If you would like your book to be available for pre-order, it is important that a future publication date and on-sale date are used. It is recommended that the publication date and on-sale date are the same to obtain a pre-order listing.
We use the on-sale date to determine when we ship orders (we ship pre-orders up to 10 business days before the on-sale date is reached).
You may see retailer websites list your title as available for ordering with no mention of pre-order. As long as your on-sale date is in the future, we are holding all the orders, although a retailer may not acknowledge this. Ultimately, Ingram sends out the metadata feed to the retailers, but we cannot control how every retailer lists a title on their website.
Tips to Remember
- It is normal to see the pre-order status removed within the 10 days before the on-sale date, as Ingram has already started shipping any existing orders.
- We are happy to offer the on-sale date feature to our publishers, but we cannot make any guarantees as to how retailers will list titles. Some retailers only recognize publication dates and do not recognize on-sale dates.
- Please ensure your finalized files are submitted before you enable the title for distribution. We ship books 10 business days prior to the on-sale date.
- We use the on-sale date that is listed for a title at the time that title is enabled for distribution. If you update the on-sale date after the title is in production/distribution, we are unable to guarantee pre-orders will be printed and shipped 10 business days prior to the newly updated on-sale date and will refer to the original on-sale date.