IngramSpark’s Catalog Integrity Announcement

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sometimes “questionable” or even “deceptive” content gets uploaded into online platforms and creates confusion in the marketplace. Part of the deception we’ve seen at IngramSpark includes blank books, books masquerading as non-book products, and summaries representing popular books that pretend to be the original, which is why we're taking steps to protect our catalog integrity.

As one of the world’s largest book wholesalers, Ingram maintains a digital catalog of millions of books that are made available to thousands of bookstore and library partners around the world. When authors and publishers upload a title into the IngramSpark platform and then enable that title for book distribution, they are making their book available to order by online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and Target, as well as thousands of independent bookstores and libraries. To maintain the high level of catalog integrity and reputation Ingram holds within the book industry, it’s important that our bookstore and library partners are purchasing content that is accurately represented, and these guidelines are to ensure that they are.

We take violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously, which is why we ask IngramSpark authors and publishers to ensure their content doesn’t violate laws or copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other rights and must comply with federal, state and local laws. In February 2020, we developed a set of guidelines for which we monitor across all existing and new titles uploaded to IngramSpark. The below criteria describes the types of content that may not be accepted:

For the most part, IngramSpark's catalog integrity guidelines have had a very positive response:

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Most IngramSpark authors and publishers won’t be impeached by our catalog integrity guidelines. 

Content determined to not meet our standards to uphold catalog integrity will be removed from the catalog. If we remove your title, and you believe your book does not meet one of the above flagged criteria, we’ll be glad to review your concern.

This policy of reviewing potentially harmful content is a positive action that will give your IngramSpark book a better chance of being discovered, protect the content that many authors have worked hard to create, and continue to reduce the bias against self-published content within the book industry. We’re happy to help content reach retailers, libraries, and readers worldwide.

If you have more questions, please be sure to review our helpful FAQ .

 

 

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IngramSpark® is an award-winning independent publishing platform, offering indie authors and publishers the ability to create professional print books and ebooks. Access to IngramSpark's global distribution network allows you to self-publish a book and make it available to 40,000+ retailers and libraries—both in stores and online. To learn more about how you can share your story with the world, visit www.ingramspark.com.

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