Lookout Alabama signs bookstore distribution agreement

Barnes & Noble, Hastings and Gander Mountain among retailers offered under partnership with Ingram Periodicals

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Southern Appalachian Press, publisher of Lookout Alabama™ magazine, has signed a two-year distribution agreement with Ingram Periodicals, a leading direct distributor of specialty and general interest periodicals and books.

Under the agreement, Ingram Periodicals will offer Lookout Alabama to major national bookstore chains such as Barnes & Noble and Hastings as well as independently owned booksellers and specialty retailers including Gander Mountain, Jo-Ann Stores and REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.).

“We are very excited about partnering with Ingram Periodicals,” said Lookout Alabama Publisher Randy Grider. “This venture not only expands the distribution of Lookout Alabama into a much larger market, but also exposes the entire Lookout Mountain region to a much wider audience.”

Lookout Alabama began publishing in June with the overall goal of generating greater awareness of the Lookout Mountain region of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The inaugural issue included features on Little River Canyon National Preserve, country music hall-of-famer Jeff Cook of the supergroup Alabama, the Mentone Springs Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in Alabama, and various articles on local tourist attractions and artists. “The first issue was so well received that we’ve been extremely busy keeping up with demands for additional copies both locally and regionally,” Grider says. “But that is a problem we welcome. It tells us people are interested in the magazine and the area.”

About Lookout Alabama

Lookout Alabama is a quarterly, regional magazine whose mission is to celebrate and promote the unique culture, history and environmental treasures of the Lookout Mountain region, with a goal of facilitating job creation and economic development by increasing tourism and retirement to the area. The first issue of the magazine was published in June 2013. The staff of Lookout Alabama has more than 35 years of publishing experience. Publisher Randy Grider, a native of the Lookout Mountain area, started his career as a newspaper editor before taking the helm of a national trade magazine in 2000. Editor Olivia Grider has worked for newspapers, national trade publications and university publications. The Griders have earned numerous awards for newspaper and magazine journalism. They are the only husband and wife to each win the Jesse H. Neal Award – considered the Pulitzer Prize of business journalism – at different magazines.

About Ingram Periodicals

Ingram Periodicals is an authorized distributor to major bookstore chains, newsstands, specialty chains and independent booksellers, totaling close to 10,000 stores. Every day they serve retailers like Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Hollister, Jo-Ann Stores, Lifeway, REI and many others throughout the United States and Canada. For more than 55 years, the Ingram name has been associated with innovation and leadership in the distribution business. Ingram companies set the standard by which their competitors measure themselves. When it comes to customer service, product selection, marketing services and distribution excellence, Ingram is the leader.

Contact: Randy Grider
rgrider@lookoutalabama.com/205-534-0089