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What is the best printing for indie authors?
Giacomo Giammatteo provides an inestimable in-depth study of the two largest independent printers, Ingram (on its two different sub-sets, Lightsning Sources - for many book publishing houses - and Ingram Spark - for single self-publishers) and Amazon's CreateSpace. Much of the disorientation results from erroneous information or old information about the two largest gamers in the independent games designer Druckspiel-CreateSpace and Ingram (either Spark or Lightsning Source).
When selecting a self-publishing service, Mick Rooney and I uncovered a whole range of opportunities, and Mick's website The Independent Publishing Magazine has many article about these and more. However, for this article we will only look at two of them - CreateSpace and Ingram Spark. When we go into all the decisions in detail, it would take a textbook to provide adequate argument.
There is no such thing as books, so I have chosen what seems to be the main concern for most indies. I used an example of a 300-page black and white textbook for the above graphic. The CS cost is 41 c less than savings. Savings is $49...however, if you are a member of AWALLi, this charge is only $37. 50, and you also forgo the $12 annual one.
CreatingSpace earns 40% when you buy on Amazon. CreatingSpace requires 60% for extended sales (other shops, libaries and bookstores). You can either buy your printed books on-line or through booksellers. The following are just a few samples if you want to buy on line (Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, etc.) and do not intend to "store" yourself in the stationary shops.
We only offer a rebate for "extended distribution" (i.e. everything outside Amazon, such as B&N, BAM, etc.). There is a 60% rebate. ingrams offer 40% or 55% off (LS offer 30% and even 20% off). Remember that neither of these alternatives will cause your ledger to be stored in a retail store.
This is the break-down of the 40% Ingram and 60% CS rebate. Allow me to show you how this looks for you in relation to revenue, on the basis of the prices of a 300-page b/w textbook with the relevant rebates from the various dealers. This chart shows the CS rebate for Amazon and extended sales.
ngram shows the choices for 40%. Savings only shows the 40% choice for this graph, so we compare an apple to an apple. You can keep your rebate with savings at 40% if you are not planning to actively sell in the stationary trade. This means with every copy you sell, no sweat where it's selling, you make $4.14.
CS only earns you $4. 55 at Amazon. You' ll get $1.55 for all book sales at B&N (Barnes & Noble) or BAM (Books-A-Million) or any store that orders from you. But if you think... but I want to go to the bookstore, so I need the 55% off... That's okay.
However, you do not compare an apple with an apple because you are not stored in CS shops, not without the shops getting a real industrial standards rebate and the accounts can be taken back. When you have an LS bankroll, you can choose the 30% off and make an extra $1.50 per copy.
Remember that when we are talking about rebates, this is the amount you deduct from the sales value. That is not the amount of rebate the bookshop will have. For example, a 55% rebate at Ingram means that bookshops get a 40% rebate on the sales prices.
If your books were sold at $15, the bookshops would buy it at Ingram for $9. Ingram retains 15% ($2.25). You' d be awarded $6. 75 ($15-55%) for each sell from which you have to subtract the costs of imprinting the product (4. 86), which will leave you a $1.89 payoff.
I' m telling you this so that you do not give the bookshops the wrong information and tell them to wait for a 55%-off. You can easily get information by saying that you are offering the "industry standards discount" and that the book is available at Ingram and can be returned. Do bookshops have my CreateSpace titles in stock?
There' s a long-standing legend about bookshops that do not keep CS because they are in Amazon's possession. I am sure that some of the bookshops take a permanent stall, but the real reason that most bookshops don't have CS stocks is merely national economy. Czechoslovakia calculates 60% to the writer for the extended sales, but the bookshops get only about 25%.
From this $6, you must subtract the costs of the franchise that is $4. 45 and leave you a payoff of $1.55. By this example, you'd think the bookshops would get $9, but they don't. The CS uses Ingram for sales.
As Ingram is the world's largest publisher of textbooks, CS titles for all distribution channel except Amazon are sold through Ingram. ingrams receives approx. 15% of the incision and CS approx. 15-20%. Then there'?s 25% for the bookshops. That' s not enough to get them to buy the product, but they will order it if a client wants it.
You can buy $4.14 per copy no matter where it is purchased. When you are at LS and choose the 30% off, you will receive $5. 64 per volume. And even if you paid the full amount for the set-up ($49 + $12), you would only have to buy 23 copies of Ingram to make a profit.
By opting for the 30% off (LS for now), you only need to buy 14 copies to reach the break-even point. Unless you intend to do business in an aggressive manner, do not select the 55% rebate and do not make the book eligible for return. The CS provides several possibilities for ISBNs. You can use the $99 switch elsewhere, but not if you decide to use an extended version.
CS uses Ingram for sales, as already mentioned. So, if you buy the CS ISBN and choose an extended version, if you are publishing with Ingram and use the same ISBN, it will appear as already present in your system as CS has it. You can buy the CS ISBN for $99, but do not choose the extended version.
Purchase an ISBN from Ingram Spark (less money) and use it for Ingram and CS. ngram has an advantage over international dispatch. ngram has printshops in the UK, the AU and partnership contracts in Germany and other countri. It is almost as cheap to send a copy to a client in Australia as in other parts of the USA with Ingram.
ingrams charges a $1.50 per order for shipment, and CS does not. I use both CS and Ingram. I' m using CS for the benefits it offers: Quick and good delivery to Amazon. I use Ingram for the benefits it offers: Distributed to all shops except Amazon.
Dispatch of high-quality specimens as a sample to bookshops, for signed specimens, etc. Only for other Ingram. But for most I think that the CS and Ingram mix is the best solution for all your needs.