Benefits for Digital Publishers


Publishing has been revolutionized by technology. Publishers now have the option of selling e-books only (traditional and enhanced) or a mixture of e-books and POD (print-on-demand).   If you are a member and would like to access the complete IBPA Member Benefits Handbook, please click here (you’ll need to login). The Handbook can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF.

We are here to help all publishers and these are some of the benefits we offer digital publishers:

Digital Publishing
Financial Services
Foreign Rights
Health Insurance
Legal Services
Publishing Resources
Trade Shows


IBPA Dispute Resolution Program
A benefit of membership
Have a problem with a slow-(or no-) pay service provider? Is the quality of the goods you received unacceptable and you can’t get satisfaction? IBPA will step in and help.

IBPA Publishing Industry Advocacy
A benefit of membership
With a membership of thousands and more than 30 years experience working in the independent publishing community, IBPA has the influence, the knowledge and the contacts to be your voice in the industry, speaking out against unfair practices with your best interests the number one priority.


Ben Franklin Awards
Entry fee discounted for IBPA members
Named in honor of America’s most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field.
The awards are presented to the best books in several categories and given to the winners during a gala awards ceremony just before the opening of Book Expo America. The Benjamin Franklin Awards are unique among book awards in that all entrants receive critique sheets from the judges with specific advice on how to improve their publications, as well as words of appreciation for the good work produced.


IBPA Members Save 10%
BookBaby can be summed up in one tagline: “Self Publishing Made Easy”. Their mission is to provide authors and publishers all of the services they need to bring their books to the marketplace in a fast, hassle-free fashion.
Services include: eBook Publishing, eBook Distribution, eBook Conversion, ISBN Barcode Assignment, eBook Cover Design, Author Websites & Web Hosting and their latest service; BookBaby Print, which is a custom short-run book printing service for authors looking to create beautiful and affordable books.

Lightning Source
IBPA Members Save up to 50%
IBPA publisher members qualify for a 50% discount ($37.50) on standard digital title set-up fee of $75 per title, and a 25% discount on scanned title set-up fee of $75 ($56.25) plus $.25/page (actual discount depends on number of pages).
IBPA members also receive increased volume discounts on their initial and reprint orders for new titles: 25-99 units ­ 10%, 100-249 ­ 20%, 249-499 ­ 25%, 500-999 ­ 30%, and 1000+ a 35% discount.

IBPA Members can save up to $1,000 annually

Papertrell is a cloud-based, feature rich, digital publishing platform that enables publishers to build, sustain, and grow a direct-to-consumer channel. With an integrated storefront and custom branded app, Papertrell gives your readers the best user experience. Whether you’re selling titles directly or wish to amplify your existing retail channels, Papertrell provides your marketing teams with the technology to compete in today’s digital landscape. With over 14 million recorded interactions, 130,000+ titles, and 50+ customers, Papertrell enables the world’s smartest publishing companies to get closer to their readers.


Lightning Source
IBPA Members Save up to 50%
IBPA publisher members qualify for a 50% discount ($37.50) on standard digital title set-up fee of $75 per title, and a 25% discount on scanned title set-up fee of $75 ($56.25) plus $.25/page (actual discount depends on number of pages).
IBPA members also receive increased volume discounts on their initial and reprint orders for new titles: 25-99 units ­ 10%, 100-249 ­ 20%, 249-499 ­ 25%, 500-999 ­ 30%, and 1000+ a 35% discount.


Ask the Experts Online
A benefit of membership
IBPA members can now “Ask the Experts Online” in the fields of Book Design, Publicity and Marketing, Publishing Law, Social Media, E-books, Amazon and more…
You have a question and you need an expert answer. IBPA’s “Ask the Experts Online” program will get that answer for you and, in the process, help other members as well.

IBPA Mentoring Program
Opportunities available only to IBPA Members
Got a question about publishing and wish you had a fellow publisher to ask who has “been there, done that?” Well now you do—and it’s included as part of your dues.

Independent Magazine
A benefit of membership
Frequently cited as one of the best member benefits, Independent features selected articles about the book publishing industry, including: legal questions, marketing issues, IBPA events, business tips and advice, along with other important and/or interesting information.

