With Tablo, your books are distributed to the largest network of online and physical bookstores available to independent authors. We offer three levels of distribution – you choose the option that's right for you.

Distribution basics

Distribution is the process that puts your book in reach of bookstores, libraries, and readers. Here are the basic steps:

1. Tablo prepares and sets up your book

  • We set up your book with our distribution partner, Ingram.

  • Next, Ingram sends information about your book out to the 39,000 bookstores, online retailers, libraries, and schools that make up its global network.

2. Your book is available to order

  • Online bookstores, including Amazon, create your book page.

  • Physical bookstores are able to see that your book is available and ready to order.

3. Placing orders

  • Any bookstore wanting stock may place a wholesale order.

  • Ordered books are printed on demand — from the global print location closest to the bookstore — and sent.

Timing

eBook

Your book will appear on stores in 8-24 hours.

Print (paperback and hardcover)

Your book will begin to appear on Amazon and Barnes & Noble within 48 hours. Your book won't appear available on all sites at the same time. Some bookstores receive information before others, or process the information more quickly.

Amazon will list your book in the US first before their other sites. But the sites are all linked. So Amazon UK or Amazon Australia may show in the days after your release that orders are coming from the US only. This will not last.

Stores also update book listings in stages, rather than all at once. You might find your book listed, but without a cover for now. There isn't a way for Tablo to speed up this activity. It's all very normal, and a feature of a complex industry with many suppliers, distributors and store partners.

We suggest allowing 2-4 weeks for all stores to update availability.

FAQs

How does print-on-demand work for a bookstore?

Print-on-demand distribution means stores everywhere from Amazon right down to local bookstores can check their distributors and see that your book is available to order. The books are then printed and shipped from the closest facility, either direct to the customer or as wholesale inventory for the store to place on shelves or in their warehouse.

Any bookstore wanting stock could place an order, and those books would be printed and sent. But even if there were no books held in the store, a customer is still able to ask for the book and the store may place a single order on the customer’s behalf.

Can you speed up distribution?

No, there isn't a way that distribution can be sped up. How quickly an online bookstore updates their listings is ultimately controlled by the store.

Why is a store displaying an "out of stock" message?

This can happen. Each store has their own way of telling if a book is available to order, and a different way of describing availability status on their website.

Your book is printed on-demand, so it is always available to be ordered — even if a store shows "unavailable" or "out of stock". These messages are temporary. That's because our distributor is constantly updating its partners with current information about titles, so that they can update their listing and show your book as "in stock".

Can you print my book for private sale?

Yes, we can set up your book for printing and let you order copies. Your book would remain completely private and outside the distribution network, available only to you.

It is a one-off cost of USD $199 (AUD $279) to set up your book. Per copy pricing depends on the size of the book.

Can Tablo run a sale on my book?

Currently, there isn’t a way for us to support this. We can lower your book price for you. But this isn't effective for a short-term promotion.

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