Differences between Lightning Source and IngramSpark

Although there are some differences between the Lightning Source and IngramSpark platforms and services, as described further below, there are also similarities:

BOTH INGRAMSPARK AND LIGHTNING SOURCE OFFER

  • Same Print On Demand book manufacturing
  • Same book trim sizes, cover options, interior papers, and interior print options
  • Same file requirements for print interior and cover files (See File Creation Guide)
  • Access to Ingram's global network of more than 39,000+ retailers, bookstores and libraries
  • Access to a support team 7 days a week

INGRAMSPARK

  • Create an account online, set up titles, and upload files to IngramSpark all on the same day. IngramSpark accepts credit cards only and clients must be able to provide digital signatures on contracts and agreements.
  • Ebook Services:
    • Ebook file requirements: epub for interior and jpg for cover
    • Ebook conversion service: have a print book converted to an ebook through IngramSpark (60 cents per page)
    • Distribution through CoreSource
  • Fees (US$):
    • Paperback or hardback - $49 Setup fee
    • Paperback or hardback AND ebook, if set up at the same time - $49 setup fee
    • Ebook only - $25 Setup fee
    • Revisions ($25 per file once in production)
  • Free distribution to Ingram's global network
  • Option to purchase a discounted ISBN for $85 during title setup, which you own (US only)
  • Offer between a 30% and 55% wholesale discount, although a 55% discount is suggested so retailers and bookstores receive their normal trade discount
  • To sign up, go here: www.ingramspark.com

LIGHTNING SOURCE

  • Lightning Source is best suited for those publishers who have their business needs met by a managed publishing solution utilizing comprehensive market coverage, modernized printing technology, and offering a more hands-on and expansive publishing experience. Lightning Source offers both credit card or credit terms to publishers, depending on their business eligibility. It may take several days to a week before an account is activated, depending on how quickly banks provide references and information.

  • Fees (US$):
    • Paperback or hardback - $75 Setup fee
    • Revisions ($40 per file once in production)
    • Scanning- Lightning Source can scan an already existing book ($75 for the cover and $0.25 per page for BW interior) and create the digital files needed for printing
  • $12 yearly Global Distribution Fee AKA Market Access fee, per title, to access Ingram's global network
  • Offer between a 25% to 55% wholesale discount, although a 55% discount is suggested so retailers and bookstores receive their normal trade discount
  • No ebook setup available through Lightning Source but can use IngramSpark for ebook distribution or go direct to CoreSource (Speak to a LS sales rep for more information about CoreSource)
  • To sign up, go here: https://myaccount.lightningsource.com/account/signup
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