Publishers Weekly Magazine
IBPA Members Save 33%
Publishers Weekly is offering all members of IBPA signing on for a new subscription a rate of $167.49. The basic price is $249.99. Truly a great value. And the value gets better. is the redesigned web-site featuring access to the following;
PW Reviews Database
PW Archives- going back over 8 years of feature stories and articles
Industry E-mail alerts as they happen
Coming soon a Job Search feature to help you fill or find a new position
Newsletters-PW Daily and PW Newsline available only to paid print subscribers

Publishing University Online
IBPA Members Save 20%
Publishing industry experts, many of whom have spoken at IBPA’s successful Publishing University, present dynamic webinars on subjects of special interest to both new and experienced publishers.
Through an Internet and telephone connection, the audience participates in 60-minute programs with interactive Q & A. Participants receive a PDF of notes from the seminar, follow-up opportunities with speakers, and access to three free replays of the program.


MetaComet® Systems – Royalty Tracking
IBPA Members Save 20% Off Setup Fees and 10% discount on monthly fees

Simplify your royalty management process, maximize your accuracy, minimize waste, and reduce the time you spend managing royalties by up to 80%.

MetaComet® will quickly get you up and running and experiencing the benefits:

Cut your costs and increase efficiency by automating tedious repetitive tasks.
Simplify your process through an easy-to-use, intuitive solution.
Flexible enough for any publisher.
Powerful enough to handle virtually any contract complexity.
Integrate seamlessly with your existing systems including accounting, AP and GL.
Present a professional image to your authors.
24/7/365 access to your data, from anywhere, using just a web browser.
No hidden fees or long-term contract commitments.

Small Business Advisors, Inc.
IBPA Members Save 10%
Small Business Advisors, Inc. (SBA) helps publishers, small businesses, associations and not-for-profits run more smoothly and grow their businesses smartly. Launched in 1974, by Joseph Gelb, CPA, attorney and self-published author, Small Business Advisors has been serving publishers since 1992 when they published Eric Gelb’s Personal Budget Planner and joined IBPA.
Small Business Advisors services:
Monthly bookkeeping including general ledger entry; bank reconciliations; bill payment; payroll; payroll taxes; and financial statement preparation;
Ask the Advisor custom Q&A consulting service;
Sales tax registration and sales tax returns;
Year-end Federal and state income tax returns; and
Business plan writing and critique/evaluation.

Transworld Systems A/R and Collections – Up to 40% off
IBPA Members Save up to 40%
Transworld Systems Commercial Division, formerly NCO Financial Systems, is a provider of commercial accounts receivable management and recovery services and a division of Transworld Systems. They have recovered in excess of $500 million for clients over the past 5 years. Transworld Systems is dedicated to helping clients improve cash flow and reduce enterprise-wide costs for business-to-business creditors.
As a IBPA member, Transworld Systems Commercial Division offers you a discounted contingency fee of 23% on all domestic collection accounts over $200.00, less than one year from the date of last sale and still in business. Accounts that are foreign, over one year old, or already out of business are worked at 38%. This is a substantial savings off of their standard rates of 33% and 50% respectively. Any accounts that are forwarded to their Legal Management Division for suit are handled at 40% plus court costs.


Foreign Rights Licensing Agreement
Free for IBPA Members
IBPA has prepared a form that is one example of a contract for licensing foreign and translation rights by a U.S. publisher to a foreign publisher when the U.S. publisher controls foreign and translation rights in a work. The form has several blanks for various key terms (including advance, royalty rate, first printing, term and territory) that will need to be negotiated by the parties, agreed upon, and filled in appropriately BEFORE signing. All blanks must be filled in or crossed out before signing. Although many of the terms and conditions in the sample contract are fairly standard, every contract is subject to negotiation. In any case, you should satisfy yourself that the contract is suitable for your purposes before using it. Please be aware that IBPA is not in a position to offer legal advice, and you should consult with a publishing attorney of your choice to make sure that the contract is suitable.

Frankfurt Book Fair
Opportunities available only to IBPA Members
This is the largest international book fair in the world. This will be IBPA’s 27th year at the Fair and we have a list of more than 600 international contacts with whom we meet and make contacts for you to license the rights to publish your titles throughout the world.
Many of our members have achieved great success through participation in this bookfair and can now boast Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian and French versions of their titles.


