La Vergne, TN (May 30, 2000) – Lightning Source today announced an agreement to offer its more than 9,000 titles to customers of Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). Enhancing Amazon.com’s vast product selection, this agreement will give Amazon.com customers access to a whole new selection of books that include many hard-to-find, out-of-print or otherwise unavailable titles. Book enthusiasts will now have ready access to thousands of hard-to-find literary works – just in time for summer reading.
"We believe that a relationship between Amazon.com, the number one online book retailer, and Lightning Source, a leader in electronic print-on-demand, is a natural fit," said Ed Marino, President and CEO of Lightning Source. "Everyone from authors to publishers to customers will benefit from the highest caliber of service and selection now possible through print-on-demand books."
"Amazon.com is known for our selection and service, and we are pleased to offer Lightning Source’s unique library to our 20 million customers," said Lyn Blake, Amazon.com General Manager, Books. "Customers can now explore and experience works they may never have had the chance to read or would have waited weeks to receive."
Lightning Source also announced it would expand its operations by opening a West Coast facility later this year. A specific location has not yet been determined.
How It Works
Lightning Source electronically stores books and documents, many of which are hard-to-find or out-of-print titles, in a digital library. When an Amazon.com customer places an order for a book that is in Lightning Source’s library, Lightning Source will print that title "on demand" – whether the order is for one, 100 or 1,000 books. Once ordered, the books will be printed and sent to Amazon.com for direct shipment to customers. Lightning Source will be Amazon.com’s exclusive print-on-demand source for titles in Lightning Source’s digital library. As part of the agreement Amazon.com will work with Lightning Source to encourage publishers to provide additional titles to continue expanding the print-on-demand library selection.
"As Lightning Source’s selection continues to grow, Amazon.com will be able to offer additional hard-to-find titles to its customers," said Marino. "Working together, we can seamlessly offer content quickly and conveniently, and continue to uncover new literary offerings in the ever-changing e-marketplace." Lightning Source (www.lightningsource.com), a subsidiary of Ingram Industries Inc., is a recognized leader in the print-on-demand industry, having printed more than 800,000 books for more than 500 publishers around the world. The company stores books and other information electronically and delivers them "on demand" in either traditional printed format or as eBooks in response to orders from booksellers, librarians and publishers. Lightning Source’s digital library currently holds more than 9,000 titles and is growing by an average of 250 titles per week.
ABOUT LIGHTNING SOURCE
Lightning Source Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Industries Inc., provides a comprehensive suite of demand-driven publishing solutions for publishers. The company is revolutionizing the options available to the industry in the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. Lightning Source stores books and other information electronically and delivers them “on demand” in either traditional printed format or as e-Books in response to orders from booksellers, librarians, and publishers. Lightning Source has printed over 40,000,000 books for over 4,500 publishers around the world. For more information, visit our website at www.lightningsource.com