The Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books

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About the Author

Keel Hunt is the author of
The Family Business as well as two books on Tennessee
political history, and has been a columnist for the USA
Tennessee network since 2013. In his early career, he was a
journalist and Washington correspondent. He 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.

"Keel Hunt's history of the Ingrams unwinds the past to reveal the family, friends, and business associates who, together, influenced and impacted the book industry (and the arts). It's not just for locals, however, but for anyone interested in how dedication, risk-taking, and innovation can lead to major, long-term change and great success."
--Southern Bookseller Review

"Exceptionally well written, impressively comprehensive, meticulously researched, The Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books is essential reading for authors, publishers, book publicists, book sellers, distributors and wholesalers, as well as anyone in the book business and the world of media--as well as the bibliophile and non-specialist general reader wanting to understand how this vastly influential publishing industry really works, as well as the ways in which today's electronic information technologies are transforming the world. . . . An essential, core addition to community, college and university library Writing/Publishing collections."
--Midwest Book Review

"The Family Business is must reading for any student of book publishing--regardless of your role in the industry ecosystem."
--Publishing Research Quarterly

"This long-overdue business biography tells the inside story of a great American family-owned business, one that has an impressive 50-year history by any standard."
--Independent Publisher

"Hunt, an advisor to the Ingram family since 1995, gives an inside look at the Ingram Content Group, one of the publishing industry's key players, in this comprehensive account. . . Anyone interested in learning about the modern history of book publishing would do well to check this out."
--Publishers Weekly

"There's one company responsible for bringing just about every book you've ever read into your life, and you may not even know it exists. In The Family Business, author and journalist Keel Hunt charts the history and contributions of Ingram Content Group, a little-known, family-owned business based in Tennessee that has shaped the publishing world for 50 years."

"The Family Business is a somewhat timeless story of the twists and turns in one business' life, and the lessons that can be learned from it."
--Clear Purpose

"Meticulously documented. . . It is a great story, a great education in the book business, and a book everyone in the business of books should own."
--Porchlight Books

"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

"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 Content Group celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year and is commemorating the occasion with the publication of The Family Business