What We Do

Bookmasters provides customized book publishing services to book publishers and authors.

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of customized publisher services in the United States. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered both à la carte and packaged services to book publishers and authors including book manufacturing (offset, short-run digital, POD), printed book sales and distribution, warehousing and fulfillment, eBook sales and distribution, and editorial and design services.

Bookmasters opened in 1972 with a primary focus on offset book manufacturing services. In the 1980s, Bookmasters expanded to offer composition, editorial, and design assistance, as well as book storage, book order fulfillment, and book distribution services. Bookmasters later completed the publisher services cycle by adding a marketing/sales services division and an eBook sales and distribution division.

Bookmasters is owned by Follett Corporation and is a strategic partner with Baker & Taylor, premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products.

Why book publishers and authors choose us:

  • Our commitment to do our best work for you on every project
  • Personal customer service from Ashland, Ohio, USA
  • The addition of our new digital inkjet book printing equipment in 2017
  • Flexibility: choose one of our services or bundle several of them to save time and money
  • We're a "one-stop shop" for the essential publishing services you need
  • Our focus on mid-size and larger publishers means exceptional quality and care at the highest levels
Ken Fultz

Ken Fultz

General Manager

Jonathan Ackerman

Jonathan Ackerman

Senior Vice President of Sales

David Bird

David Bird

Vice President of Finance

Tony Proe

Tony Proe

Vice President of National Accounts

Kristen Steele

Kristen Steele

Director of Marketing & Publisher Relations

Brad Sharp

Brad Sharp

Director of

Larisa Elt

Director of
Publisher Services

Brandon Steele

Director of
Information Technology

Dan Verdick

Director of
National Sales

Ben Taylor


Michelle Dougherty

Manager of Customer Service
& Order Entry

Sireena Slone

Manager of
Human Resources


We're proud to work with so many amazing publishers and authors (and are humbled by their compliments)!

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Bookmasters is not just a ‘vendor’ — they are a great member of our team and are always looking to move our press forward."

— Bryan D. Shaffer, Production & Marketing Manager, Purdue University Press

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Arcturus decided to work with Bookmasters because of their reach, competence, and flexibility. Bookmasters is keen to work with us in driving sales through distribution, special sales, and mass merchandisers. Furthermore, they offer an intelligent combination of stock holding, POD and short-run printing, and marketing of eBooks."

— Paul Byers, International Sales Manager, Arcturus Publishing

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From the moment I started to talk to them, I found Bookmasters to be professional. I found them very easy to talk to and they were immediately able to answer all my questions. This was something I did not find with many of the other publishing/printing companies."

— Julie Sormark, author and owner, Lanakila, LLC

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One of the best print jobs I’ve ever seen. Congratulations."

– Bruce Bortz, Bancroft Press, publisher of the New York Times Best Seller and People Magazine-featured The Missing Kennedy



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Our Publishers

Our publishers are the heart of our work. Learn more about a small sampling of them here by clicking on their logo.

Arcturus Publishing Limited logo
Christian Focus Publications logo
Flame Tree Publishing logo
I.B.Tauris logo
Islandport Press logo
Lexham logo
Purdue University Press logo
University of Akron Press logo
Walah! logo