The ability to return unsold books is a standard publishing business practice that has remained since the Great Depression. Since that time, booksellers have been able to mitigate their own financial risk by relying on publishers to credit returned books.
Often, booksellers will hesitate to order and stock books when they aren’t “Returnable.” This means if getting your title stocked on bookstore shelves is part of your marketing plan, Booksellers Return Programme is an essential element to earning shelf space and/or in-store book signings.
When you purchase Booksellers Return Programme:
Your book will be designated as “Returnable” in Lightning Source’s ordering system for retailers and libraries.*
Your book will be designated as “Returnable” in Baker & Taylor’s ordering system for retailers and libraries. (Baker & Taylor is a leading distributor of books, with 180 years in the business.)*
You will not be charged back for royalties earned on the sales to the store if your books are returned.
Please Note: Your book will be designated in Lightning Source's system within two to seven weeks. It can then take 30 to 60 days for returnability status to appear within individual retailers’ systems.
* The Booksellers Return Programme is valid for one year from the date your book goes live.