For over 40 years, Cordee has provided a sales and distribution service for a variety of worldwide publishers - getting books, maps and guides to the booktrade and outdoor trade in the UK & Europe. We supply books to outdoor shops, book shops, wholesalers, library suppliers and non-traditional book markets. We have become Europe's largest specialist distributor of outdoor titles - there's nothing else quite like Cordee.

Cordee currently represents around 80 publishers on an exclusive basis, ensuring that their books are in the shops at the right time. Our list of consignment publishers includes:­


  • Only In Guides from The Urban Explorer
  • Odyssey travel guides
  • Low Pressure - Stormrider surfing guides
  • The Alpine Club
  • Pesda Press - canoe & kayak guides
  • Baton Wicks
  • Pocket Mountains
  • British Mountaineering Council
  • The Ramblers 
  • The Climbers Club
  • Scottish Mountaineering Trust
  • Mousehold Press
  • Sustrans- cycle guides
  • Rockfax climbing guides 

Cordee also represents many smaller UK and worldwide publishers who have niche, quality books, guides or maps and who are unable to get their titles to the retailers.

The Deal

Our standard service to our consignment publishers offers the following:­

  • Stockholding - bulk stock is delivered to our warehouse where it remains the property of the publisher.
  • Sales management service - taking care of customer orders, deliveries and invoicing.
  • Monthly reporting - giving dues, goods sold, and stock level information.

Marketing and sales representation

  • A publisher's title is listed on our website/catalogue and in our widely circulated monthly Newsletter.
  • We support the marketing efforts of the publisher through our own marketing team who can advise on an effective plan of action and help prepare sales material.
  • We represent our publishers at trade shows such as the key bookfairs in London and Frankfurt, and outdoor shows.
  • Cordee works closely with the outdoor trade with regular face-to-face meetings with key customers to review our publishers' titles.
  • We have contacts with trade, magazine & national press book reviewers who regularly receive review copies and press releases from us.

Amazon Advantage

Cordee now has a well-established Advantage distributor account with Amazon and, by agreement with our publishers, we manage the Amazon relationship on the publisher's behalf.

If you are interested in becoming one of Cordee's consignment publishers, please contact jim@cordee.co.uk .

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