Compensation Payment Schedule

The following is an example of the Print On Demand distribution pricing (US dollars) for a 200-page 6x9 paperback and how the compensation you earn for a book sale is calculated:

(This is just an example)

$20.00 Retail/List Price you set

-55% Wholesale discount (what our distribution partners receive**)

$ 9.00 What the distribution partner pays us

-$3.66 Print cost 

$5.34  Compensation paid to you for every book sold

**NOTE ABOUT WHOLESALE DISCOUNTS: Bookstores do not receive the wholesale discount you offer. Offering a 53% to 55% wholesale discount allows bookstores to receive their normal trade discounts from distributors and wholesalers they buy books from. 

Lightning Source remits these payments within 90 days of the month-end reporting period following the sale.

Payment Options

  • USD Check – Compensation payments are not deposited until the amount due reaches $100.00. 
  • USD PayPal - No minimum
  • USD ACH direct deposit (must be US-based bank) - No minimum
  • CAD ACH direct deposit (must be Canada-based bank) - Payments are not released until the amount due reaches $25.00.
  • GBP BACS direct deposit (must be UK based bank) - No minimum
  • EUR BACS direct deposit (must be EURZONE based bank) - Payments are not released until the amount due reaches $25.00.
  • AUD BACS direct deposit (must be AU based bank, NO NZL banks) - Payments are not released until the amount due reaches $25.00.

Changes should be applied online by the publisher.  See below for instructions.  

Instructions For Updating Payment Information Online

  • Log on to your Lightning Source account 
  • Click the drop-down arrow in the top right-hand corner
  • Select “Publisher Compensation” 
  • Select one currency type. Note, the selected currency will impact all markets (US, UK, and AU).  Please contact the Lightning Source Accounts Payable Department if, for example, payment information for the US market differs from that in the UK.  These changes will be handled internally.
  • Click “Edit” or “Add Compensation Information”
  • Update or add payment information. When entering your bank checking account information, please do not use spaces or dashes when entering account numbers, routing numbers, etc. We cannot deposit compensation earnings into bank savings accounts. 
  • Click “Save”

Instructions to Update Publishers Compensation Payee Mailing Address

  • Log on to your Lightning Source account
  • Click the drop-down arrow in the top right-hand corner
  • Select “Account Information”
  • Scroll down to Publishers Compensation Mailing Address
  • Click “Edit” to update the address
  • Click “Save”

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Ebook Compensation Payment Schedule

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