Metadata Revisions

Metadata Revisions

One of the great benefits of having an IngramSpark account is being able to update your title’s metadata within your account. Updating the information about your book is quick and easy on the Spark platform.

How to Submit a Metadata Revision

  • Click on the title of your book - this will take you to your Title Details page
  • Click on the blue square/pen beside the information that needs to be updated. For example, if you are updating the author name, you will click on the blue square/pen beside About the Author/Contributor
  • Once you make the update, click the yellow Save button at the bottom of the page to ensure your changes are saved

What Can Be Updated?

If your title has never been in distribution, any changes can be made to your title.

If your title has been in distribution, industry standard says only 20% of your book or less can be updated. Any substantial changes are not allowed, as they typically result in distribution issues. For example, changing from a black & white interior to a color interior will not process correctly if your title has been in distribution; however, changing from color 50# to color 70# is acceptable. 

*If you are updating more than 20% of your book, we recommend purchasing a new ISBN and setting up a new title on your account.

If your title has been in distribution and you only need to make minor changes, you may do so. Examples include updating a subject code, book description, or review quotes.

When Do Updates Take Effect?

Metadata changes and updates can take anywhere from 1-6 weeks to update on retailer websites. Ingram re-broadcasts the metadata feed we that we send through the distribution channels when you make updates, and how quickly this information updates will vary with each retailer.

Price Updates

Price updates are different than other metadata updates because they affect your publisher compensation and distribution orders. Our price changes are scheduled and occur monthly to ensure a smooth update in the distribution channels.

Printing Updates

If you update something that affects the way your book is printed, you may need to submit a new cover file. For example, if you change from Standard Color 50 to Premium Color, the paper weight is different, and your spine width will change. A new cover file with the correct spine width will need to be submitted to accommodate your changes and ensure the best printing results.

You should be prompted during the metadata change to submit a new file if necessary.

*Please note any updates that affect the printing of your book may also affect the printing cost of your book.

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