2018 Holiday Ordering Information

Preparedness is an important part of a successful holiday sales season. 

Because of high seasonal demands placed on you, mail carriers, and our production facilities, please place your orders by the following dates so that we can make our best efforts to get them to you in a timely manner:

Recommended Holiday Order Date Deadlines

Hardcover - November 26, 2018
Paperback - December 3, 2018


***Rush and express service level options will not be available after November 21, 2018, but will return in the New Year.***


Follow these tips for a brilliant holiday performance: 

1. Upcoming special events for the year? Order those books now.

2. Higher volume orders can take longer. Order those books now

3. Different book types have different turnaround times. Order now

4. Printing, shipping, and processing are all impacted during the holidays. Order your books NOW!

Other Important Notes

  • Any posted turnaround times are only valid for titles that are marked as APPROVED FOR PRINTING OR DOWNLOAD.
  • The peak months of November, December and early January may experience turnaround times that could exceed 10 business days. Please refer to the Lightning Source website for the latest turnaround time updates.
  • Proofs will move to a once per week print schedule starting November 16th-January 1st.
  • Once you’ve placed your order, check your ORDER STATUS from the account orders page.

Meet customer demand and your holiday sales goals. 

Start planning now and place your orders. 

Printing turn-around times may vary at each facility. Current print times are listed below:

  • US is 15 days for paperback and 20 days for hardback
  • UK is 5 days for paperback and 10 days for hardback
  • AU is 8 days for paperback and 10 days for hardback



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