Lightning Source utilizes Ingram’s global distribution network to list your title as available for sale to over 39,000 bookstores, online retailers, libraries, and schools. Through this relationship, we send title data feeds with the information for your book and the title available for purchase status to these channel partners. Each channel partner independently determines whether to list a title and how to display that title's available for purchase message on their website. We are pleased that most retailers like Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Indigo, Books-A-Million, and hundreds of others, reflect an “In Stock / Available” status for your print-on-demand titles, which is an accurate representation of the immediate availability of your title.
Because your book is print on demand, your book is always virtually “in stock” and available for order from Ingram. We do recommend that you refer your readers to the retailers mentioned if they want to purchase the book. Certainly, keep us informed about any available messaging issues you experience or data issues you uncover not addressed here. The immediate available status of titles across all our global retail partners is as important to us as it is to you.
Occasionally, however, online retailers and other channels may list a title as “temporarily unavailable”, available within a certain timeframe, or “out of stock.” Every retailer has their own method for determining what the available status of a title is on their website and, as a retailer, they are free to do so. It is important to remember that although a website may list your title as unavailable, stores can still order your book from Ingram Book Company.
If your title is listed as unavailable for ordering on a retailer’s website, Lightning Source will determine whether it is appropriate to inquire as to the unavailable listing with the retailer. We do not provide any guarantees, as the title messaging on a retailer's website is wholly determined by them and not us.
As a best practice, we encourage you to establish your title with a 55% wholesale discount and with a returnable status, to maximize your title's listing as available for purchase.