While there are multiple options available to Independent Authors, Ingram Spark/Lighting Source continues to be one of the best options for self-publishing due to their global reach of 40,000+ physical retail stores world wide in addition to being partnered with 40+ of the largest eBook retailers.
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It is very common for Authors and Publishers to not know when their new release will appear on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Let us help you with that by keeping track its status in Ingram's system, along with providing you links to the listing so you can directly inform your customers.
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Includes: 1 follow up e-mail containing helpful links and resources
Includes: 1 follow up e-mail containing helpful links and resources / 1 reply e-mail to clarify any missed questions or materials covered during the call or follow up e-mail
1 year subscription for the remote management of any 1 Ingram Spark or Lightning Source account. The first official month of service will start once the first Monthly Sales Audit is e-mailed to an approved contact on the account in question. Prerequisites for this service will need to include adding one of our (Phoenix United) approved e-mails to the point of contact roster for the IS/LS account in question along with providing us (Phoenix United) with the password to said account, either through a secure means of communication or via a password manager. For exact guidance/instructions, please contact customer support before and after confirmation of purchase.
1. Monthly audits of sales and commissions, with alerts for any unusual activity
2. Tri-monthly (3x per month) health inspections of ISBNs in the account to ensure they are present and accurately represented on Amazon and Barnes & Noble; in addition to searching for any signs of online piracy
3. Monthly consultations of ways to improve the health of the account, if any can be found
4. Initiating correspondence between the approved account holder and Ingram Spark/Lighting Source customer support when any major issues are initially found, along with initial guidance for possible solutions
Only Available in 1 Year Subscriptions / $50 per month for first 5 ISBNs plus $10 per every additional ISBN
$600.00 - Up to 5 ISBNs in Total
$720.00 - Up to 6 ISBNs
$840.00 - Up to 7 ISBNs
$960.00 - Up to 8 ISBNs
$1,080.00 - Up to 9 ISBNs
$1,200.00 - Up to 10 ISBNs
The public list of retailers whom have partnered with Ingram for the sale and distribution of both print and eBook materials
As of 6 February 2022:
If you need to transfer a title (an ISBN which has been assigned to a published/publishable property) from Amazon KDP or between Ingram accounts you will need to use Ingram's new automated submission system
The official web based PDF
The official web based PDF
FAQs regarding Ingram Spark's Print and Distribution Contracts
Location to Download the PDFs for:
The external version of the below calculators. We highly recommend using the versions available via your personal account
Complete list of samples that can be ordered along with the means to place an order
Most commonly asked questions regarding how Ingram Spark supports and distributes eBooks
The full explanation regarding how you will be compensated once your books begin to sell through Ingram.
Information regarding every type of financial report available, along with how to remove a title or close an account, policies on returns, and the definition of a "mass produced title"
Is your book showing "out of stock" on Amazon or have you found any issues with how a website is displaying it?
General information regarding shipping
Access to the PDF for all U.S. shipping options concerning:
Lightning Source is the sister company to Ingram Spark, and caters to larger publishing organizations. Accounts can only be made upon approval of the Ingram Books Company
Procedures and prices for adding a title by mailing Lighting Source a physical copy of a book. This is a service only available to Lighting Source account holders
Important meta-data tags which will be used by retailers and customers alike to search for your books via subject, category, or genre.
For security reasons the Juvenile Codes (Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Non-fiction) cannot be mixed with any other code category
How to create and export a PDF/X-1A file from Adobe InDesign.
It is very common that a submitted cover file will be rejected due to being an incorrect file type.
Every country has its own ISBN issuing authority, and depending upon the country you live in you may be entitled to free and unlimited ISBNs.
If you live in the U.S. Ingram will sell you ISBNs for $25 per unit via Bowker and through the title set up portal, or issue you one for free with the trade off being you cannot use the ISBN outside of Ingram.