Booksellers Return Programme FAQ

FAQs About BOOKSELLERS RETURN PROGRAMME

What does the Booksellers Return Programme 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?

If I purchase this package, how long will my book be listed as returnable?

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

How do the bookstores know where to return the books?

What happens to the books when they are returned?

Can Partridge Singapore ensure booksellers will stock my books?

What is Ingram?

What is Baker & Taylor?

What does the Booksellers Return Programme do for me?

The Booksellers Return Programme ensures retailers that they can return unsold copies of your book. Your book will be designated as "Returnable" in Ingram's ipage and Baker & Taylor’s ordering system for libraries. (Ingram is the world's largest wholesaler and distributor of books.)

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

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.

When will my book be listed as returnable?

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

For Baker & Taylor, your book will be tagged as returnable 90 days after setup.

If I purchase this package, how long will my book be listed as returnable?

The initial period is 1 year, once listed at Ingram and Baker & Taylor. If you want to opt in to the returnability programme for more than one year, you can choose the Booksellers Return Programme Renewal to extend this service for another year.

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

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

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. Books returned to Baker & Taylor are destroyed.

Can Partridge Singapore ensure booksellers will stock my books?

By making your books returnable, the Booksellers Return Programme 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.

What is Ingram?

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

What is Baker & Taylor?

Baker & Taylor is a leading distributor of books to libraries. After 180 years in the business, Baker & Taylor has developed long-term relationships with their partners and customers.

They maintain one of the largest in-stock inventories of books in the United States—about 385,000 books in inventory and more than 1.5 million books available for order.