What Bookstores will Have my Book? How Can I Expand That?

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What is Expanded Distribution?

Expanded Distribution offers the potential to distribute your book to more of your customers through more channels, including retailers, bookstores, libraries, academic institutions, resellers, wholesalers, and distributors. With  Expanded Distribution you have the potential to distribute your work through thousands of retail and wholesale channels in the U.S.

There are three distribution channels available through Expanded Distribution:

  • Bookstores and Online Retailers – Make your book available to online and offline retailers such as Barnes & Noble and to distributors, such as, Ingram and NACSCORP.
  • Libraries and Academic Institutions – Make your book available through Baker & Taylor to libraries and academic institutions.
  • CreateSpace Direct – Make your book available to certified resellers through our wholesale website.

Time Line
Once your title is enrolled in Expanded Distribution, it may take up to six to eight weeks for your title to begin populating in the selected distribution channels. 
Additionally, it may take up to 6 weeks for your changes to propagate throughout the system. Your book will still be available in the previous version until the new changes propagate through each distribution channel.

 

How do I enable Expanded Distribution for my book?

Your book must meet certain eligibility requirements to sell through Expanded Distribution.

Eligibility Requirements for each Expanded Distribution channel
Each distribution channel has requirements your book must meet.

Bookstores and Online Retailers

  • Your book must have an industry standard trim size.
  • You can use your own ISBN or a CreateSpace-assigned ISBN.
  • If you use your own ISBN, you must not have submitted it for distribution through another service.
  • Your book must have at least 24 pages.
  • Cream paper is only available in limited trim sizes through this distribution channel.

Libraries and Academic Institutions

  • You must use a CreateSpace-assigned ISBN.
  • You can choose an industry standard or custom trim size.
  • Your book must have 24 or more pages.

CreateSpace Direct

  • You can use your own ISBN or a CreateSpace-assigned ISBN.
  • Your book must have 24 or more pages.
  • You can choose an industry standard or custom trim size.

There are no eligibility requirements to sell your book through Amazon.com; you can enable these sales channels at any time for free.

To enable Expanded Distribution:

1. Log in to your account

2. Click on your title from your Member Dashboard
3. Navigate to the “Channels” page. 
4. Select any and all eligible Expanded Distribution channels you’d like for your book. 
5. After you’ve confirmed selection of all the Expanded Distribution channels for your book, click “Save”

More Resources
What are the eligibility requirements?
What is my royalty share for book sales through the Expanded Distribution?
FAQs

Information taken from https://www.createspace.com/Help/Index.jsp?orgId=00D300000001Sh9

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