Independent Publishers Group®, or IPG, was founded in 1971, as the first organization specifically created for the purpose of representing titles from independent presses to the book trade. Then as now, small and mid-size publishers had great difficulties selling their books effectively. The obvious solution was to group a number of independent publishers together for selling and order fulfillment, thereby creating a list that could compete on equal terms with those of the large houses.
IPG was successful from the start and has maintained an unbroken record of growth and financial stability. In 1987, IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press (CRP), an independent publisher founded at about the same time as IPG.