Ignite Ebook Information

Ebook Distribution Overview

Distributing your ebook with Lightning Source gives you access to the major players for global online ebook distribution. We’ve focused our ebook distribution to the retailers who provide the most value so that you can publish like a pro.

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  • Amazon*
  • Apple**
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • Bookmate
  • Chegg 
  • De Marque Retail
  • eBooks.com
  • Gardners
  • Hummingbird DM
  • ITSI Education UK
  • Kobo
  • Libreka
  • Libri
  • LitRes eBook
  • RedShelf (Virdocs)
  • SpoonRead
  • VitalSource
  • Wook

For sales to these retailers (excluding Apple and Amazon), the purchase discount for Ignite titles will be set at 30%.

Compensation for eBook sales through all channels listed here except for Amazon and Apple can be calculated as:

  • List Price – Purchase Discount= Purchase Price
  • Purchase Price x Units Sold – Refunds – Returns= Net Sales
  • Net Sales – Digital Distribution Fee= Digital Compensation.  

Amazon and Apple purchase discounts are outlined in their respective agreements.


Fixed layout EPUBs will only be available on Apple, Kobo, and Libreka. Barnes and Noble accept fixed layout EPUBs for children's books only.

*If you have provided any ebooks to Amazon for the Kindle in the past 12 months, Lightning Source will not be able to provide service to Kindle.

**If you currently have ebook content available on Apple, you will need to remove those ebooks from the iBook store prior to uploading those same titles into Lightning Source. Also, any reviews or ratings of that content will not transfer when your titles reappear in the iBook store.

Schedule time with your account manager to hear more about ebooks here.

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