based on sales data
  • identify overstocks and communicate with client publishers regarding their disposal
  • work with warehouse to implement downsize measures

Database maintenance:

  • work with marketing department on new title uploads
  • maintain accurate title level data, particularly as availability dates and prices are subject to change
  • receive stock into the system
  • process stock returns

Research and reporting:

  • track shipments of key titles, including time-sensitive titles
  • investigate missing shipments
  • research discrepancies
  • monitor and sign off on customs and freight chargebacks

Vacation backup for other members of the team


  • Proficiency in Excel (level 2) and Word, with a high level of accuracy
  • Some experience with databases
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Related work experience: similar office work or book industry experience
  • Ability to work well with others

Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd, based Metro Vancouver, is one of the largest distributors of books in Canada. We have been in business for more than 30 years, selling, marketing and distributing our clients’ book and gift product to retailers, wholesalers and institutions across the country.

We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phones calls or agencies, please.

To apply, please email your resume to Paddy Laidley by March 25, 2014

Raincoast to Distribute Figure 1 Publishing

by Dan
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.

Raincoast To Distribute FSG Effective January 2013

by Dan
News / July 10, 2012

FSGFarrar, 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: Marketing Manager at Raincoast Books

by Dan
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:

Jamie Broadhurst
VP of Marketing
Raincoast Books

jamie [at] raincoast.com

We regret that we can only acknowledge applications from candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls or agencies, please.

My Favourite Book of 2011: Dan (Publicity)

by Dan
Design & Typography + Film / December 19, 2011

Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design

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. 

Distribution Change: Owlkids

by Dan
Kids + News / December 08, 2011

Effective January 1, 2012 Owlkids Books will be distributed in Canada by UTP
. Returns of Owlkids books will be accepted by UTP as of this date.

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

Raincoast Announces a New Freight Plan

by Dan
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 RaincoastPublishers 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.

Publicist Position at Raincoast

by Dan
Job Posting + News / July 07, 2011

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:

Jamie Broadhurst
Vice-President of Marketing
Raincoast Books

Tel: 604-448-7124

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