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A wholesale book distributor is different from a distributor because a wholesaler buys your book, while a distributor has it on consignment. With a distributor, unsold books can be returned and you may have to wait three months to be paid for any copies sold. Wholesalers will expect a substantial discount off the cover price of your book and will want to be convinced that you have a sound marketing plan to help promote the book. Some of the major wholesale book distributors are: Baker and Taylor, Ingram, Quality Books and Bookpeople.