ISBN/Distribution. Long held assumption, not now sure.
For years I have assumed that by applying a distribution package to a book, on Lulu mainly, but also applies elsewhere, that this allows a retailer to procure the book using their own usual procedures, at a genuine wholesale price. However, in discussion with a manager of a family owned bookshop, as well as a manager of a national chain, both of whom stock and sell a book of ours, that it simply isn't that easy and that is why they prefer stock to be supplied by the author / self publisher on a sale or return basis. Me and my publishing oppo are happy to do this, it'd be daft not to of course, but it would be so much nicer if the shops would just use normal procuring methods. Anyone else come across this?