Barnes and Noble Requirements

Any book in the Ingram/Lightning Source print-on-demand catalog can automatically be available to Barnes & Noble’s customers through and through customer special order requests in the stores, at Barnes and Noble's discretion. 

When a publisher or author wants a Barnes & Noble store to consider stocking their POD book(s) in stores, Barnes & Noble requires the author's and publisher's terms to be competitive with other books they stock and replenish in stores. They need the book to meet some basic requirements in order to facilitate sales and customer purchasing in the bookstores.  

Barnes & Noble will consider any print-on-demand book for in-store placement if it meets the criteria listed below.  A sample copy of the book along with a cover letter that includes your contact info (name, email address, phone number) and an explanation of why Barnes & Noble should stock the book in their stores (marketing plan, if applicable, etc.) can be sent to:  Barnes & Noble, Small Press Dept., 122 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. 

The Small Press Dept. will make sure the appropriate buyer considers the book.  They will get back to you in writing to let you know what the buyer decided.

Discount terms: Title must be set up with a 55% wholesale discount so B&N can receive their trade discount.

Returns: Title must be set up with one of the return options: return-return to publisher or return-destroy. Barnes & Noble may return any unsold books back to the author/publisher, through Ingram. Books can be returned by Barnes and Noble at any time, in any condition, and for any reason.

Barcode: A book needs a consumer-readable retail price and a barcode that has a barcode extension with the embedded retail price. 

Book Spine: Every book needs to show the title and the author on the spine.  Even if the book has a low page count with a very thin spine, a title and author still must be visible on the spine.

NOTE: B&N requires the discount and return status stay the same for the life of the book.

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