Penguin Random House will distribute Marvel Comics to bookstores and comic book stores


Disney has just signed a long-term agreement with Penguin Random House for the distribution of comics and graphic novels to bookstores and comic book stores. Previously, Disney had deals with a few different companies, Diamond Comic Distributors for comic book retail stores and Hachette to get their titles into bookstores in North America. It really makes sense that all sales, returns, and wholesale transactions are handled by Penguin Random House, instead of two companies. PRH is the largest publishing house in the world and they have a distribution pact. This new agreement will enter into force in the spring of 2023.

Not only will this make Marvel comics readily available in stores across North America, but also Star Wars and Pixar. Disney is the largest publisher not to have its own distribution operation. According to NPD BookScan, the company’s share of print book unit sales was 1.7% through May 28, putting Disney only behind the Big 5 and Scholastic in market share.

Lisa M. Horner