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

18 thoughts on “eBook Distribution for Indie-Publishers Using IngramSpark: A Case Study and Lessons Learned”

  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?

  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).

  14. One aspect of publishing with IngramSpark that I don’t find any mention of on internet searches is the difficulty of unpublishing/removing a book. The only way I’ve come across to try and do this is dealing with IngramSpark’s so-called Customer Support who after dragging their feet going on a month aren’t even responding to my status requests. They responded to my initial request saying they needed more clarification, to which I replied that as previously stated I wanted the book removed period. Then they responded that they had to refer my request to another level of their Customer Support. I waited a week, then asked what the problem was with removing my book. No replies from them have been received, and I’ve since asked that my account with them be closed. Again no replies.

    I didn’t ask for any monies back, and there are no outstanding sales.

  15. For print books, you can unpublish the book. But keep in mind that if people bought the book, you can’t stop them from selling it on Amazon or anywhere else (like at a garage sale). All print books are resellable. Here’s the IngramSpark FAQ on this topic:
    How do I Unpublish or Remove My Book From Distribution?
    Email the IngramSpark support team and tell them you want your title removed from distribution. Include your account number, ISBN, and title. If you would like to be able to continue to print your book for orders you place, let them know that too. If you no longer want the book available for orders you print or for distribution, ask them to cancel the title.

  16. I had 19 titles with Amazon. These were published within the last 2-3 years. A couple of poetry books, workbooks, journals for poetry and bible study. All material were Christian related. No profanity or anything. I get an email from them saying it was immediately terminating my account. I asked to tell me why/ what was issue in order to correct it. I was totally shocked.

    I had two book listed with Ingramspark, I published through them and used Lightning Source many years ago. I am setting up an account officially and getting ready to upload all of my books/journals with IngramSpark. I am considered a small press. I have 1000 ISBN numbers and used them all instead of using Amazon’s free ISBNs.

    I am somewhat confused about Ingramspark’s 12 months ebooks, etc. I made several of my books available via ebooks, a year ago, I went back into KDP and uncheck the mark where it allowed them exclusive rights to only have my books available via Amazon. I

    My questions are these:
    1. Since Amazon terminated my account without sharing why or giving me opportunity to correct, and I used my own ISBNs, can I upload those same books to Ingram spark in print, and eBooks, using the same ISBNs?

    2. I know Ingram will distribute my books via various platforms. I have read that Amazon will not accept books they have terminated accounts of, if so, they will soon find out and make book unavailable. To be honest, I am not really concerned about Amazon not carrying my book because they are not trustful to put your hard work there and suddenly they decide to push a button and tear everything you work hard to do, down. So, if Amazon does not accept book. Fine. Does that stop Ingram spark from accepting that book? Will they reject it? or, just go on to the next platform to distribute.

    Please, I look forward to your answer. I am working now to get my books all listed with IngramSpark.

  17. The ISBNs you are using can be used anywhere–IngramSpark as you are planning. There is no agreement between Ingram and Amazon that I’m aware of that would block the books at IngramSpark and prevent you to distribute them elsewhere. Good luck and hope it works out.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *