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Lightning Source Sharjah Offers One Million Titles to Retailers in the Middle East, Celebrates Anniversary Milestone

December 15, 2022

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (December 15, 2022) — Lightning Source Sharjah, a joint venture between Ingram Content Group’s Lightning Source LLC and the Sharjah Book Authority, now offers over one million titles to retailers and libraries across the Middle East and greater region. This vast and growing title catalog establishes Lightning Source Sharjah as the largest print-on-demand distribution operation in the market to the benefit of both publishers and retailers. This milestone comes one year since the company’s initial launch in November 2021. Lightning Source Sharjah’s titles are supplied in 169 different languages from a range of publishers encompassing trade, academic and religious segments.

Since opening in the Sharjah Publishing City last year, Lightning Source Sharjah has helped publishers efficiently and sustainably meet consumer, retailer and library demand in the region. Over 300 retailers and distributors in the region, including Kinokuniya, CIEL, Magrudy’s and PanWorld, order directly from Lightning Source Sharjah with the benefit of improved delivery times, increased customer satisfaction and reduced supply chain costs.

“The new Lightning Source facility in Sharjah is a win-win-win situation for our customers, authors and Kinokuniya UAE alike,” said Steve Jones, store manager at Kinokuniya in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. “Now, we can receive stock within a couple of days — cutting lead times by a few weeks. We look forward to using this service even more in the future.”

Hassan Ali, Business Development Manager for the region, has worked diligently over the last year to sign many of the local publishers in the region with Lightning Source for global distribution, including Al Qasimi, Motivate and Obeikan.  

For more information on Lightning Source Sharjah, visit here.

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About Ingram Content Group |

The world is reading, and Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) connects people with content in all forms. Providing comprehensive services for publishers, retailers, libraries and educators, Ingram makes these services seamless and accessible through technology, innovation, and creativity. With an expansive global network of offices and facilities, Ingram’s services include digital and physical book distribution, print-on-demand, and digital learning. Ingram Content Group is a part of Ingram Industries Inc. and includes Ingram Book Group LLC, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Lightning Source LLC, Ingram Library Services LLC, Tennessee Book Company LLC, Ingram Content Group UK Ltd. and Ingram Content Group Australia Pty Ltd.

‍About Sharjah Book Authority |  

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) was launched in 2014, under an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. SBA's mandate includes enhancing investment in creative industries, building a platform for culture and knowledge exchange between people, highlighting the importance of books in today's multimedia world, and supporting the children's book industry.