With the Global Connect Program (GCP), Ingram/Lightning Source (LS) entered into an agreement with trusted and vetted printers in international markets, not currently served directly by Ingram/LS, to provide print and distribution capabilities in those markets. Bookstores and retailers in those markets can purchase your book from the trusted printer in their country, saving them overseas shipping fees and providing a quicker turnaround time for them to receive the product. No inventory, shipping, currency headaches, or import/export issues to be concerned about. All sales are non-returnable through Global Connect.
By entering a U.S. retail price and wholesale discount for each title, Ingram will make your titles available in each current GCP Market and any additional GCP Markets as they become available. Participation in any given GCP Market will serve as your permission to distribute the title in that market through the GCP.
The current GCP markets are China, Germany, Italy, India, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and Spain.
Dropship orders are not available through these printers. They only fulfill bookstore and retail orders in their market.
Benefits of Using Global Connect
• Eliminate shipping cost
• Eliminate the guesswork of determining how much inventory to print and ship
• Allows a publisher to add titles they may have been unwilling to offer to the market due to low or unknown sales potential
• Never miss a sale in the market
• Make titles available without dealing with the local printer, unsecure file distribution or currency exchange
• Possible frontlist solution into foreign language markets
You can watch a video with more information about Global Connect here.
What currency am I paid in? All payments to the publisher are calculated in US$ and paid in the currency the publisher normally receives. The payment currencies supported today are USD, GBP, AUD, EUR, and CAD.
Who sets the price in the local market? The publisher provides a price they will be paid for each book in US$ and the printer partner will convert this to their currency, add margin and print cost, and then determine the price to sell the book in their market and in their currency.
Are the books returnable? No, all sales are non-returnable through Global Connect.
How often do I receive reporting? We provide sales reports for GCP sales monthly within the existing US POD publisher compensation statements. You can also generate reports from your IngramSpark account. This can be found under Reports Then Print sales reports. Select the option for the Global Connect/Espresso report. If viewing online, be sure to deselect the option for POD.
When do I get paid? Payments are made to the publisher 90 days from the end of the month in which the sales are received and reported.