Book distribution can be challenging. We know that it is very hard to find book distributors for indie or self-publishers. There is a good reason for that. There are very few. That is why we have established our own book distribution method. The aim of which is to further increase the awareness of your publication. As a team, we believe we are superheroes; we stand out from the rest and will break the rules and speak with integrity and strength so that authors (you) can become empowered and unleash their own superpowers through creative expression.
So, let’s start by exploring the definition of book distribution. Book distribution can be confusing. As a process of publishing, it is “to issue for sale or distribution to the public.” We are one of only a few publishing companies in Brisbane and the Gold Coast offering distribution.
Book Distribution with Ocean Reeve Publishing
In this case, book distribution involves the process of Ocean Reeve Publishing (ORP) listing your title in our catalogue and online bookstore. We submit the catalogue to all library suppliers, libraries and bookstores throughout Australia and New Zealand. This is managed from our publishing company in Brisbane. Furthermore, this is a quarterly process to allow us to capitalise on our new releases.
Also, we list your title on Thorpe Bowker, Nielsen’s Book Data, and Title Sheets, and ensure it is up to date. Bookstores and libraries access these online databases. Furthermore, we list your title and promote your title to various international online bookstores. Also, we manage your online print-on-demand listing. This involves our investment to promote our titles to international mainstream booksellers. Primarily our focus is to the USA, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom.
We reconcile our orders through our book distribution network every six months. Once we collect our 15% of the retail price, author royalties are then paid. ORP warehouses stock of your book at no charge. Furthermore, we only collect our 15% on the books WE promote and sell. Anything you sell is 100% all yours. Too good!
So what is print-on-demand? Well, it is the process of literally printing one book at a time, as demanded. Through our publishing company in Brisbane and Gold Coast, we submit all our book distribution titles into a print-on-demand system. This allows booksellers and libraries to access and order as needed. Furthermore, this book feed is accessible internationally.
Print-on-demand machines are often called Espresso Book Machines. The reason for this is that they are often compared to the size and simplicity of a coffee machine. While they are considerably bigger than an espresso machine, they are convenient for the industry as they take up minimal space.
There are limitations with print-on-demand, such as paper stock and cover finish. The flexibility within digital and offset printing is not achievable with print-on-demand.
Print-on-Demand Costs and Marketing
The per book print cost with print-on-demand is fantastic for low quantities. Therefore, it is sensible that if you are printing under 50 copies that it is managed through print-on-demand. Postage can be costly with print-on-demand. Therefore, we have identified at what quantity it is more economical to look at digital print. More often than not, it will be between 50 to 100 copies, depending on the book.
Additionally, we invest time and money into promoting our titles into this sector as your book distributors. The print-on-demand model we utilise ensures the ease of discovery within the industry. We feel it is critically important in our book distribution model that we reach the widest market possible for all of our published books. Therefore, when you sign up for our book distribution service, we ensure you are represented strongly.
Book Distribution – Drop Shipping
In addition to this service, as part of our book distribution, we also offer drop-shipping. This is where you are receiving orders directly, either through your website or other channels. You may choose not to worry about posting and packaging the book and heading to the post office. We understand how that can be tedious and frankly, not the best use of your time. Therefore, you can forward the order information to us. We fulfill the order from the stock you have supplied to us. We then invoice you every three months for our 15% and the postage costs, which you would have already collected from your customer.
Furthermore, we manage your drop-shipping internationally. For example, a customer orders your book from your website. They are based in the United States, so consequently, the postage cost will be very high. This is when you send us the order. Through the print-on-demand channel, we can take care of this at similar postage costs you would charge nationally.
Book Distribution – What’s Next?
So this all sounds great, doesn’t it? Sure does. But there is one catch. We only distribute Ocean Reeve Publishing titles. We are not book distributors for all self-publishers. As a professional book publishing company based in Brisbane, we take pride in what we represent. Moreover, they need to have been through our publishing process to activate this option. We do have exceptions if the book can be reviewed and identified as professionally edited, designed and printed. However, the actual title registration (ISBN, Barcode, Cataloguing Data, Legal Deposits) still needs to be through Ocean Reeve Publishing.
So what next? If you are interested in activating our book distribution network for your book, ensure you include it in your free quote request. We will send through our book distribution agreement for you to review and approve.