Worldwide Insurance Services
Easy Access to Health Insurance for IBPA Members
IBPA has selected WorldWide Insurance Services, Inc. (WWINS) as the administrator of the IBPA endorsed Health Insurance Program. WWINS is committed to providing IBPA members with a high level of professional service for all of their health insurance needs. Since no single plan is right for everyone, the IBPA Health Insurance Plan provides the flexibility all IBPA members demand. Members are matched with the best managed care networks available in their areas. Also, your medical plan can be expanded to include other popular coverages such as dental, long and short term disability income, vision and life insurance. These coverages are available to groups of all sizes.


Dispute Resolution Program
Free for IBPA Members
The Dispute-Resolution Program (DRP) is a benefit for IBPA members. This program is designed to assist members who are in trade disputes with printers, distributors, vendors, and others in the book-publishing industry, and who have make a good-faith effort to resolve the dispute. The program’s aim is to resolve problems faster, and less expensively than a civil litigation. Its secondary goal is to educate members through resolution and common problems.
If you find yourself party to a dispute, consider seriously the IBPA Dispute Resolution Program, rather than going directly to court, or worse, dropping the complaint. Hopefully, some stage of this process will result in a mutually satisfactory resolution of your problem.

Publishers Liability Insurance
Easy Access to Liability Insurance for IBPA Members
Any time you publish a book(s), newspaper, magazine, e-zine, trade, directory, product or user’s guide, music, greeting cards & calendars, electronic (Internet publishing), print-on-demand, or CD you become a potential target for a lawsuit; often a staggeringly expensive one. Defamation, libel, invasion of privacy, plagiarism, providing defective advice or committing copyright/trademark infringement all have the potential of causing lawsuits and their associated costly expenses.

Any publisher of any size, type or kind, self publisher, POD publisher, one title publisher, vanity or subsidy publisher wishing to know or consider purchasing publishers errors and omission liability policy, may go to, answer a few typical application questions and receive a competitive media perils liability insurance proposal; the acquisition of which will allay those fears of exorbitant legal fees and damages.


Beyond the Book
IBPA Members Save up to $500
Beyond the Book, the premiere podcasting program on the book industry, and a division of the Copyright Clearance Center, is making a unique offer to IBPA members ­ professional podcast production and distribution. This offer is not available outside of IBPA membership.

Catalog Mailings
Opportunities available only to IBPA Members
IBPA marketing programs get results. Cooperative mailings, staffed exhibits, and catalog mailings allow you to benefit from IBPA’s experience, reputation and positive image while sharing costs with other publishers. These programs have been proven and refined over the years. They’ll help your sales grow efficiently and cost effectively.
IBPA helps you sell your titles with full color mailings to librarians, reviewers and booksellers. Reach buyers and decision makers with an exciting, professional and attractive promotion. These effective sales tools are very reasonably priced and offer great value to marketing programs of any size.

Constant Contact
IBPA Members Save 10-15%
Constant Contact’s leading email marketing and online survey tools—supported by its expert personal coaching and support—help all types of small businesses and organizations create professional-looking email newsletters and insightful online surveys and begin a dialogue with their customers.
This discount entitles you to 20% off for prepaying 6 months in advance or 25% off for prepaying 1 year in advance. That’s an additional 10% off standard Constant Contact discounting!

IBPA Cooperative Book Marketing
Available only to IBPA Members
The affordable IBPA marketing programs have been designed to assist the publisher obtain visibility, recognition and sales for books, audiobooks and e-books. All programs are cost-shared to ensure minimum dollars spent for maximum exposure. There are five major areas in which IBPA currently markets: Exhibits, Libraries, Direct Mail Catalogs, Cooperative Advertising, and On-line.

IBPA NetGalley Review Express
Save $50

Reach 310,000+ reviewers on NetGalley with the IBPA/NetGalley Book Review Express

With NetGalley, IBPA members can share galleys electronically, securely and instantly with reviewers, media, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and other contacts—you save the expense of processing, shipping and mailing galleys and IBPA does all the work!

IBPA has partnered with NetGalley to bring efficient, effective AND affordable galley distribution to IBPA members. For one flat fee, your title will be available to NetGalley reviewers in an online IBPA catalogue for 6 months.

IBPA NetGalley Marketing Program descriptions.

PR By the Book
IBPA Members Save 5% off 4+ month publicity retainer
PR by the Book specializes in taking your story to the media, and getting readers buzzing. They are a full-service publicity firm with a seven +-year history, helping bridge the gap between books and media. From start to finish, they help turn books and literary talent into news, utilizing both traditional and social media. Their publicity campaigns are available both long-term (6+ months) and short-term (2-4 months), and in addition to media outreach, they offer media training, publicity consulting services, social media set up and maintenance, book tour scheduling and speaking engagement outreach.


