The BookPal Story
Here at BookPal, we sell books that empower people to learn, grow, and connect. It’s as simple as that!
What originally started as a small niche distributor of self-care guides has evolved into an international business that has sold millions of books. Along the way, we've discovered the power of books to influence individuals and impact organizations. We're reminded every day of the amazing ways customers are using books to educate, develop, and inspire.Let’s learn, grow, and connect together.
go back to our roots
Follow our exciting creative journey all the way down to where it all began.
BookPal Goes Mobile
BookPal updated its website to support customers shopping by phone. We also added some nifty enhancements to our desktop site!
BookPal Gets Mobile
Embracing smart phones, BookPal updates its website support customers shopping by phone along with enhancements to the desktop site.2016
BookPal Turns 10
We celebrated our 10th year in business.
BookPal Gets Old School
BookPal introduced a new product line — custom journals!
BookPal Goes Digital
We launched our bulk eBook distribution program and eReader app.
BookPal Receives an Honor
BookPal was recognized as a Webby Award Honoree.2014
We launched our new and improved eCommerce website.
BookPal Is Recognized Nationally
We debuted at #350 on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country.2012
BookPal Catches a Big Break
We received an order for thousands of books for an Army Corp of Engineer's humanitarian program in Afghanistan. BookPal proved its capability beating out 20 other companies and shipping books into a war zone.
Our unique take on the corporate market was featured in Publishers Weekly.2010
BookPal Is Born
We expanded our product offering from health management titles to any books currently available in print.
When it all started
Tony DiCostanzo started selling self-care guides as a component of population health management programs. Back then, the company was called Centurian Health.
meet the team
We believe in the power of books and sharing stories. This is why our team of book aficionados is dedicated to getting the books you need to empower your organization! Meet all of the people who make BookPal truly special:
Michelle DruckerChief of Staff
Liza McRuerAccount Director
Elizabeth LeeMarketing Manager
Stefanie Gordon-LimSr. Account Manager, Education
Zarna KamdarOperations Supervisor
Sydney MoorheadProduct Specialist
Cassie FolkersSales Support Representative
Lynette WashingtonSr. Client Experience Representative
Brittany MaioccoOperations Coordinator
Josina LawrenceAccount Manager
Hetal KhatriOperations Coordinator
Jessie GarciaFinance Associate
Nina CalabrettaClient Experience Representative
Originally from Nome, Alaska, Tony has since become a thoroughly Southern California family man. He's enjoys golf, photography, and CrossFit — almost as much as he's passionate about helping his staff realize their full potential.
Chief of Staff
Michelle circumnavigated the globe before she turned 21. She is an avid sea glass collector and her favorite actor of all time is Tom Hanks.
One of our most athletic owls, Liza is a marathon runner (30 races and counting) and a college water polo veteran. She loves dogs — especially her licensed therapy dog Charles!
Elizabeth has the silliest sweetheart of a dog named Nike and pronounces the "h" sound in "wh" words. You can call her "Elizabeth," but that's not actually her real name.
Sr. Account Manager, Education
Newly wed as of May 13, 2016, Stef and her husband have a stage five clingy puppy named Simba — whom they adore. She is obsessed with podcasts, listening to Criminal, TED Talks, Anna Faris Is Unqualified, Sword and Scale, and the Tough Girls Podcast.
Zarna lived in three different countries (Mumbai, India; Omdurman, Sudan; and London, England) before she turned five. She's a lefty who has traveled to London and Amsterdam five different times between the years of 2004 and 2007.
Sydney has been a vegetarian for four years and was the Tin Man in her 8th grade production of The Wizard of Oz. Her stage talents didn't stop there. When she's not managing our catalog, she enjoys playing the drums and singing for a local band.
Sales Support Representative
A globetrotter who has studied abroad in Uganda and Rwanda, Cassie wants to visit all six populated continents. Her favorite comic book character is Hawkeye.
Sr. Client Experience Representative
Lynette is a rookie coffee drinker — she only started liking the drink a year ago. Her favorite color is pink and she sleeps with a blanket over her feet.
An artist and traveler at heart, Brittany has one of the sweetest dogs in the world named Stella. Her favorite food is pizza.
An alumni of a Historically Black College and University, Josina has lived in six different states — though New Jersey will always be where her heart is. She took ballet for 15 years and still loves the performing arts.
Hetal is a self-proclaimed coffee and wine connoisseur who has never finished a single book for class in high school. Her footprint only shows three fingers and a thumb — no pinky toe can be found!
Jessie is a driven mother of two who loves dogs and believes in aliens.
Client Experience Representative
Though she dubs herself “the worst bowler on earth,” Nina can proudly recite pi up to twenty decimal places! She is fascinated by all things related to The Old West.
Our Company Culture
We would not be where we are today without our incredible team. While each of our team members have their own unique aspirations, personalities, and talents, there are a few core values that bring us together.
Our Core Values
Regardless of circumstances, we strive to have a positive attitude and encourage others to do the same.