Book Distribution with IngramSpark

One of the major benefits of using IngramSpark to self-publish your book is the distribution that is made available to indie authors. When you self-publish with IngramSpark, you have access to one of the publishing industry’s largest global print and ebook distribution networks which makes opportunities to sell your books that much greater.

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3 Ways to Order Books

Your book is finished, and hopefully the orders are ready to start rolling in, but you aren't sure how the ordering process works. Well, there are two ways you can order your book yourself, either specifically for you or for your customers. And the third way your book can be ordered is by booksellers, retailers, and libraries directly from Ingram to sell on your behalf.

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Print on Demand for Indie Publishers

Thanks to Print-on-Demand (POD) technology, the costs associated with maintaining inventory for independent publishers have all but vanished. Because POD allows you to print anywhere from 1 to 10,000 copies of a particular title, depending on demand, independent publishers are off the hook when it comes to determining how much to invest in an initial print run. In fact, there are numerous benefits for indie publishers who incorporate POD into their publishing plans. 

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IngramSpark Title Availability

Using Ingram’s distribution network makes your title available for order to over 39,000 bookstores, online retailers, libraries, and schools. Through our relationship, we send title data feeds and availability status of available titles to them. Each channel partner makes the decision whether to make a title available and how to display the availability of a title. We are pleased that most retailers, like Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Indigo, Books-A-Million, and hundreds of others, reflect an “In Stock / Available” status for your print-on-demand titles, which is an accurate representation of the immediate availability of your title.

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File Requirements for Print Books

Before your print content can be sold, it must first be uploaded into a portal so that it can be processed, printed, and then distributed. There are a few rules that must be followed to ensure the successful processing of your content. Avoid paying a revision fee to fix unnecessary mistakes by using the below guidelines to get it right the first time.

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Book Distribution as an Afterthought – You Still Have Options

by Robin Cutler, Director of IngramSpark
I’ve written and presented many times on the value of using print on demand (POD) as a means to get broad book distribution in bringing your book to the global marketplace while reducing your overall financial risk. This is especially a good path as a new author with a first book where the demand is unknown.

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3 Wonders of Print on Demand (POD)

It has to be said that print-on-demand (POD) has changed the way the publishing industry does business. But before we talk about the wonders of POD let’s define what it is. In a nutshell it is the process by which a book is printed when an order for that book is received. With POD there’s no inventory being stored or anticipated demand being measured…get an order, print a book, one at a time.

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The Magic of Print On Demand (POD)

by Robin Cutler
It’s hard to believe that Ingram Content Group's print on demand (POD) technology is approaching its 20th birthday. This technology was the brainchild of Ingram's chairman and CEO John Ingram, hoping to solve the problem of Ingram being out-of-stock (OS) on publisher’s deep backlist titles. In those days, publishers would deem titles OS if sales didn’t warrant a trip back to the printer. With demand from retailers and libraries going unfulfilled, Ingram thought there must be a better way.

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