What is IngramSpark? IngramSpark is not a publisher, but is an award-winning independent publishing platform, offering indie publishers and authors quality print books and ebooks as well as global distribution. If you are an author, you are also the publisher of your book. As the publisher, you are responsible for all aspects of publishing including marketing and promoting your book.
The first step is to create an account. Here’s what you need to complete the process:
Credit card to keep on file in your secure account (can be changed at any time or others added)
Tax ID number (because as a publisher, you are also considered a business owner)
Banking information or PayPal information (US) (for direct deposit of what you earn for every book sale)
Learn about the benefits of indie publishing, discover important information, and uncover industry tips by visiting our website.
We offer free resources to help you publish successfully through blogs, articles, and other information on our website.
Online User Guide How to use our website
Weekly Blog Industry tips on topics that matter most from publishing experts
Free Online Courses Subjects that matter most to your success, such as How to Build Your Author Platform and · Understanding Your Book Metadata
Podcast Industry experts on-the-go in short, info-packed episodes covering publishing topics
Downloadable Guides Deeper dives into publishing essentials in quick guides
Community Connection to fellow IngramSpark authors and publishers for peer help and discussions, accessed from the “Support” button in the bottom right corner of your IngramSpark account dashboard
Quality formats: paperback, hardcover, and ebook in a variety of trim sizes, color, paper, and binding types. Please see the Trim Size Matrix in the File Creation Guide for a complete list of print offerings.
You'll need one file for the cover and one file for the interior of your book. Create your cover and interior files using our free book-building tool. Type your manuscript directly into the tool, or upload and edit your existing manuscript. You can also choose from a variety of design layouts for your cover and interior.
You can also create your ebook in our book-building tool.
If you already have your PDF files, we recommend you read through the File Creation Guide to make sure your files meet IngramSpark's printing requirements.
Here are some additional resources to best explain file creation with IngramSpark:
PDF File Checklist contains basic guidelines to help you avoid what we’ve found to be the most common causes of file rejection and delays.
File Creation Guide How to set up print files
Ebook File Creation How to set up ebook files with our Epub Guidelines
Cover Template Generator Template to layout your cover for file upload with appropriate safety areas and barcode included.
Experts Companies vetted by IngramSpark who provide services on editing, file creation & design, marketing, and more (many at special discounted rates)
Once your account is fully set up, you can log in and set up a book, at which point, you’ll enter all of the relevant information about your title. You can visit this link to access our Title Set Up article for details on what kind of information you’ll need to provide about your book, including basic book info like title, description, and author bio, and more complex information such as pricing, returns, and wholesale discounts.
Print distribution: Your print book will be available to over 39,000 retailers in-person and online, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores and libraries worldwide. You will need an ISBN and provide pricing for each market you would like your book sold in. During the title setup process, IngramSpark provides free ISBNs (you would not own) or you can purchase an ISBN which you will own.
Ebook distribution: Your ebook can be distributed to every major e-reader or mobile device with CoreSource. CoreSource is a proven, secure system that allows your content to flow swiftly and safely from IngramSpark to various distribution and retail partners around the world. Since starting in 2011, CoreSource is used by 25% of the world’s top 50 publishers.
To locate a list of our distribution partners, please CLICK HERE.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT EBOOKS:
*If you have provided any ebooks to Amazon for the Kindle in the past 12 months we will not be able to provide service to Kindle through the IngramSpark program.
**If you currently have ebook content available on Apple, you will need to remove those ebooks from the iBook store prior to uploading those same titles into IngramSpark. Also, note that any reviews or ratings of that content will not transfer when your titles reappear in the iBook store.
CONVERSION SERVICE & FEE
IngramSpark can convert your print PDF to an EPUB file for $.60 cents per page. Click here to learn more.
Print sales: You will be paid compensation earnings (some refer to this as royalties) for print books sold through our distribution network, based on the retail price minus the wholesale discount you offer, minus the print price of the book you choose to publish. Your sales are registered on the print sales report in your IngramSpark account when the book leaves our print facility, and you receive payment approximately 90 days after the month in which the books were sold. Returns can have a negative impact on compensation earnings. Click here to learn more about pricing your book and how compensation earnings and returns are calculated.
Use our publisher compensation calculator to better understand what you’ll earn for each print book you sell through the global distribution channels.
Ebook sales: Click here to learn the details of how you are compensated for ebook sales.
You will also be able to place orders for your book to be printed and shipped wherever you choose through our print facilities in the US, UK, and Australia.
Use our print and ship calculator to better understand the cost of ordering and shipping your book yourself.