Anytime an author purchases an ISBN from BookBaby we will be listed as the publisher of the title. Authors always retain 100% of the rights to their titles and can cancel and remove their titles from BookBaby at anytime.
In order to facilitate the print on demand distribution of your title BookBaby must be listed as the publisher on record with all retailers even though we claim no ownership rights to your title whatsoever.
Because of the supply chain required to support print on demand sales through our vast retailer network BookBaby must be listed as the publisher for all printed books that we distribute. The reason for this is because the retailer's systems are built around the publisher. That means that when BookBaby is listed as the publisher the retailers know who to order the printed books from when they need more inventory, the process for creating that order, how much and when to pay us for the sales, and who to contact should a question need to be answered.
Authors can still use their own ISBN # if they choose but BookBaby must still show as the publisher with the online retailers. Authors can list their own publishing company name as the imprint, however, not all retailers will show the imprint name on their websites.
eBook Only Distribution
If an author chooses to only distribute an eBook version of their title and they choose to supply their own ISBN BookBaby can, in these cases, show the authors Publishing Company name as the publisher on the retailers websites. The reason that this is possible is because there is no print supply change to be managed for eBook only sales and the retailer is only delivering a digital file to their buyers.