Book Distribution

The Books Council of Wales’s Distribution Centre provides a wholesale distribution service for the book trade in Wales.

Our purpose-built Centre houses an extensive stock of Welsh-language books and Welsh books in English.

At any time, there are up to half a million books in our warehouse, ready and waiting to be distributed across Wales and beyond.   

Upwards of 1,300 new Welsh-language and English-language titles of interest to Wales are published every year.

The Distribution Centre aims to keep in stock every Welsh-interest title possible, where publishers are able to offer wholesale terms.

Publishers with suitable titles to offer may contact the Head of the Sales and Marketing Department, Helena O’Sullivan.

Helena O’Sullivan
Head of the Sales and Information Department
Books Council of Wales
Unit 16 Glanyrafon Enterprise Park Llanbadarn Fawr
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3AQ
Tel: 01970 624455
Email: helena.osullivan@books.wales

  • Terms and conditions for distributing are 55% of the retail price of every copy on a full sale or return basis, with an initial stock of 30 copies; invoices will be paid after 12 months only. If you accept these terms, please send a copy of your book, together with your contact details, to Helena O’Sullivan . The Department will then decide whether the Books Council of Wales will stock your book. Should a decision be made not to stock your book, it can still be listed on the www.gwales.com website as available from the publisher only.
  • The Books Council of Wales operates as a distributor only, and it is the responsibility of the author / publisher to promote and market the book.
  • Information about every title held in stock at the Distribution Centre can be found on the Council’s information and ordering site, www.gwales.com.
  • Over 800 outlets have accounts at the Distribution Centre. A next-day delivery service is provided if orders are received before 12 noon. There is a delivery charge on orders to the value of less than £66.66 net. Booksellers may apply to open an account by contacting the address below.
  • The Distribution Centre distributes books on behalf of 350 publishers. For a select list of publishers in Wales, visit the Welsh Book Trade Information site.
  • Almost 600,000 items were sold through the Books Council of Wales’ Distribution Centre in 2019-20.
  • The Distribution Centre is self-supporting and receives no direct subsidy from public funds.

All wholesale distribution enquiries should be addressed to:

Arwel Evans (Head)
Books Council of Wales Distribution Centre
Unit 16 Glanyrafon Enterprise Park
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3AQ
Tel: 01970 624455
Fax: 01970 625506
E-mail: distribution.centre@books.wales