Print to Order • Print to Publisher • Print
Choosing the right model for your needs
At Lightning Source, we offer a print and distribution model for every publisher,
every title and every situation. Because these are complete vertical integration
models, a single communication drives the production process all the way to order
fulfillment. Provide us with the quantity and the destination and we’ll handle all
the necessary details.
Print to Order (Wholesale, Distribution)
With print to order, the traditional model is turned upside down by selling titles
on a publisher’s behalf and paying the publisher the wholesale price of the book,
less print costs for each book sold through the largest network of distribution partners.
Using your ISBNs as identifiers, we print as orders are received from wholesalers, retailers
or consumers so you’re never out of stock of a desired book.
Ingram Distribution Channel
Using the distribution strength of our affiliated company, Ingram Book Company, your book
always appears in stock and available to Ingram customers. Ingram takes content from 30,000
publishers and can have it distributed to 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution
partners in 220 countries and territories around the world. With print to order, your book
can be printed and ready for shipment in as little as 12 hours.
Other Distribution Channels
We maintain relationships with the most comprehensive portfolio of booksellers, distributors,
and resellers serving consumers today as evidenced by the list below. This relationship enables
us to make your titles available to these channels, however the individual practices of each
channel determines whether your titles are made available by them or show as "in stock."
Lightning Source Distribution Partners