Name of company:

Books at Manic

Contact(s) and details:

Sonya Jeffery

Address and location:

PO Box 8, Carlton North, VIC 3054 Australia

16a Linden St, Brunswick East, Vic 3057. Near the corner of Lygon St and Glenlyon

20 mins by car N of Melbourne CBD

Website address:

Geographical coverage:

Australia and some NZ

General description including areas of specialism, if any:

  • A leading independent distributor of books on contemporary culture, specialising
    in architecture, art, design and lifestyle
  •  Also covering children’s, travel
  • Clients include UK, US, German, Japanese publishers
  • A strength is that sales staff have relevant subject background and detailed market knowledge.
  • ‘We are very service-orientated. We provide personal customer service and advice for customers and fast supply from publication date.’
  • Targeting independent bookshops and specialist shops including museums and
    design/gift shops, do not supply Discount Department Stores, Department Stores

Warehousing facility and location:

On site

Policy and criteria for distributed list selection, if any:

  • Receptive to lists, including those of niche interest, within Books at Manic’s areas
    of specialism as above
  • Keen on focused lists with medium title-count

Sales and marketing team details:

3 full-time sales people, back-up with email,
telesales, visually-focused newsletters, monthly new release lists; social media marketing activity.

Customer base:

300+, 100 core, 40-50 key accounts

Normal business model(s) for distributor trading:

Buy and sell

Stocking and replenishment policy:

Twice-weekly air freight ex-UK, with sea freight also used, and drop shipments from Asia; 50% of titles on database kept in

Use of local printing and Print on Demand (POD):


Lead times for new title information ahead of overseas pub:


Attendance at international bookfairs:

FBF every 2-3 years, LBF in some intervening years

Sales conference season if any:

Two seasons based on the northern hemisphere Spring and Autumn/Fall