The Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books

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9.2 X 6.2 X 1.1 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Keel Hunt is the author of two books on Tennessee political history and has been a columnist for the USA Today Tennessee network since 2013. In his early career, he was a journalist and Washington correspondent. He has been an adviser to the Ingram family and Ingram businesses since 1995 and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media in addition to being a businessman, speaker, writer, and trailblazer in the field of computers and technology. He has written and published technical books to inform business strategy with the evolving world today.


"We often take companies like Ingram for granted, they are a mostly invisible part of how the economy operates. Yet the role they play is crucial for entrepreneurs and large companies alike. Ingram turbocharged our entry into an existing distribution ecosystem. All of this makes me appreciate Ingram even more deeply. Ingram is a company that has always served its partners, growing as we grow and never at our expense. Reading this history I learned how Ingram's process of constant reinvention began long before the current era. This is a story rich in both inspiration and practical lessons for any business that intends to stick around for the long haul."--Tim O'Reilly, founder, CEO, and Chairman of O'Reilly Media (from the foreword)
"My longstanding respect and appreciation for Ingram's enormous contributions to book publishing have always been matched by curiosity over how this privately-held company came to be so essential to our business for so long. As only an insider can do so authoritatively, Keel Hunt has entertainingly relayed so much I never would have known about the story of the Ingram family and organization, and their indelible impact on the book economy and our culture."--Madeline McIntosh, CEO, Penguin Random House US
"Ingram has proven itself time and again to be an ideal partner--trustworthy, innovative, resourceful, relentlessly self-improving, and even visionary. Reading The Family Business, it is a deep pleasure to see the creativity and commitment to principle through which the company's leaders forged its present-day excellence. The book is a history of our industry as well as of one company, and the accounts of Ingram's navigation of crises and opportunities provide business lessons that I will carry forward gratefully."--Michael Pietsch, CEO, Hachette Book Group
"Comprehensive account . . . an inside look at one of the publishing industry's key players. . . Anyone interested in learning about the modern history of book publishing would do well to check this out."--Publisher's Weekly