At Lightning Source, we are committed to providing the broadest reach possible for your content and to make business as easy as possible for retailers, wholesalers, and other customers. Currently, Lightning Source has direct metadata feeds to a small number of retailers and wholesalers and a large data relationship with our affiliated company, Ingram Book Group. To improve accuracy, service, and efficiency, we will be consolidating all Lightning Source title feeds to Ingram Book Group, a part of Ingram Content Group. Ingram Book Group will be the data feed service partner for all Lightning Source wholesale business.
Through Ingram Book Group, your Lightning Source titles will be automatically made available to more than 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools, internet commerce companies, and other channel partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo (Canada), and other well-known book retailers and wholesalers around the world.
We will be making this transition over the next few months, which should be completed by mid 2015. You can find the current operations manual under the "Operating Manuals and Contract Documents" in your Lightning Source account. The changes to the manual that will go into effect on January 22, 2015 can be found below.
Lightning Source US Operations Manual changes:
2.0 LSUS WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTION & DIRECT ORDERS
Lightning Source combines print-on-demand with a variety of order options to match the needs of each publisher.
2.1 Wholesale Distribution: Lightning Source will make your titles available through Ingram Book Group, a leader in print and electronic wholesale and distribution serving over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools, internet commerce companies and other channel partners including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo (Canada), and other well-known retailers and wholesalers of books.
Ingram makes your title available through electronic feeds to their distribution network. Book orders are placed by Ingram's customers and ordered by Ingram from Lightning Source. For sales made through Wholesale Distribution, publishers are paid the wholesale price of the book less the printing charge for each book sold. See section 10 for more detail of this offering.
2.2 Direct Orders: Publishers transmit book orders to LSUS. The order is printed with confirmation of printing and shipped to the publisher, or printed with confirmation of printing and shipped directly to an address designated by the publisher in the name of the publisher. Publishers are billed for printing, shipping, & handling costs for each book shipped. Orders may be placed through the LSUS website or through EDI interfaces directly with LSUS systems. See Section 9 for details of this offering.
10.0 WHOLESALE ORDERS
Publishers may designate titles to be available for order by Ingram Book Group and their 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools, internet commerce companies and other channel partners including: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo in Canada, and other well-known retailers and wholesalers of books. Orders are received, printed "on-demand", and delivered by LSUS to Ingram for shipment to the resellers or retailers. The publisher pays no shipping or handling charges on the order. LSUS remits the publisher, Publisher Compensation, as defined below, for each unit sold.
You should continue to see the same accurate metadata feeds to resellers and retailers as you do today. Until the transition to Ingram Book Group is complete, Lightning Source may continue to make your titles available directly to its existing retail and distribution channels through Lightning Source.