Disney Publishing Worldwide, Marvel Publishing, and Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS), a division of trade publisher Penguin Random House, today announced a multi-year exclusive worldwide sales and distribution agreement for Disney’s newly published and backlist adult and children’s physical books across all mass, trade and independent bookselling sales channels. Distribution commences April 1, 2023.
This arrangement expands the PRHPS relationship with Marvel, begun in October 2021, to now also distribute Marvel collected editions and graphic novels to trade bookstore retailers and wholesalers.
Penguin Random House’s state-of-the-art supply chain, with its four national distribution facilities, its technology, and the decades of experience of its sales and fulfillment teams, will serve the Disney and Marvel titles through its outreach to physical retail customers.
Since 1930, when Walt Disney published his first comic strip, Disney classic tales have been treasured by millions around the world. Today, Disney Publishing creates award-winning books for core Disney franchises, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, 20th Century Studios, Andscape and National Geographic and publishes original books from renowned, best-selling authors.
“As we continue to grow our imprints, expand our audiences, and build our slate of diverse, bestselling authors and artists, we are thrilled to work with PRH’s best in class sales and operational team who can truly help our business reach new heights, and ensure our books and graphic novels find their way into readers’ hands and hearts,” said Tonya Agurto, Disney Publishing Worldwide’s SVP, publisher, of the new relationship.
Jeff Abraham, President of PRHPS, said, “As great believers in the future of physical retail, we couldn’t be more excited by this opportunity to grow the bookstore market for Disney Publishing and Marvel imprints, franchises, and brands, with booksellers nationwide and worldwide, for the stories readers want. We will enjoy supporting our creative partners—the authors and illustrators whose brilliant storytelling is developed with their outstanding publishers—in bringing their works to the widest readership with our standard-setting supply chain and passionate, experienced sales teams.”