How Book Distribution and Fulfillment Function
After your book is printed, it’s time to distribute it. At BookPrinting.com, we offer two types of distribution: direct-to-consumer and expanded distribution, which can be broken down into two paths: brick-and-mortar stores and online resellers.
How a Book Goes from Printer to Reader
Your books must be in our warehouse for us to distribute them, and if you print with us, you’ll be able to specify a specific quantity to be shipped to our warehouse as part of your print order.
Your book is stored at a warehouse and then shipped out when an online retailer or wholesaler orders copies. Online retailers sell directly to readers, while wholesalers typically supply brick-and-mortar bookstores.
When your book is sold through online retailers like Amazon.com or BN.com, these companies order your book from our warehouse, and you’ll want to factor in the time it takes for books to travel from the printer to our warehouse when you set a publication date.
Consider using wholesalers like Ingram and Baker to get your book into bookstores, or using Amazon or B&N to get your book into bookstores.
Royalties with Expanded Distribution
$15 (book retail cost) -$8.25 (55% wholesale discount). $6.75 -$1.22 (18% distribution fee to compensate our warehouse staff). $5.53 royalties -$3.90 (original print cost). $1.63 net profit
To broaden your reach and increase your profits, BookPrinting.com offers expanded distribution and fulfillment options. Direct-to-consumer fulfillment allows you to sell your book directly to consumers through a personal sales page, and you only need to send 25 books to our warehouse to get started.
Royalties with Direct-to-Consumer Fulfillment
When you sell a book through our fulfillment service, royalties are calculated differently because we charge a $2.50 pick-and-pack fee to compensate our warehouse staff. Remember to subtract the original print cost from your royalties when calculating your net profit for direct-to-consumer fulfillment.
How are books distributed?
Expanded distribution is similar to the traditional book distribution model, in which your book is stored at a warehouse and then shipped out when an online retailer or wholesaler orders copies, with online retailers selling directly to readers and wholesalers typically supplying brick-and-mortar bookstores.
What is a book distributor?
Book distributors are businesses that pitch and sell books directly to wholesalers, bookstores, libraries, and other retailers via sales representatives and catalogs. If you’re a self-publisher, this means you won’t have to worry about marketing your book to bookstores because your distributor will do it for you.
Where are books distributed?
The two main channels for getting your book into retailers like Barnes & Noble, Borders, and indie bookstores, as well as libraries and schools, are wholesalers and distributors, but figuring out how they differ and which one is best for your book can be confusing.
How do you become a book distributor?
A person must have completed high school at the very least to become a book distributor; further formal education is not required, though aspiring book distributors may benefit from earning business degrees or taking business courses. Book distributors frequently sell distressed or damaged books.
How does bookstore make money?
The bookstore purchases the book from the publisher for $6.00 (a 40% discount off the retail price; note that this discount varies between 40% and 50%), and then makes a $4.00 profit ($10.00 u2013 $6.00 = $4.00) when the book is sold to a customer.
How much do book distributors charge?
Distributors typically charge a percentage of net sales, which are the amounts paid to the distributor by booksellers, chains, and online booksellers. Fees range from 10% to 26% or more, with the smaller the publisher’s sales, the lower the fee percentage.
Who is the biggest book distributor?
Ingram Book Company is the world’s largest book wholesale distributor, with immediate access to more than eleven million titles and more than 71,000 retail and library customers worldwide.
What is the difference between a distributor and wholesaler?
A distributor works closely with a manufacturer to sell more goods and increase visibility for these goods. Distributors find wholesalers who will resell their products, while a wholesaler only fulfills orders from retailers and plays no other role.
Is Ingram a book distributor?
Ingram is a major book distributor in the United States, with 40,000 retailers (including Barnes & Noble and your neighborhood independent bookstore), libraries, schools, and universities.
Which publishing company is the best?
The World’s Top 10 Book Publishing Companies in 2020
- Thomson Reuters.
- Penguin Random House.
- Hachette Livre.
- Macmillan Publishers.
- Scholastic Corporation.
- McGraw-Hill Education.
How does a book distributor work?
Unlike wholesalers, who are primarily passive suppliers, distributors perform the dual function of sales and order fulfillment, including warehousing. The distributor’s main job is to sell new titles to bookstores and libraries before they are published.
What is eBook distribution?
The process of making an eBook available for download from an online retailer can be done directly to the retailer (assuming they have a self-service portal), via an eBook aggregator, or a combination of the two.
What is the average markup on books?
On average, textbooks have a 22 to 28 percent markup, which is created by and benefits the bookstore that sells the book, and it pays for employee salaries, utilities, and other expenses.
Where do bookstores buy books?
Wholesalers like Ingram Book Company and Baker and Taylor can sell books from publishers and distributors, but bookstores typically order newly published titles directly from the publishers/distributors, which are referred to as “frontlist” in the industry.
Does Amazon sell books in bulk?
You can buy books in bulk from Amazon, but there is a limit. According to Amazon’s “About Bulk Orders” section, you can buy books in bulk, but your order is limited to as many as Amazon deems appropriate.