eBook Distribution for Indie-Publishers Using IngramSpark: A Case Study and Lessons Learned

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Two reasons to choose IngramSpark as your eBook aggregator • Downside: pays only a 40% royalty • Case study: why we chose IngramSpark
eBook Distribution for Indie-Publishers Using IngramSpark A Case Study and Lessons Learned

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  1. So what would you recommend in terms of publishing ebook? I’m currently thinking of going with Ingram Spark for both print and ebook however the rate of royalties I think could be better elsewhere. Would you suggest that I stick with Ingram Spark for convenience sake or publish my Ebook via another website and use Ingram for paperback?

  2. I think Ingram is good if a book has wide appeal, which also relates to how well the author is known. But if it was my first book, and I was not famous, and my market was primarily the US, I’d use the store self service portals. Even then, the vast majority of sales will be Kindle. You can always go with Ingram later.

  3. Did you find it was possible to participate in Kindle Matchbook even though you used IngramSpark to publish the print version, rather than CreateSpace? I’m interested in doing the same thing, and the Amazon FAQ is unclear about this.

  4. Matchbook is a setting in KDP. If the KDP listing matches the metadata for the print book you should be fine. It is the eBook that is offered at a discount in this case which does not relate to the print book–only that there is one.

  5. Greetings and great post!

    I know you can opt out of iBooks and Kindle, but can you opt out of other distributors as well? I already have a distributor for B&N and Kobo and don’t want to cause a conflict.

  6. Hi David, it’s a great post. Can we publish the same eBook separately through IngramSpark and KDP? We have no contract with IS to let distribute our ebooks to Amazon.

  7. Hi Ramji. If you do not have a contract with IngramSpark to distribute to Amazon, you can use KDP. KDP and Apple are the only two that can be excluded from IngramSpark eBook distribution.

  8. Thanks so much! This is really helpful information. I’m right in the middle of this process right now. My book is setup with Ingram, but not to be released for a number of months and I’ve already found it available for presale with Kobo and Bertand, Kobo and another one or two places, but I’m thinking of pulling it back and using the KDP Select option, but I would have to pull it off of all other ebook providers. What are your thoughts on that? Is it worth it?

  9. My standard suggestion in a situation like this is to look at comparable books. Amazon is still 70+% of sales for eBooks and in my experience much higher for new US authors. It’s only 90 days so no long term risk.

  10. Hi David. Thanks for the research, lots of good information but I am new, some of it is over my head, and I believe I made a mistake. i could really use your help navigating this.

    I had a book (newly released) in the hands of an exclusive company that said they would format and distribute the e-book in multiple formats for me. It went live, the e-book was available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble (and I assume everyone else) but the problem was I did not have any access to adjust pricing and could not set up a compensation method for royalty payments because their web site was messed up. Books were sold and we had no way of tracking sales. We made them aware of the web site issues but 4 weeks later nothing had been corrected, so we asked them to pull all e-books and give us access to the files so we could distribute on our own.

    Our POD files were set up with IngramSpark so we decided to stay with them to distribute the e-book. We noticed then that the e-book was no longer available on Amazon and B&N (which wasn’t what we wanted, but maybe what we need to deal with).

    My question is, I have ONLY set the e-book up to be distributed through IS and I don’t recall seeing anything about a contract, do I need to create accounts elsewhere for the book to be picked up by Amazon and Apple or will this eventually happen anyway? It’s only been a few days, but so far the e-book has not re-appeared on Amazon or B&N.

  11. Hello DBoggs. First, it can take days or even a few weeks for books/ebooks to show up in stores. Second, Ingram will make books/ebooks available to stores but they do not have to take the books. It’s up to the store. Regarding Amazon and Apple, these can have special handling in the contract with Ingram. Make sure your contact with Ingram does not exclude them. This contract is setup when you setup your account so you should contact Ingram or check the contracts link in your account for details. Good luck.

  12. Hi David,
    This has been so helpful, but I am curious and may have missed this answer.
    My question is, does IS automatically distribute an ebook to online stores after the title has been added? Or, do you need to do it yourself?
    Thanks!

  13. Susana, it’s yes and sort of. Ingram does automatically make the ebook available to the online stores, but each of those online stores is free to make their own decision whether or not they will display the book. Do not assume the ebook will display in every store. Chances are it will, but it’s up to the retailer (just like in the offline world).

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