1. How does Amazon use Print-on-Demand to keep millions of books in stock?

Amazon offers Print-on-Demand services to both authors and publishers. If your title is enrolled in Print-On-Demand, then we can ensure it maintains an ‘In-stock’ message on the UK, US, Japan and other European websites which can lead to potential incremental product revenue through improved availability. An ‘In-stock’ message can make it more likely a customer will purchase your book compared to a poor availability message.

We offer two different services to publishers: In Stock Protection and Inventory Free. In-Stock Protection is a great way of managing unplanned demand on Front List titles. Titles are ‘protected’ from an out of stock message because Print-On-Demand is available to cover gaps in supply when physical book supply chain cannot fulfil customer order promise date.

Inventory-Free is suitable for mid to Backlist titles and allows you to keep titles perpetually “in stock” by using Print-On-Demand to reactively fulfill all customer orders. This extends the lifecycle of each title, without having to worry about print runs, returns, or inventory risk. You can gain incremental revenue from having an international availability message on titles that might currently be out of print or only available in several days or weeks.

We recommend that authors visit kdp.amazon.com to start independently publishing in both print and Kindle formats.

2. What do I get paid?

If you currently supply Amazon.co.uk with physical stock directly or through Amazon’s Advantage programme, your existing purchase discount is deducted from the title’s list price and then when Amazon prints a book on demand, we will deduct the cost of printing. You will receive the remaining amount as a royalty that is paid according to your existing payment terms. If you currently do not supply Amazon.co.uk with physical stock, please see the Global Member Agreement for standard terms.

3. How do we know how many copies of our books Amazon is printing on demand?

For both the In-Stock Protection and Inventory-Free programmes you can receive regular sales reports detailing the number of copies that have been printed. In the In-Stock Protection programme we can provide regular reports detailing the number of copies printed against the total number of customer orders.

4. How long will it take from the time I submit a title to it being live on site and ready to print?

The time it takes for your titles to be ready to print differs depending on the number of titles you upload and the tools you used. If you have an urgent need for a title to be fast-tracked through the system, then please get in touch with your account manager or contact us through your POD account for more information.

5. How do I enrol in the programme?

To enrol in the programme please complete the form in this link and a member of our team will get in touch with instructions on how to start submitting your titles.

6. Once I'm enrolled in the programme, who do I contact with my queries?

You can contact us through your KEP account and a member of our team will get back to you within 48 hours.

7. I am an author and I want to self-publish, can I take advantage of Print-On-Demand to publish my novel?

The information on this website is intended for publishers, however Amazon does offer Print-On-Demand services for authors who want to self-publish. Please visit kdp.amazon.com for more information.

8. What is the difference between Kindle Direct Publishing and Amazon Print-On-Demand services?

For publishers uploading titles in bulk and with more specific requirements as a publisher of multiple titles, Amazon’s Print-on-Demand services may be more appropriate. For authors, signing up to Kindle Direct Publishing is the best option for publishing titles in both eBook and paperback.

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