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SPD was founded in 1969 by legendary Bay Area independent bookseller Peter Howard (Serendipity Books) and legendary Bay Area bookseller/publisher/editor Jack Shoemaker (Unicorn, Sand Dollar, North Point, Pantheon/Knopf, Counterpoint).  At the time we carried only five small publishers. SPD is now the nation's only exclusively literary nonprofit book distributor, serving over 400 small and independent presses, the majority of which have no other source of distribution. 120+ of SPD publishers are in California, 80+ are in New York, the rest are spread throughout the US, with several in Canada, the UK, and in Europe. SPD sells independent literature in every state in the country and to many locations in the world.

In the last year (2014-2015), books sales topped $1,750,000. Of these sales, approximately 60% were poetry. SPD sold 164,963 books in the period.

SPD's best sellers over the last year represent a diverse cross-section of the literary world. Most were poetry but many of the top books were fiction, and a couple were non-fiction. Of the 100 top selling titles, over a third were by writers of color.  Eight of the top 100 were anthologies.  Of the remaining 92 books precisely half were by women.

In 2014-2015, SPD's customer base was comprised of 24% wholesalers and jobbers, 18% university and college bookstores, 18% independent bookstores, 20% online booksellers, 7% direct to individuals, 6% direct to libraries, 3% to chain stores, and 4% other (mostly foreign sales).

SPD is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has 9 full-time and 3 part-time staff and is governed by a board of directors. The directors can be found listed here.

2014-2015's Top 10 Titles:

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