Printed Matter offers distribution services on behalf of artists in three primary ways: through our Chelsea storefront, our online catalog, and at various offsite events throughout the world. We distribute 32,000 artists’ publications annually and believe the dissemination of artists publications is one of the best ways to bring increased understanding, appreciation and visibility to the field. The physical circulation of these publications as democratically produced, affordable, and broadly available works is a central element of the medium itself, giving these books life in a socially aware, real-world context.

An open submission policy is at the core of our effort to present a diverse range of material from the broadest community possible. This policy invites any artists and publishers to submit their work to be considered for sale in the shop. Artists’ books that are taken into stock are sold on consignment, with the aim of returning as much of the proceeds back to artists as possible. Beyond the sales of these works, we are continually looking for ways to showcase and promote the work of artists represented in our inventory, including through the storefront, this website, and via Printed Matter’s social media networks.

In addition to showcasing books at the Printed Matter storefront, we also distribute titles at our NY Art Book Fair (27,000 visitors annually) and LA Art Book Fair (16,000 visitors annually), and various art fairs throughout the world.

We also offer wholesale distribution services to booksellers in New York and around the world.