Home \ Resources \ Frequently Asked Questions \ Booksellers Return Program FAQs

Booksellers Return Program FAQs

  • What does the Booksellers Return Program do for me?
  • If my book is stocked, will I retain royalties for unsold copies that are returned?
  • When will my book be listed as returnable?
  • Can I buy more than one year of the Booksellers Return Program?
  • How do the bookstores know where to return the unsold books?
  • What happens to the books when they are returned?
  • Can iUniverse ensure booksellers will stock my books?
  • What is Ingram?
  • What does the Booksellers Return Program do for me?

    The Booksellers Return Program ensures retailers that they can return unsold copies of your book for a complete refund. Your book will be designated as “Returnable” in Ingram’s ipage ordering system for retailers and libraries. (Ingram is the world’s largest wholesaler and distributor of books.)

    iUniverse has developed the Booksellers Return Program to help your book meet industry retail standards for stocking and be provided the opportunity to be more competitive in the marketplace.

    Back to top

    If my book is stocked, will I retain royalties for unsold copies that are returned?

    Yes, you will not be charged back for royalties earned on the sales to the store if your books are returned.

    Back to top

    When will my book be listed as returnable?

    Your book will be designated as returnable on Ingram’s ipage within two to seven weeks. It can then take 30 to 60 days for returnability status to appear within individual retailers’ systems. Confirmation of your title’s listing in ipage is available upon your request.

    Back to top

    Can I buy more than one year of Booksellers Return Program?

    A one-year renewal is available for purchase at the same time or just prior to the program’s expiration. Authors who purchase the renewal will be notified 60 to 90 days before the expiration date and given the opportunity to renew.

    Back to top

    How do the bookstores know where to return the unsold books?

    Booksellers return unsold books to the wholesaler from whom they made the purchase.

    Back to top

    What happens to the books when they are returned?

    Books are sent from the store retailer to Ingram and then recycled into cardboard or paper products.

    Back to top

    Can iUniverse ensure booksellers will stock my books?

    By making your books returnable, the Booksellers Return Program helps your book reach common retailer standards for stocking, but does not guarantee that it will be ordered or stocked. Bookstores are businesses; it is the prerogative of bookstore owners and managers as to what books to order and display on their shelves.

    Back to top

    What is Ingram?

    Ingram Content Group is the world's largest wholesale distributor of books. iUniverse uses Ingram Content Group for the distribution of all titles.

    Back to top