Catalog Integrity - Content Not Permitted

Ingram’s Lightning Source takes a necessary stand to uphold the integrity of and reduce bias against independently published works. To align with our industry’s needs for content integrity, we will actively remove content from our catalog that does harm to buyers or the reputations of our publishers and retail and library partners. We take violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously. You must ensure that your content doesn’t violate laws or copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other rights and must comply with federal, state, and local laws. The below criteria describes the types of content that may not be accepted:

-- Summaries, workbooks, abbreviations, insights, or similar types of content without permission from the original author.

-- Books containing blank pages exceeding ten percent, notepads, scratchpads, journals, or similar type content.

-- Books or content that mirror/mimic popular titles, including without limiting, similar covers, cover design, title, author names, or similar type content.

-- Books that are misleading or likely to cause confusion by the buyer, including without limiting, inaccurate descriptions and cover art.

-- Books listed at prices not reflective of the book’s literary value.

-- Books scanned from original versions where all or parts contain illegible content to the detriment of the buyer.

-- Books created using artificial intelligence or automated processes.

-- Content that is duplicated across titles in the same format in multiple trim sizes.

-- Public domain content may be free to use by anyone or may be licensed for use by more than one party. We will not accept content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of that content. We do accept public domain content but may choose not to sell a public domain book if its content is undifferentiated or barely differentiated from one or more other books.

-- Content that promotes, incites, or glorifies hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance or promotes organizations with such views, including without limitation content that depicts child abuse and exploitation, contains pornography, glorifies rape or pedophilia, promotes terrorism or bodily harm, as well as, or other material that may be inappropriate or offensive, including book covers and book marketing materials.

Lightning Source reserves the right to remove books containing the above criteria without prior notice to the publisher.  Your account may also be subject to closure for multiple violations of these guidelines, including for reports of multiple infringement claims. Any fees paid to Lightning Source on behalf of the publisher will not be refunded if the book is removed due to a violation of one of the above criteria.

Exceptions may be granted at the sole discretion of Lightning Source where:

-- The content is based on or created in conjunction with a valid product or offering the publisher owns or controls. For example summary of a conference, a summary of a book the account holder owns, a workbook to a standard textbook, self-help, etc.

-- A potential purchase would not be deemed a detriment to a buyer

-- The content is thoughtfully and accurately created to the benefit of a buyer

-- The book does not violate any applicable laws, including without limiting, intellectual property laws

-- The perceived value of the book is readily apparent


We are committed to supporting authors and publishers for the quality content they produce to provide our retail and library partners with trusted content and catalog feeds.


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