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American Book Company is the largest wholesale distributor of remainder, promotional and bargain-priced books.

Our company was founded in 1997 by Dean Winegardner, who continues to serve as our CEO & Chairman. After operating a chain of 100+ bookstores for several years, Dean set out to form a wholesale Bargain Book business that had a steady and robust supply forged by strong relationships with the world’s top publishers. Being a retailer, he also knew what value-added services his customers yearned for and hired the most talented group of successful women and men assembled in the industry to innovate, serve & achieve new standards.

ABC offers high-quality titles, including many former bestsellers, at prices up to 90% off Publisher’s Retail. Each week, our inventory is added to and replenished by the hundreds, so our customers always have access to bestselling books from the world’s top authors.

We offer several formats including children’s picture flats & board books, hardcover novels, trade paper, mass-market paperback, and coffee table books. We also have our own children’s educational curriculum line and an adult puzzle book program. All of this adds up to an inventory of over 12,000 titles to choose from!

We source our books primarily from leading publishers such as Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, Perseus, and St. Martin’s Press, as well as dozens of other small publishers & distributors. We have a variety of customers including bookstores, supermarkets, drug and dollar stores, book fairs, discount chains, colleges, and more.

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.

Technology

We can label your books with either a simple retail price point or move up to a custom UPC barcode with graphics and we also offer custom assorting. These are all added services that you can pick and choose from. Additionally, we are EDI capable and have a dynamic ERP system, newly launched in 2020. This platform not only has advanced warehousing pick, pack & ship functionality to ensure fast and accurate order turnaround; it also offers a Customer Portal experience. Here, you can request quotes, view your orders, and manage your invoices.

Distribution & Logistics

From drop shipments to full trailer loads, we have you covered. In addition to complimentary order routing, our customers can take advantage of volume freight discounts by using our sister freight brokerage, American Distribution Services.

To learn more about American Distribution Services, please click here.

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

Supermarkets

Drugstores

College and University Bookstores

International

Christian Book Stores

Card, Gift, and Stationery Stores

School Book Fairs

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