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. 

EBMA publishes a newsletter quarterly, click here for archived issues. 


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.

EBMA and its members abide by the EBMA Anti-Trust policy, adopted by the EBMA Board of Directors in 2013. EBMA maintains a set of bylaws available to its members. 

For more information about membership, click here or call us at 540-318-7770. 


President: Benjamin Conn, Classroom Library Co.             

Vice President:Marin Foster, Baker & Taylor
 Secretary:Don Reinbold, Follett School Solutions

Treasurer:  Susan Marston, Junior Library Guild
To view our full list of EBMA board of directors, please click here.

Educational Book & Media Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 3363, Warrenton, VA 20188
Ph. 540-318-7770


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