Where To Publish My Book
“I don’t know where to publish my book” is a common question from aspiring authors.
If you dream of becoming a published author, in today’s publishing landscape you can try to get a publishing deal with a mainstream publisher or you can self-publish.
But should you want to skip trying to negotiate a deal with a traditional publishing company choose a self-publishing platform that suits you.
Alongside the Amazon platform is the IngramSpark platform.
Based in Tennessee in the United States IngramSpark was established nearly 50 years ago and is the largest book distributor in the world, serving both physical and online bookstores.
When you publish with IngramSpark you are connected to one of the publishing industry’s largest global book distribution networks. It makes titles available to over 40,000 outlets around the world. These include retailers, libraries, schools, and eCommerce companies including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others.
Ingram owns the world’s most technologically advanced print-on-demand company. This is Lightning Source, which produces books at multiple facilities across the globe.
Print on Demand (POD)
Print on Demand (POD) is a printing technology. It means that your book is only printed once when it is actually purchased. As soon as a customer buys a book the POD book is printed and shipped to the customer. There is no need for the author to hold inventory saving them thousands of dollars as a result.
Very simply with IngramSpark, you
- publish your book on its platform
- your title is plugged into Ingram’s distribution network
- The retailer (bookstore, library supplier) orders your book through IngramSpark’s distribution channel.
- IngramSpark prints physical book orders and ships them to the customer, retailer, or library.
- Authors receive book royalty payments for each book sold.
In Australia, the books are printed at the IngramSpark facility in Melbourne. With Amazon, the printing facility is in Sydney.
Where To Publish My Book
Book distribution has always been a major stumbling block for self-published authors. With IngramSpark authors get the same access to book distribution channels as major traditional publishers.
If your goal is to get your book into bookstores and libraries you need to go through IngramSpark.This is because IngramSpark’s distribution service allows distributors (like bookstores and retailers) to order your book directly through the IngramSpark publishing platform.
When starting your self-publishing journey do your apprenticeship with Amazon. It’s free and user-friendly. Down the track, however, if you want to develop your career as an author and self-publisher consider using both platforms.
There is a cost with Ingram and it is not as user-friendly as Amazon but if bookstores and libraries are your markets then IngramSpark is your platform.
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