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Why won't Australian bookshops order my book?



  • Pickawoowoo Publishing Group

    HI Sandy - for a full explanation I would recommend touching base with Rushelle at IngramSpark Australia. Essentially it has to do with a number of issues some of which are within your control, others are not. I suspect all will be easier for Australian authors / bookstores when IPage is available next year. Regards Julie-Ann Harper (Pickawoowoo publishing Group) Email for Rushelle:

  • Philip J Bradbury

    Another reason is that book stores use a particular search website for finding books and, if it's not updated with your book at IngramSparks, then it will only look for it on Amazon. I don't know if this is a problem with the website not being up to date, with IngramSparks not getting themselves listed or what. I'm not sure what we can do about that but I might ask IngramSparks and/or my local book store to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

  • Rushelle

    Hi Sandy,

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    There is a few reasons why Australian Booksellers don't order direct via Lightning Source Australia and will order direct form Ingram. There is issues such as the retailer not being able to process our Onix files, access to catalogues due to their ordering process's, the retailer does have the option to chose where they order from which we have no control over . We do have about 100 local retailers that submit orders via LSI AU which we will print and ship locally from. Booktopia does regularly order direct from us along with Fishpond and The Nile, we also have Readings, some Dymocks stores and some smaller independent retailers. The Book Depository offer free shipping worldwide so we often recommend them for ordering. We are working on launching iPage in Australia next year which will make the ordering and availabilities of your titles easier for our Market.

    Please don't hesitate to contact us at if you have any further inquiries.



  • Michelle Lovi (Odyssey Books)

    Sandy, are your books on TitlePage? You can include contact info for Lightning Source Australia as your "distributor", so stores can see it's available here. They might still choose to order from US/UK, but at least they have the option.

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