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Aerial view of American Distribution warehouse

American Book Company (ABC) is proud to a part of the Book Depot family.

ABC was founded in 1997 as a wholesale Bargain Book distributor with a steady and robust supply, forged by strong partnerships with the world’s top publishers. We have prided ourselves on pioneering exceptional value-added services for our clients and hiring the most talented group of successful women & men assembled in the industry to innovate, serve & achieve new standards. All of this led to our offering of third-party logistics services for retailers within and outside of the publishing industry.

In December 2021, ABC was acquired by Book Depot out of Thorold, Ontario, Canada. As friendly business partners for many years, combining our efforts allowed us to integrate our talented staffs and set out to accomplish more, together. Book Depot is continuing to focus on its Direct-to-Consumer and Wholesale excellence, while ABC continues its Retail Distribution and has set out to become North America’s largest Book Returns processing center.

Our Corporate office is in Knoxville, TN, and our Distribution Center of over 900,000 sq. ft. is in Jefferson City, TN (pictured above).

Packaging, Display, & Design

If you have concerns or needs about how to merchandise your Bargain Books, we have solutions. One of our greatest strengths is the ability to help design promotional programs based on our industry knowledge and help you execute them. We have a host of corrugated displays ranging from PDQ’s to Floor Stands, to Full Pallet Treasure Bins. For these displays, we offer graphics options such as value statements and seasonal designs.

Reverse Logistics

From Returns Processing to Recycling, we can custom tailor a reverse logistics program to meet your needs. We offer integrated credit file preparation & reporting, book refurbishment, carton & pallet build, and storage to ensure fast & efficient cycle times for your returns. Lastly, due to ABC & Book Depot’s wholesale businesses, we’re uniquely positioned to either purchase your returns or help you find a new home for them – all of this to say we’re “Bringing Books Back to Life.”


ABC is EDI capable and operates from a dynamic ERP system, newly launched in 2020. Our WMS features advanced warehousing pick, pack & ship functionality to ensure fast and accurate order turnaround. We also offer additional value-added services such as custom UPC barcode product labeling, GS1-128 carton labeling, and custom assorting & pack-out.

The mission of American Book Company is to satisfy the needs of our suppliers and customers for cost effective, high quality services.

Partnerships With Our Suppliers and Customers

Continuous Quest for Excellence

Uncompromising Integrity

Growth Through Diversity & Opportunity

Our Account Base Includes…

Individual and Chain Bookstores

Discount Department Chains

Bargain Outlets and Wholesale Clubs



College and University Bookstores


Christian Book Stores

Card, Gift, and Stationery Stores

School Book Fairs

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