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Simon & Schuster and Reader’s Digest Expand Distribution Relationship to Include Adult Titles

Simon & Schuster and Reader’s Digest Expand
Distribution Relationship to Include Adult Titles

New York, NY (December 5, 2013) - Simon & Schuster, Inc., and The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. today announced an agreement for Simon & Schuster to handle sales and fulfillment for all Adult frontlist and backlist titles published by Reader’s Digest. The agreement is effective January 1, 2014.

The agreement, which covers U.S. and Canada, expands upon the longstanding relationship between the two companies for the sales and distribution of Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing titles, which Simon & Schuster has handled since 1999.

Reader’s Digest Association is a leading publisher of books on health and diet, humor, cooking, home repair, gardening, consumer awareness, and real life stories. The company publishes books under some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including the flagship Reader’s Digest and Taste of Home, which launched its successful cookbook program in 2005.

“We are delighted to continue our productive relationship with Reader’s Digest, and to further our association with the inclusion of their very popular adult lines,” said Steve Black, Vice President, Client Services for Simon & Schuster. “This expansion of our relationship is a natural progression given our previous success together, and we look forward to growing sales for all Reader’s Digest titles, both children’s and adult.”

“Our sales team has many years of experience and excellent results bringing Reader’s Digest children’s books to readers,” said Michael Selleck, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Simon & Schuster. “We are deeply familiar with the power of its brand in the marketplace and can’t wait to put that knowledge to work on behalf of Reader’s Digest adult titles.”

“We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Simon and Schuster for our children's brands and are thrilled to be working closely with their entire team,” says Harold Clarke, President and Publisher of Reader's Digest Books and Home Entertainment. “Expanding the relationship to include our adult imprints was the next logical step. They have an incredibly talented staff whose enthusiasm for our brands and books will surely grow our adult trade program while providing great service to our customers.”

Reader’s Digest adult titles have previously been distributed by Penguin in the United States and sold by Ampersand, Inc. and distributed by Georgetown Terminal Warehouses (GTW) in Canada.

Thursday, December 5, 2013