01-21-2012 03:30 PM
Hello, everyone. This is my first post. I officially have an ISBN and my custom-designed cover illustration should be done in a week or two. I'm very excited, as you can well imagine. My questioin is: why do some writers choose the Extended Reach Plan over Globalreach Distribution, given the latter offers availability in brick and morter outlets. Either can be chosen with the Best Seller Publishing Package for no extra charge, correct? Also, how do I double check my account to make sure I picked the Globalreach Distribution?
01-21-2012 03:37 PM
01-21-2012 05:40 PM
Well, I live in Canada, and I want it to be available in Chapters Indigo and major chains across the States.
01-22-2012 05:07 AM
The fact of the matter is that while a Global Distribution book is available to bookshops to order, there is very little likelihood of them ever doing so.
You say I want it to be available in Chapters Indigo and major chains across the States. Well, yes, don't we all; the fact is that it wil lbe available to them to order. Will they order? How will they even know its published?
Bookshops do not stock every book. There are tens of thousands of books produced annually by professional publishers who maintain sales forces and have relationships with chain store buyers and publicise in the media. They sell the books to shops at huge discounts on a 'sale or return' (aka 'consignement) basis.
A print-on-demand book cannot compete on price, and cannot offer sale or return terms.
The chances of a book store putting your book on their shelves is just about zero - unless you have a very good relationship with a shop manager.
The chances are about zero that any shop will stock your book unless you personally pester them and have a good relationship with them, The chances also are -- unfortunately -- that even if a customer goes in with the title and ISBN and asks them to order the book specially, that when the bookshop see that its a POD book they'll make an excuse and say its not available.
Sorry -- but that's what happens*.
If you'vegotcthe personality for it, buy a box of books from Lulu (wait till one of their 20% off deals) and go personally to bookshops offereing to sit at a table and sign your book.
If you want sales then Amazon is the best place and you can get that free with extended distribution. And not limit yourself to customers in North America.
* try asking about ordering my book, which has Global distribution, from your local Indigo and see what they say.' PINOTAGE' by Peter F May ISBN 978-0956152305 . (obviously if they say 'sure, no problem', I'd be delighted, then you can change your mind. Do not get them to order the book if you aren't going to buy, I'm not asking that, just to see if they will. My experience, from people that have tried, is that bookshops will not order a book when someone asks, and thus certainly won't do so without a request.)
Amazon and eBooks are the way ahead for self publishers
01-22-2012 02:02 PM
Thanks so much for the in-depth reply, Peter. I called Chapters to see if they could order your book, and nothing came up for the ISBN, the title nor the author. They weren't in the system at all.
01-23-2012 11:17 AM
Thank you for your feed back.
Just because a book has Global doesn't mean a bookshop will list it or order it, although they can.
It may be because the book has a UK ISBN, more likely be because its a Print on Demand book, who knows.
Maybe if your book uses a Canada ISBN it will be listed.....
You must make up your own mind ...
By the way - if you go to Chapters-Indigo website you'll see it:
02-24-2012 07:25 PM
I paid the global-reach $70 for my book Numbers & Units in Old Tagalog because very few people in the world are interested in this sort of study, and I need to feed the information about its existence in the largest network available (library and bookstore databases). I don't expect scholars to order it from the bookstore round the corner. Do you think my taking Global Reach was a waste of money, and that Amazon through Extended Reach was quite enough?
02-24-2012 08:35 PM