Get Started With Ingram's Lightning Source
We work across the full publishing spectrum, from some of the largest names in the business to local indie authors. We offer the publishing solutions you have been looking for.
Your Benefits as a small publisher
Growth begins here
Dramatically increased market exposure
Once you've signed on with Lightning Source, your title information is broadcast for inclusion in the electronic catalogs of thousands of points of sale.
Access to the world's largest distribution channel
No other distribution channel connects you to more wholesalers, retailers and booksellers than Lightning Source, plus our Internet relationships make easy for book buyers to find your titles.
Improved inventory control; reduced overhead
Order only what you need, greatly reducing or even eliminating your need for warehousing. Because every book is a wanted book, you never tie up capital with unwanted stock or spend money on shipping unless there's a confirmed sale.
Profitability on every single book sold
Whether you require a single copy or thousands, our rates are structured so you always make money on every sale, with profitability increasing as your volume increases.
Fast turn-around on orders
Orders are typically shipped within 24 hours and often in as little as 12 hours from the moment the order is received.
Complete fulfillment services
You can also reduce overhead by authorizing Lightning Source to function as your fulfillment house. We can even apply your shipping labels, becoming your invisible partner in getting orders to customers.
Minimized returns and pulping
Because every book is a wanted book, your returns are minimal and the need for pulping is virtually eliminated. It saves you cash and allows you to become more "green" as a publisher.
Revival of backlist sales
Once demand of a title diminishes, it typically goes out of print, thus ending its life of profitability. With LIGHTNING® print on demand & distribution services, your titles are always considered in-print and immediately available so you never miss a sale. Our model also allows you to affordably offer your books in large-print, additional languages or other versions, expanding your sales on titles already in your catalog.