COMING SOON

Lightning Source Sharjah

A gateway for international publishing and bookselling into the Arab & African Markets


"The opportunity to distribute content close to these regional markets is key, since speed is always a consideration when shipping from the US or UK."
- John Ingram,
Chairman of Ingram Content Group

"It is a wonderful sign of confidence in the publishing business opportunities in Sharjah, the UAE, the Middle East, and Africa, that Ingram will now have a Lightning Source facility in the region offering full POD services. This will be a gamechanger for the book industry, creating access to millions of books from around the world to be printed locally. This new service will facilitate tapping into the region’s billion-dollar book market that is becoming more robust, receptive, and competitive than ever."
- HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri,
Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority

Publisher FAQs

What services will be available from the new facility?

The new site will work in the same way as any other Lightning Source facility. You will be able to print your titles locally starting at a unit of one. You will also be able to set a local wholesale price, allowing retailers in the region to purchase your content.

Where is the new facility located?

The Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone, Sharjah, United Emirates

Which regions will you ship to?

Due to its location, the Sharjah facility is ideally located to support many regions in the Middle East and North African markets. This includes:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

How can I access this service?

Step One: If you are an existing Lightning Source publisher, a signed Sharjah Agreement or updated Global Agreement is needed to activate this new facility on your account. If you do not have an existing Lightning Source account, you can sign up for an account here.

Step Two: Once you have a Lightning Source account, to make your titles available to retailers within the local market, you will need to add Sharjah market pricing and a wholesale discount. To activate this, please register your interest below and somebody will be in touch to explain the next steps.

Which retailers and distributors do you intend to supply?

It is our intention to work with the key resellers within the region.

This includes:

  • Amazon.ae
  • CIEL
  • Jashanmal
  • Kinokuniya
  • Librairie Antoine
  • Magrudy’s
  • Noon
  • Pan World
  • Riprocket
  • The Al Maya Group

A complete list can be provided on request.

I’m an author and I’m thinking about self-publishing, can you help me with this?

Yes, we can! Please visit www.ingramspark.com

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Retailer FAQs

How does the new Sharjah Lightning Source facility support retailers?

If you are a retailer in the United Arab Emirates, or one of the countries listed below, you will soon have the option to buy books from our new Lightning Source Print-on-Demand facility in Sharjah.

Initial countries with access to the Sharjah operation include:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Lebanon
  • Kuwait
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Bahrain
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Pakistan
  • Turkey
  • Israel

How does it work?

You will receive a wholesale discount and retailer terms. The titles available from Sharjah are produced using Lightning Source’s market-leading Print-on-Demand technology.

What type of books will be available?

There will be a broad range of titles in English, Arabic and many other languages. This will include titles from the largest trade and academic publishers alongside smaller independents and everything in between.

Where is the new facility located?

The Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone, Sharjah, United Emirates

How will I be supported?

Local customer support will be available in both English and Arabic. We will assist you with set-up, ordering, discount terms, freight & payment arrangements.

What are the next steps?

Register your interests here and we will be in touch with further information.

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