Should I Make My Book Returnable?

What happens to books that don’t sell?

AVIN DOMNITZ (Chief Operating Officer, American Booksellers Association): Quite often, booksellers will order a book, not sell it, return it and then, some short period of time later, reorder the same book.

So now it gets shipped in, gets shipped out, gets shipped in – and if doesn’t sell, it gets shipped out again..

How much do book distributors charge?

Distributors generally charge a fee that is a percentage of net sales. Net sales are what booksellers, chains, and online booksellers pay the distributor. The actual fees vary wildly from 10% to 26% or more: generally the larger the publisher’s sales, the lower the fee percentage.

How much does it cost to publish with IngramSpark?

The cost to upload a print and ebook with IngramSpark is $49—this is the best value! If you don’t want to upload both formats, a print book costs $49, and an ebook is $25.

What do publishers do with returned books?

If you have traditional distribution through your publisher, books will automatically be sold and shipped to various accounts, sometimes to their warehouses, sometimes to individual stores or libraries.

What percentage does IngramSpark take?

Ingram Spark already takes 45% of your revenue for its POD services, plus an additional fee for printing your book. Does Ingram Book Company really need an extra 10% to 15% for distributing it? Filed under: book distribution – book marketing.

What is the typical wholesale discount for books?

55%What Wholesale Discount Should I Offer Bookstores? The trade discount most publishers choose to offer booksellers is 55%. IngramSpark provides the option of setting a discount within the range of 30-35% (minimum) to 55% (maximum).

How do I distribute my self published book?

Assuming you’ll go the print-on-demand route, then you have two key distributors to consider:IngramSpark, a division of Ingram, the largest book wholesaler/distributor in the US; distribution fees cost about $60 per title.Amazon KDP, no upfront fees.

What does Barnes and Noble do with unsold books?

Barnes & Noble has a policy of donating books that it can’t sell and that the publisher doesn’t want back, said spokeswoman Carolyn Brown. “The majority of the books and magazines we sell are returnable to the publisher,” she said in an e-mail. … “You’d think it would be very simple — you see a book, you recycle it.”

How much do bookstores pay for books?

The bookstore buys the book for $6 (or 40% discount off the retail price) from the publisher (who calls that $6 the net price). Note that this discount varies between 40% and 50%. When the books sells to a customer the store then makes a $4 profit ($10 – $6 = $4).