Differences between Lightning Source and IngramSpark

IngramSpark is the preferred platform for self-published authors and independent publishers. Lightning Source may be a better fit for larger publishers who can meet the requirements for a new account, described further below, or who need services only offered by Lightning Source.

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:

  • Easily and quickly create an account online, set up titles, and upload files to IngramSpark all on the same day
  • 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

  • Publisher must meet new account qualification standards: 100 published titles and $25,000.00 in yearly revenue, but, may be able to have a Lightning Source account with fewer titles or if a service is needed that is not provided by IngramSpark. There's lots of paperwork to fill out and submit. It may take several days to a week before an account is activated, depending on how quickly banks provide references and information.
  • Fees (US$):
    • 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 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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