Your publication date is the day your book is available for purchase by readers. On some sites like Amazon—or even your direct-to-reader sales page—your book might be listed as available for pre-order, but this is different from your publication date. This just means that once your publication date arrives, all books that’ve been pre-ordered
If you’re using print-on-demand to print your books, they will be! With POD, your books are printed as they’re ordered, so they’re always listed as “in-stock.” With Expanded Distribution, after your books are printed, they need to be transported (distributed) to the distribution warehouse, where they’ll be checked in and stocked. After that, the
It’s not. We distribute ebooks directly to Amazon.com, Apple’s iBookstore, BN.com, and 120+ other retailers and wholesalers.
Expanded Distribution has a different publishing timetable than POD distribution and involves more involvement from our distributor. For more information, see our publishing timetable.
While you can technically switch distribution models, practically speaking, it’s much cheaper and better for your book’s publishing continuity to stay with one distribution model from the beginning of the process.
No. POD and Expanded Distribution are different types of distribution, so you have to choose one or the other. For the differences between POD and Expanded Distribution, check out our resource for determining the right model of distribution for you.
POD distribution is the best choice for authors primarily concerned with being able to sell their book with online retailers, such as Amazon and B&N.com. Expanded distribution is a great fit if you want to try to get your book into brick-and-mortar locations (e.g, bookstores and libraries) in addition to selling it through online
Do I get the customer information (e.g., email or state) from sales made through my direct-to-reader sales page?
We’re only allowed to share the customer's information if they provide consent during their sales transaction. If the customer chooses not to share that information, we cannot disclose it. There’s no way to “force” the customer to give us that information if they don’t want to (i.e. we cannot deny them the book sale).
Direct-to-reader sales page refers to processing orders through your website. Distribution refers to orders processed for a book through a third-party retailer or wholesaler such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ingram, or Baker and Taylor.
If you give 100% of the royalties to authors, how do I know how much I’m earning from each book sale?
What you earn on each book sale depends on which distribution model you made the sale through. Here are examples for direct-to-reader, print-on-demand, and expanded distribution models. Direct-to-reader Distribution POD Distribution Expanded Distribution