About Us

Welcome to Connect Books, a leading UK book wholesaler, library supplier and publisher distribution business.

Connect Books, a leading UK book wholesaler, operating at the heart of the book industry and striving to exceed the expectations of our customers every day. Bertrams was founded by the late Elsie Bertram MBE and her son Kip, as a small Norwich-based book supply business operating out of an old chicken shed. Now part of Connect Group PLC, Bertrams has developed into a dynamic, international book supplier, with a purpose-built distribution site, operating in over 100 countries.  Bertrams comprises a number of divisions – Bertram Books, Dawson Books, Houtschild, Erasmus, Bertram Library Services and Bertram Publisher Services – each with a team offering experience and expertise in all aspects of our business and serving the needs of our diverse customer base.

Bertram Books

A specialist in trade wholesale supply, we work with booksellers of all kinds throughout the world to ensure their customers receive their books as required. Bertrams provides services in accordance with our customers’ needs – whether it’s our bespoke bookshop management system Bertline 10, or the Independent Booksellers Group initiative for our independent customers, or efficient direct fulfilment to improve speed of supply for internet retailers. We also work with newspapers, media partners and high street retailers to develop innovative solutions to maximise sales on the high street, online or other routes to market.

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Dawson Books

Dawson Books is the leading UK academic book supplier, and works with academic institutions and libraries across the globe. With many years of experience and insight in this specialised area, Dawson has developed a range of products and services with our customers in mind – these include dawsonera, the fast-growing academic ebook platform, dawsonenter, the purchasing portal of choice for librarians for physical books, or other services such as approval plans, Presto! – where you just can’t wait – and sourcing out of print and rare titles. Dawson meets the individual needs of our customers, whether book servicing is required or not, and with offices in the UK, France and Spain and reps around the world, our sales team can support you wherever you are.

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Houtschild and Erasmus

Acquired by the Bertram Group in 2012 and 2013 respectively, Houtschild and Erasmus are two of continental Europe’s most highly regarded academic library suppliers, selling English and non-English language books and journals to customers across Europe and the world. Dedicated to customer service, these Dutch-based businesses excel in finding the right books for you and your library, from monographs to difficult to source books, approval plans, standing orders, journals, together with ebooks from our growing database of titles.

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Bertram Library Services

Our public library division can help librarians and publishers get their books to the right library patron. Our expert supplier selection team and innovative online showroom can help librarians select the right books according to their needs, and our operations team service books to an excellent standard, turning a book into a library book.

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Working with over 4,500 publishers from around the world, our range of books is handpicked by our expert team of buyers; our 24 hour warehouse team pick, pack and dispatch every book from our 185,000 sq ft warehouse with care and attention; our customer service team will respond to your needs and our sales team is on hand to ensure you get outstanding service every time.
Whatever your requirement in book supply, the Bertram Group can help you.


Our customer services team is always on hand to answer any queries. Please contact us using the details below:

Tel:  +44 (0)1603 648400