View Full Version : Printing and distribution

06-04-2008, 11:15 PM
Hi just a question... what is the average # of books a publisher distributes on the first edition of a book?

06-05-2008, 06:27 AM

I'm not sure there is a good answer to this. It depends entirely on the publisher and the publisher's budget for the book. Some do small runs, some do larger ones.

06-05-2008, 08:37 AM
It definitely depends on the publisher as well as their editorial board consensus about the audience, market, and saleability of a particular book. While there is no universal definitive number, the publisher has a pretty good idea of the initial distribution. Of course they are not likely to tell us what that is.

aka eraser
06-05-2008, 07:05 PM
These folks are right - there's no definitive number. But you can be pretty sure it'll be a number large enough to cover their investment and make a few bucks if it sells out. Depending on the advance paid, promotional budget, printing and shipping costs etc. it may be as few as a couple of thousand copies or as many as 100,000+.

06-08-2008, 08:24 AM
We also have to keep separate printing and distribution. A publisher may print 100,000 copies, but then only be able to distribute 50,000 because of a lack of interest or budget. The other 50,000 eventually get sold as remainders. If they are mass-market, they just get tossed.