IBPA E-Newsletter
Available only to IBPA Members
Free e-newsletter filled with member news, photos, and industry tips.
Visit the newsletter archive

IBPA Forums
Available only to IBPA Members
IBPA has a forum area on its website where members can discuss publishing, ask for feedback, referrals, and advice, and network.

IBPA Member Directory
Available only to IBPA Members
IBPA has a membership of 4,000 + publishers and continues to grow each year. Its mission is to advance the professional interests of publishers, “Helping Each Other Achieve and Succeed.” Check here for information about the vast and varied IBPA membership.

Regional Affiliate Organizations
IBPA members with affiliate membership can apply for Publishing University Scholarships
IBPA is affiliated with many regional and specialty associations, and works with and through these groups to strengthen the publishing industry. Many publishers find that networking within these groups contributes to their success. Publishers are encouraged to join their regional associations. Access to IBPA Publishing University Scholarship Program for IBPA members only.


Copyright Clearance Center
Free for IBPA Members
In 2008, Copyright Clearance Center helped publishers and authors realize more than $120 million worth of royalties from the making of re-use copies in academic, corporate and research environments. Now more than ever, leveraging the Internet needs to be a core strategy for publishers when it comes to earning fees from such re-uses.
CCC’s online services for publishers currently include:
RightsConnect ­ linking directly from a publishers’ Web site to their works’ listed within CCC’s own online catalog; Grant Permission Online ­ allowing rightsholders to approve special permission requests online; and Pay-per-use permission services, including Rightslink, that provide instant permission to use and share content on an as-need basis.
As an IBPA member, you can authorize your titles free-of-charge in all of Copyright Clearance Center’s programs.

IBPA Resource Directory
Available only to IBPA Members
A printed guide featuring a listing of all IBPA members, member active and backlist titles, affiliate organizations, and a vendor directory.

IBPA’s Human Touch
A benefit of membership
Since 1983, IBPA’s mission has been to help publishers achieve and succeed. In this day and age of voice mail, email and faceless electronic communication, if you call the IBPA office, you will get a real live person who will either answer your question or find the answer for you. If the office is closed or lines all busy and you get voice mail, you will get a call back by the end of the business day. We promise.


American Library Association Conference (ALA)
Opportunities available only to IBPA Members
This annual ALA show attracts all types of librarians…from the public, private and school sector across the country and throughout the world. IBPA has a small block of booths reserved for this show, and if you would prefer to have a full booth or share a booth with another IBPA member, now is the time you should sign up for this event.
If you would prefer to display your title or titles within the IBPA complex, where titles are displayed face-out in specific genre and a special catalog developed for this show for the librarians.
It’s always a good idea to attend a book show if you can and IBPA can arrange for badges for those who request them in advance of the show. There will also be an opportunity to do a book signing or demonstration at this show.

Book Expo America (BEA)
Opportunities available only to IBPA Members
IBPA has again secured a good location on the show floor. If you would like to make reservations for multiple booths, a full booth, or a shared booth within the IBPA Complex of booths on the floor. If you want to get your title in front of bookstore buyers, a select library crowd, radio and television show producers, magazine editors, catalogers and other premium buyers, AND a select grouping of foreign rights licensing agents, this is the show where you should display your book.
If you are interested in having your individual title(s) displayed at the IBPA booth and represented by IBPA staff, you can sign up at this time. We will need one copy of your title for this show.
As always, if possible, it’s a good idea to attend the shows at which your title is displayed. IBPA can secure a discounted or FREE ticket to this show if you decide to attend. That information will be sent with your title registration.

Frankfurt Book Fair
Opportunities available only to IBPA Members
This is the largest international book fair in the world. This will be IBPA’s 27th year at the Fair and we have a list of more than 600 international contacts with whom we meet and make contacts for you to license the rights to publish your titles throughout the world.
Many of our members have achieved great success through participation in this bookfair and can now boast Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian and French versions of their titles.

We hope you will find this list of benefits useful, but as with any supplier or service, we recommend that you contact the company directly to make sure they fit your specific business needs. If you need more digital publishing help and there is a benefit you’d like to see listed here, please contact