If you want your self-published book to be available through outlets other than Amazon alone, IngramSpark offers a popular option. It is also possible to order copies of your book in bulk. In general, pricing at Amazon’s KDP and IngramSpark platforms is very similar.
Pros of IngramSpark:
- Cheaper colour printing, and more options for colour
- Distribution to online stores other than Amazon
- Bookshops and libraries can order copies through the Ingram catalogue
- Hardback book options
Cons of IngramSpark:
- More complex set-up process
- Set-up fee (up to £49) – although this can often be waived through using a discount code
- Sometimes books published through IngramSpark have longer availability times on Amazon
- £25 fee (per file) if you want to make revisions to your book after publication
Account set-up step by step
- Visit Create Account at IngramSpark.com and set up an account with your name, email address and password.
2. You then need to accept various policy agreements – these cover Ingram’s relationships with various retail partners, etc.
3. Before you can set up your book, you will need to supply Ingram with:
your bank account details, for the money they will pay you when books have been sold
details of a debit/credit card – this is so Ingram can charge you for revisions if you need to make them, and the set-up fee (if applicable)
Note: if the blue button shows ‘Set up your account’ as in the screenshot below, you have not fully completed this set-up process yet.