How Book Stores Get Their Books?

For the most part, bookstores order newly published titles directly from the titles’ publishers/distributors.

These new books are also called “frontlist” in the industry.

Reorders/replenishment on previously published titles (“backlist”) are usually split between the publisher/distributor and wholesalers.

How much does a bookstore make per book?

Pricing. The right price is critical to making a profit. Bookstores need to have a gross margin of about 40 percent to be profitable, according to Michael Kaplan in an interview with the Miami Herald News. In other words, if the book is sold at $20 retail, the bookstore bought the book for $12.

Do bookstores buy used books?

Used bookstores and thrift stores may buy your unwanted books from you. Just call them and ask if they buy books. If they do, then take them into the store, and make some money! Do a search online for local used bookstores and thrift stores near you, and contact a few of them about selling your books.

What do bookstores sell besides books?

Bookstores sell books. We’re all clear on that, right? But lots of stores — the smart ones — are going beyond just selling books to their customers.

For instance:

  • Language classes.
  • Food.
  • Book subscriptions.
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Matchmaking.
  • Travel.

Where can I buy IngramSpark books?

Via Ingram Book Group, IngramSpark titles are automatically made available to tens of thousands of:

  1. Retailers.
  2. Libraries.
  3. Schools.
  4. E-commerce companies.
  5. Amazon.
  6. Barnes & Noble.
  7. Independent bookstores.