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IBPA Supports ALLi's Statement Against Author In-store Bulk Purchases

Wednesday, August 5, 2020   (1 Comments)
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The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) supports the Alliance of Independent Authors' (ALLi's) statement re. author in-store bulk purchases. Background related to the statement are on the ALLi blog here and summerized below.

Statement from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) re. Author In-store Bulk Purchases

(London, UK - July 27, 2020) -- The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) advises self-publishers against in-store, bulk purchases of their own books in order to influence bestseller rankings, or for any other personal goal. This recommendation does not include small purchases (fewer than ten copies) for personal use/hand-selling, though members are encouraged to use author-copy facilities where feasible.

Bulk self-purchases by authors are unfair to retailers and distributors, who provide routes for/caps on author purchases so that potential impropriety is prevented; to data analytics companies who assess book sales data and cannot stand over author purchases as verifiable; to readers, who trust rankings as a reflection of verifiable sales; and to authors, most of whom do not have the wherewithal or inclination to make bulk in-store purchases. Self-purchasing books for personal gain also adversely affects the reputation of the author community.

Accuracy in book sales data is important. ALLi has been working with partner member Nielsen Book UK to include self-published books in sales counts and to improve the accuracy and analysis of those counts. Indie author book sales are now starting to appear more accurately in publishing statistics and this has knock-on benefits for self-publishing authors in many ways–including, but not limited to, education, training, funding, inclusion and influence.

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You can read the full announcement at the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) website here.


Eddie Jones, WritersCoach says...
Posted Friday, August 7, 2020
I know of an author who supports her local bookseller and only buys her author copies from that store. She wants to give back to the seller who supports her writing. Even though she could buy her books for less from her publisher, she pays more to buy from the store. (And no, she is not self-published. Her publisher is one of the Big Five.) I think I understand the intent of the statement but during a time when booksellers of struggling the timing may not be the best.

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