The northwest isn’t the only landscape rumbling with volcanic activity. In the publishing industry the Ingram Book Company, the largest distributor of books, is refusing to stock even one or two titles of a print-on-demand (POD) book. This news came earlier today via email from a good source on a writer’s list who shared the information from Dan Poynter’s most recent newsletter. If this is true, Ingram’s decision will certainly have an impact on many small publishers and self-published authors. Steve Carlson, publisher of the small press Upper Access Books, had an article in the Publisher’s Marketing Association (PMA) newsletter in August detailing a sudden increase in returns followed by a move to purge all his company’s titles. Admittedly there were only three and the publisher had fallen below Ingram’s requirements but it now appears Carlson was, indeed, sounding a warning.
The news certainly won’t make POD authors happy, and now, more than ever, they will have to rely on distribution from Baker and Taylor and others to pick up the sudden slack.