Keel Hunt

News Release
12 Oct 2007
STL Distribution selects Lightning Source to expand availability of Christian books

LAVERGNE, TN – STL Distribution UK, Europe's leading supplier of English language Christian books, gifts, music, software and video products, has selected Lightning Source Inc. to help them implement their goal of making more Christian titles available to their customers.

STL Distribution UK will expand upon the huge range of titles already available to its customers, with the addition of Christian books from the Lightning Source digital library. Titles will be made available through the websites of STL Distribution, and

“Both Lightning Source and STL Distribution UK agree that customers should be able to acquire any books they want quickly, when they want them and wherever the books are needed,” said Mark Hurley, Commercial Director, STL Distribution UK. “We see the addition of Lightning Source as further enhancing our valued customer partnerships.”

With the Lightning Source print on demand model, books are always available and virtually in stock. Using a virtual stock model, books are printed only when there is an order, removing the need to carry inventory, tie up capital and speculate on sales. This technology means that books which may have been out of print for years but still feature on academic book lists, or monographs which have a limited, but nevertheless keen readership, are once again available.

Lightning Source books that are ordered from STL Distribution UK will be on route to their destination quickly, allowing STL Distribution UK to enhance the service it offers to its customers in the United Kingdom and Europe.

“Lightning Source print on demand has fundamentally changed publishing, fuelling a rapid rise in the number of titles in print, the stimulation of new orders and improved fill rates across the industry,” said David Taylor, SVP Global Sales, Lightning Source Inc.

Mr. Taylor continued, “STL Distribution UK as a new channel partner is great news for the entire Christian book community and our publishing partners. STL’s on demand title expansion is a win for the entire marketplace. I am delighted they are on board.”

The addition of leader STL Distribution UK to the already solid trading scheme of Lightning Source in the United Kingdom further strengthens Lightning’s lead in the depth and breadth of the distribution it provides to its customers.

Lightning Source Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Industries Inc., provides a comprehensive suite of demand-driven publishing solutions for publishers. The company is revolutionizing the options available to the industry in the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. Lightning Source stores books and other information electronically and delivers them “on demand” in printed format in response to orders from booksellers, librarians, and publishers. Lightning Source has printed over 40,000,000 books for over 4,500 publishers around the world. For more information, visit our website at
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