What is a distributor? What do they actually
A distributor supplies book details and availability status to various outlets;
they are an information hub for publishers, retailers and printers. Ingram has a
huge database of information called ipage® through which retailers get their
information and can order books.
Without distributors, retailers would have to keep in touch with all the hundreds
of thousands of worldwide printers and publishers who are constantly putting out
new books – it would be an impossible task. Instead, all the printers and
publishers simply notify the same source, the distributor, so that they only have
to go to one source to get all the updated information about books.
Who are the domestic and overseas distributors for PublishingRoom?
PublishingRoom's domestic distributors are Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Our overseas
distributors are Bertrams and Gardners.
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How many retailers can access a PublishingRoom book that has an ISBN and channel distribution?
PublishingRoom books with an ISBN and retail Channel Distribution, which can be purchased through our Services Store, are available to order through over 25,000 bookstores in the
US. Our titles are also available through most online booksellers including www.amazon.com,
www.barnesandnoble.com and www.target.com
How long does it take before my book is available through retailers?
New titles take about 30-60 days to become available through most bookstores, and
about 14-21 days to become available through most online retailers.
If Retail Channel Distribution is purchased for a book, will
it actually be on the shelves in bookstores?
It is possible that your book will be in bookstores, but we cannot guarantee it.
It is up to the individual retailer and store if they actually purchase copies of
your book to place on the shelves in their store.
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