The Power of Ingram and How Authors Can Tap into It

Alrighty … many have heard me push the need to do BOTH print and “e” versions of your books. For fast POD service that delivers quality, IngramSpark tops the list. IngramSpark

In partnership with AuthorU, IngramSpark is offering to AuthorU members a variety of programs to consider. As The Book Shepherd, I am recommending to all my clients to first, set up an IngramSpark account and second, contact their respective book designers and get files uploaded pronto. 

Why? Ingram is a widely accepted name in the bookstore and library community. Bookstores don’t love Amazon … they do Ingram because they have been ordering books for decades through its warehouses and distribution channels. Ditto for libraries. A known quantity.


Who Is IngramSparkSM  and Why Should You Care?
Good question. IngramSpark is a new, easy-to-use Publish on Demand platform that enables publishers to deliver content worldwide to readers in print and electronic formats. The service, which is tailored to the specific needs of the independent publisher, streamlines sales, account setup, content management, and customer support activities through a self-service, online platform. Account setup is free and all you need to get started is an email address, print ready PDFs for print titles, EPUB and JPEG for e-books, an ISBN, and a credit card.

Effective now, AuthorU publisher members can qualify for the following discounted rates by entering the AUTHORU promotion code during the title setup process:

  • $37.50 for Print + Electronic title setup (when done simultaneously)
  • $37.50 for a Print book
  • $20 for e-book only

When a print order of 50 copies is placed within 60 days of title setup, the customer will receive a credit in the amount of the setup fee ($37.50).

AuthorU members will also receive the following Publisher Direct volume discounts on their initial and reprint orders:

US and UK B&W, Standard 70 Color, and Premium Color Print Discounts:

UNITS:             ECONOMY     EXPRESS

1-99 units                     15%                   5%

100-249 units             20%                 10%

250-499 units             30%                 20%

500-999 units             40%                 30%

1000-1499 units          45%                 35%

1500+                            50%                 40%

AU B&W, Standard 70 Color, and Premium Color Print Discounts:


1-99                        10%            0%

100-249                20%            10%

250-499                25%            15%

500-999                30%            20%

1,000-1,499          35%            25%

1,500 +                  40%            30%

IngramSpark Cost Comparison for AuthorU Members

Print and Setup fee pricing

IngramSpark Unit Price

AuthorU Member Price

Paperback with Black & White Interior



Paperback with Standard Color Interior (70 lb. paper)



Paperback with Premium Color Interior (70 lb. paper)



Hardcover with Black & White Interior



Hardcover with Standard Color Interior (70 lb. paper)



Hardcover with Premium Color Interior (70 lb. paper)



Title Setup fee


37.50 (free with 50 book order)**

*Paperback prices based upon an 8 1/2 X 11 trim size, gloss laminate, 32 page count, shipped within the United States

*Hardcover prices based upon an 8 1/2 X 11 trim size, case laminate, 32 page count, shipped within the United States

**The Title Setup fee is waived if 50 book order is placed within 60 days of setup



  • All publishers who are members of AuthorU are eligible to receive the discounts above.
  • Publishers must use the promotion code during the title setup process and when placing orders. Use AUTHORU.

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 Take advantage of this. Open your book up instantly to book store buying, library acquisition and global distribution. It’s a very good thing. Join AuthorU NOW and use the code AUTHORU when you set up  IngramSpark and order any books. It’s a very good thing to do to get off the dime and do this month.


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Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 33 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers was published in June 2015.

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