IBPA Supports Ingram's New "Catalog Integrity" Policy
Friday, February 28, 2020
On February 28, 2020, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Board of Directors unanimously agreed to support Ingram Content Group's "catalog integrity" policy.
The new policy, announced February 26, 2020 and in effect April 27, 2020, will remove print content from Ingram's catalog that does harm to buyers and affects the reputations of Ingram's publisher, retailer, and library partners. The IBPA Board of Directors agrees with Ingram that the new policy is a "necessary stand to uphold the integrity of and reduce bias against independently published works."
As of April 27, 2020, the below criteria describes the types of content that may not be accepted by IngramSpark and LightningSource going forward:
- Summaries, workbooks, abbreviations, insights, or similar type content without permission from the original author.
- Books containing blank pages exceeding ten percent, notepads, scratchpads, journals, or similar type content.
- Books or content that mirror/mimic popular titles, including without limiting, similar covers, cover design, title, author names, or similar type content.
- Books that are misleading or likely to cause confusion by the buyer, including without limiting, inaccurate descriptions and cover art.
- Books listed at prices not reflective of the book’s market value.
- Books scanned from original versions where all or parts contain illegible content to the detriment of the buyer.
- Books created using artificial intelligence or automated processes.
"Personally, I can’t imagine how an independent publisher’s legitimate business could be caught out under Ingram’s new policy,” said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. “Everything here is about adhering to professional standards - don't plagiarize, don't mislead, don't price way above or below market value, don't create awful looking content from scanned content that you might not even own. I'm fully comfortable with the IBPA Board of Directors' decision to support the policy."
IBPA members can find more information about the kinds of titles that will be under review by Ingram via the FAQs below.
About the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Founded to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,200 members, IBPA is the largest independent publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry. For more information, visit www.ibpa-online.org.