Frequently Asked Questions

Sales, Marketing and Distribution (Print)

The print books published through Pothi.com are sold through Pothi.com's Online Store. These can be sold through other online book stores we have partnered with, if you opt for our extended online distribution service.

Books published through Pothi.com are by default sold through Pothi.com's Online Store, which ships worldwide. You can also opt for our extended online distribution to sell the books through other online stores.

The books that are in distribution can be supplied to offline retailers or distributors in some cases, if there is a demand. It depends on the distribution plan you have opted for. Check the details on the distribution services page.

You can opt for our extended online distribution service to sell the books through other online stores. If there is a demand from an offline distributor or retailer of a book that is in distribution, we can supply the books under certain conditions. These depend on the distribution plan you opt for. Check the plan details of distribution services page.

Extended Online Distribution is an add-on service that authors can avail to sell their books through online channels like Flipkart and Amazon.in.

Details are available here.

There are three plans available for extended online distribution.

  1. Standard
  2. Premium - 200
  3. Premium - 600

In Standard plan, little to no inventory is maintained and orders are fulfilled by printing on demand. In case of Premium - 200 and Premium - 600 plans the books are printed in the lots of 200 and 600 copies respectively. This brings down the production cost and authors can either set a lower price for their books or earn a higher royalty at the same price.

More details are available on extended online distribution page.

Standard Distribution Plan is the distribution service where orders are fulfilled by maintaining little to no inventory. Hence, authors do not need to invest upfront in bulk printing. The downside is that the book has to be priced higher than in the case of premium plans.

Premium - 200 Distribution Plan is the distribution service where 200 copies of the book are printed in one go. The author needs to invest upfront in the production of these copies. The advantage is that the production cost goes down. Hence, the author can earn higher royalties or set a lower price for the book.

Premium - 600 Distribution Plan is the distribution service where 600 copies of the book are printed in one go. The author needs to invest upfront in the production of these copies. The advantage is that the production cost goes down. Hence, the author can earn higher royalties or set a lower price for the book.

Standard Distribution plan is good if

  • Your book is not in a price-sensitive market, or
  • You don't mind lower royalties to keep the price low, or
  • You are experimenting with distribution and not yet ready to make upfront investment in inventory.

Premium plans are good if

  • You want to lower the price of your book, or
  • You want to earn higher royalties, or
  • You are sure of the book's market potential and don't mind investing upfront to increase your returns.

The choice between Premium - 200 and Premium - 600 depends on what your price and royalty goals are and how much upfront investment you are comfortable making.

There are three plans available for extended online distribution services at Pothi.com:

  1. Standard
  2. Premium - 200
  3. Premium - 600

The difference between the plans is in size of inventory maintained, which in turn affects the price and royalty of the books and the cost to the author. In Premium options, we print 200 or 600 copies for you, which reduces the production cost of copies. So, you can either set a lower price earning the same royalty, or earn a higher royalty keeping the price the same as in the Standard option. Details specific to each option are given below.

Service Plan/
Details
Standard Premium - 200 Premium - 600
Cost to Author/Publisher
  • Rs. 1500/- one time setup fee
  • Rs. 1000/- yearly renewal fee (currently waived)
  • Rs. 1500/- one time setup fee
  • Rs. 1000/- yearly renewal fee
  • Discounted Author Price for 200 copies
  • Rs. 1500/- one time setup fee
  • Rs. 1000/- yearly renewal fee
  • Discounted Author Price for 600 copies
Royalty
(Estimate at Price and Royalty Calculator)
Standard Distribution Royalty Premium Distribution Royalty (Higher than Standard for the same book and same price)
The discounted Author Price of the copy is also reimbursed along with royalty as the sales happen.
Premium Distribution Royalty (Higher than Standard and Premium-200 for the same book and same price)
The discounted Author Price of the copy is also reimbursed along with royalty as the sales happen.
Inventory A very small inventory (typically of 1-4 copies, sometimes higher depending on the demand) may be maintained by us (not guaranteed). But it is managed internally and no intervention is required from the author 200 copies are printed in one go and orders are fulfilled from that. No extra charges for inventory maintenance for the distribution term. 600 copies are printed in one go and orders are fulfilled from that. No extra charges for inventory maintenance for the distribution term.
Renewal Yearly Yearly or at exhaustion of the inventoried copies, whichever is earlier.
If copies have exhausted before the annual term is over, author can replenish the inventory by paying the Discounted Author Price for 200 copies again. There would be no need to pay the renewal fee.
Same as Premium - 200
Remainder Inventory NA If copies remain in the inventory after annual term (with author not renewing it) or when the author wants to pull the book out of the distribution, the copies can be shipped to him at his cost. Else, they will be discarded. Same as Premium - 200
Supply to retailers/distributors who are not our partners Against advance payments only Against advance payments
OR
At author’s risk from the inventory (That is, the royalty will not be payable until the payment is received from the buyer. We won’t be responsible for non-payment).
Same as Premium - 200
Yes, you can by paying the discounted author price for the copies to be printed for Premium Distribution. Please contact us to help you with the switch and mention which premium distribution plan you want to switch to.
If the copies for Premium - 200 distribution have already been printed, then the switch cannot be made until these copies have exhausted and you pay afresh for Premium - 600 distribution. You can choose to get the copies shipped to yourself (by bearing the shipping cost), then order Premium - 600 distribution.

You can calculate the discounted author price using our Printing Cost Calculator.

For Premium - 200, you will pay the per copy price under 100+ copies category and 200 copies will be printed at that price.

For Premium - 600, you will pay the per copy price under 500+ category and 600 copies will be printed at that price.