Brill Partners with Turpin, Bookmasters and Baker & Taylor


Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) – 16 November 2015

Brill announces partnership with Turpin Distribution, Bookmasters and Baker & Taylor to improve distribution, fulfilment and supply chain management in the Americas.

Brill is pleased to announce major improvements to distribution, fulfilment and supply chain management in the Americas. As of 1 January 2016, Turpin Distribution—Brill’s current distributor of journals and print books outside of the Americas—will be responsible for distribution, customer service and fulfilment worldwide. Also, Brill has signed up with Bookmasters to provide print-on-demand (POD) services for Brill in North America. Bookmasters will also be Turpin’s warehousing partner in that region. Last but not least, Brill decided to participate in Baker & Taylor’s Digital Print Solutions print-to-order (PTO) program, which also relies on the POD services of Bookmasters.

These major changes result in faster fulfilment times for orders placed in the Americas, via trade and library channels as well as via individuals, while offering greater efficiencies in print manufacturing and inventory management in response to changes in the demand for print books which will provide a streamlined approach to the distribution, customer service and fulfilment for books and journals.

“Brill has long sought for a POD supplier based in the Americas that could live up to the level of quality our customers expect,” said Ove Kähler, Director Product Management & Global Distribution, Brill. “Bookmasters was able to deliver that level of quality, and Turpin was able to work with us to provide this service to this important customer base.”

 “We are delighted that Turpin has been chosen as Brill’s global fulfilment partner,” said Neil Castle, Commercial Director, Turpin Distribution. “This new global partnership including the Americas builds upon many years of experience gained from supporting Brill in Europe and the Rest of the World. We very much look forward to working closely with both Brill’s American trade partners and direct customers.”

“Our partnership with Brill fits well with the Bookmasters model, leveraging our POD book production for daily demand coupled with providing on-site inventory replenishment,” said Ken Fultz, General Manager at Bookmasters. “We’re very pleased to also have been chosen as Turpin’s fulfilment partner in North America.”

“Baker & Taylor is thrilled to have Brill join the community of academic and scholarly publishers who participate in the Digital Print Solutions print-to-order program,” said Elizabeth Scarpelli, Director, Publisher Services, Baker & Taylor. “We are eager to support them in their goals to maximize efficiencies in costs, workflow, and supply chain management.”

Brill is now reaching out to customers to guide them through the transition. Visit for more information, or contact us at

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 243 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV.

About Turpin Distribution
Turpin Distribution have been supporting publishers for over 40 years, helping them to grow and develop their business for both print and digital publishing. Turpin is uniquely positioned to advise the academic, scholarly and professional publishing industry on the most efficient and cost effective fulfilment solutions for managing their business in a constantly changing market.

Turpin has a purpose-built UK Head Office centrally located only a short distance from London with easy access to major International airports.  Our US office is based in Connecticut.  We employ over 80 members of staff, the majority of whom work in our Customer Service, Finance and Warehouse departments.

About Bookmasters
Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial and design. To learn more, visit

About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, LLC is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., an institutional private equity fund managed by Castle Harlan, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm. For more information, please visit