The mission of the Educational Book and Media Association is to foster a unique community that brings together a wide range of wholesalers and publishers in order to address the ever changing book & media buying needs of the educational marketplace.
EBMA, formerly known as the Educational Paperback Association, or EPA, was founded in 1975, most specifically to encourage the use of paperback books in classrooms from preschool to college and in school and public libraries. Today our members continue to be at the forefront of innovation in the classroom as new media are being introduced.
Founded by Jeremiah Ludington of Ludington News Company in Detroit, Michigan, EBMA is committed to developing better techniques and procedures for the sales, marketing, and distribution of paperback books, prebound books and related media in the school and library markets. Our wholesaler members offer schools and libraries volume discounts on a wide selection of titles, representing the major publishers and important small presses that publish for the educational market.
The Association holds an annual meeting for both wholesalers and publishers in January that is educational in nature.
The Jeremiah Ludington Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the paperback book business.
The board of directors carries on the work of the association at several meetings throughout the year. EBMA has encouraged and fostered an unusual spirit among its members, who learn from each other and meet to improve their knowledge of the market.
MEMBERSHIP IN EBMA
EBMA membership is open to any wholesale distributor in the educational paperback and prebound book business.
EBMA welcomes as associate members those publishers and national distributors who are committed to the educational book business through the wholesale members.
For more information about membership, click here or call us at 540-318-7770.
CURRENT LEADERSHIP OF EBMA
||Gene Bahlman of Follett Library Resources in McHenry, IL
||Jennifer Allen, The Booksource
To view our full list of EBMA board of directors, please click here