BookBaby POD (print on demand) services allow authors the opportunity to sell their books to major retailers like Amazon, and Barnes & Noble’s, while avoiding the large upfront investment, and risks, of printing and warehousing large quantities of books. This means that BookBaby prints to the demand of the retailers. Typically the retailers try to store a small quantity of books, 2 weeks’ worth of inventory, in their warehouses so they can show a stocking status of “In Stock Ships Today”. The retailers use complex algorithms to forecast their 2 week inventory requirements. Sometimes the retailers will sell out of this inventory quicker than expected and while they are ordering more books from us, and while we are fulfilling their orders back to them, the retailers websites will display a stocking status of “temporarily out of stock”. This message means just what it says, “temporary”. Once a stocking status flips to “temporarily out of stock” it usually takes 2-3 weeks for the stocking status to revert back to “In Stock Ships Today”; however, while the stocking status is set to “temporarily out of stock” the buy button is still present on your book listing page and buyers can still purchase your books. This process is not unique to BookBaby and is normal for retail sales. Even top sellers will sometimes show as “temporarily out of stock”.