One of the major benefits of using IngramSpark is the access your book has to one of the industry’s largest global distribution networks, offered by Ingram.
As an example, when retailers order products, they are usually purchased through a distributor or wholesaler such as Ingram. Ingram sells the products to bookstores, libraries or other retailers at a wholesale price when the publisher provides a wholesale discount to Ingram. The bookstore or retailer then sells the product to consumers at the list price.
How does distribution work?
With Ingram/Lightning Source’s Print on Demand service, books can be purchased through Ingram by bookstores, libraries, and retail outlets. The order prints, ships, and arrives at the customer or store within a few days.
How do stores know about my book?
Ingram sends a metadata feed containing all the information and pricing for your book to more than 39,000 bookstores, libraries and retail outlets all over the world. Ingram's customers and Print-On-Demand distribution channel partners will upload the metadata for your book to their website and will decide if they want to sell the book through their website. A store can search for your book on Ingram Book Company's iPage website or other websites and see the metadata linked to it.
*Ingram allows your book to be available for sale, but there is no guarantee that stores or libraries will order your book. We cannot guarantee sales.
*It is up to the author and/or publisher to market and promotes the book to consumers, bookstores, retailers and libraries, so they know it is available for sale. More information on marketing can be found here
How long does it take for my book to appear on websites?
During the title setup process, once you click the enable button to add distribution services to your book, it can take 2-6 weeks before appearing on retailer websites or on a distributor or retailer’s internal ordering system. Depending on the time of year, it can less than 2-6 weeks and you may see pieces of information appear and then disappear (depending on the distribution partner) until the title information and cover are fully uploaded onto websites.
We are unable to provide any specific sales information as to which bookstore, retailer or library purchased the book(s). Ingram is a private, family-owned company and sales information for the retailer or library who purchased the book(s) is proprietary information and cannot be shared.
The sale of the book is added to your monthly compensation report when it ships from our print facility. You receive the compensation payment 90 days from the end of the month in which the book was shipped from the print facility.
For more information about publisher compensation, click here.
Can I expedite or rush the distribution process?
We are not able to rush the distribution process for your book. When the distribution service is added to a book, we send out a metadata feed containing the book information to our retail partners. How quickly the metadata is uploaded to retailer websites depends on that retailer and is not controlled by Ingram. Also, during the 4th quarter of each year, it can take longer for the book to appear as available for sale due to all the data feeds our distribution and retail partners are receiving.
Why can’t my customers order through IngramSpark?
Your customers need to order books through a retailer, bookstore or from you, the publisher. Only the publisher has access to direct printing and shipping costs through their IngramSpark account.
How do I add distribution services to my book?
Enabling your title for distribution is quick and easy, and steps are included below and you can watch a video here.
When you log into your IngramSpark account, click on the title of your book, and scroll about halfway down your Title Details page. This brings you to a box with a blue button that says “Enable.”
- Click the “Enable” button, and a new window will appear confirming that you want to enable or add distribution.
- Once you confirm, you will be asked if you would like to promote your title in our Advance catalog (to read more about Ingram Advance, click here)
Once you have proceeded past the "promote your title" section, you will see a charge of $0.00 because there is no longer a distribution fee for our POD distribution service. Click “I Accept” and your title will be sent to the retailers and libraries in our global network.