Turn to the global leader in print on demand services for publishers.
Lightning Source Australia
Now you have an alternative to the limitations of offset printing. With Lightning Source, you can make books available worldwide in any quantity at any time…and profit from every copy sold.
Who is Lightning Source?
Lightning Source is the global leader in print on demand and distribution services. Established in 1997, we serve the world from our manufacturing facilities in Great Britain and the United States.
At Lightning Source, we combine printing and distribution into a single process to get your books to customers quickly and cost effectively. Our book manufacturing is the fastest anywhere, often fulfilling orders in just a few days. As part of the Ingram family group of companies, we offer you access to the world’s largest channel of book wholesalers and retailers.
Publishers around the world are discovering that the print on demand capabilities of Lightning Source offer new opportunities and help them operate more efficiently.
Lightning Source has several print facilities around the world. Current locations include:
- La Vergne, Tennessee USA
- Allentown, Pennsylvania USA
- Milton Keynes, UK
- Maurepas, France
- Melbourne, Australia
What is print on demand?
Print on demand is a process that offers many advantages over offset printing. All books are held in a digital library and are immediately available to print in any of our facilities. The text portion and the cover are typically printed simultaneously and bound together. The complete book is automatically transferred to our shipping department and the book is dispatched as desired. The quality of our books is comparable to offset printing and manufactured to the highest specification.
There is no minimum order requirement—order a single copy or 10,000. Because each book has a unique identifying number, we are able to print 10,000 books and send them to 10,000 different locations - to wholesalers as well as individual customers.
Key benefits of print on demand
Never miss a sale - because titles are always available. Your titles are always in print, always “in stock” and always available for fast delivery.
Increase sales and build revenue by entering new markets. Add translations in new languages affordably. Bring out of print books back to life and generate new sales. Increase the global exposure of your books by becoming part of our huge network of distribution channels.
Print only as many books as you need. Many publishers have reduced or eliminated warehousing because they no longer need to keep a supply of books on hand. With Lightning Source, you are never understocked or overstocked.
We offer a wide variety of trim sizes, bindings and print stocks, as well as choices for distribution and delivery.
Hardcover books are available in case laminate, cloth or jacketed with marks of craftsmanship such as stamping available upon request.
Current sizes: 216x140mm, 229x152mm, 234x156mm, 254x178mm, 280x216mm
Trade paperback books, available with perfect binding, are our most popular offering.
Current sizes: 203 x 127 mm, 198 x 129 mm, 203 x 133 mm, 216 x 140 mm, 210 x 148 mm, 229 x 152 mm, 234 x 156 mm, 244 x 170 mm, 246 x 189 mm, 235 x 191 mm, 254 x 178 mm, 254 x 203 mm, 280 x 210 mm, 280 x 216 mm, 297mmx210mm
Colour books are available through our US manufacturing facility in saddle-stitch, hardcover and perfect bindings starting with a page count of only 4 pages.
Current sizes: 216x140mm, 229 x 152 mm, 234 x 156 mm, 254x178mm, 254x203mm, 216x216mm, 280x216mm
Our process is very simple. For more information, click on the links.
Open an account online.
Submit titles which are stored as electronic files in our digital library. If you do not have digital files, we will scan a copy of your book to create a high-quality digital file. Your files are then ready to be used to produce copies of your books whenever an order is placed.
Fill orders. As requests are received, we quickly print the required books at the facility which will provide the fastest, most efficient delivery.
Orders are dispatched according to your established procedures.
Publishers in Australia who want to expand their reach can do so easily with Lightning Source. We can manufacture your books in one of our US or UK facilities and send them out through the appropriate resellers. By producing and shipping your books in North America or Europe, you avoid the expense and complication of getting physical inventory across borders. You accelerate order fulfilment while cutting freight costs.
Delivering your orders
Whether you would like a single copy, sent to the home address of the person buying the book or a short print run sent out quickly to take advantage of a special opportunity, we are ready to serve you. Unlike traditional printers, we offer a variety of choices to get your books to the marketplace.
Print to order – Reselling books to the channel
Invented by Lightning Source, we turn the traditional model upside down by selling titles on your behalf, sending your books to our distribution channel and paying you the wholesale price (less printing). Using your ISBNs as identifiers, we print as orders are received from wholesalers, retailers or booksellers so you’re never out of stock of a desired book.
Each month you receive a statement of inventory activity and a check which reflects the number of books sold. In essence, you are compensated for the use of your copyrighted content with practically no effort required on your part.
Print to publisher – Publisher direct ordering
With this direct-to-publisher model, we serve as your invisible partner in order fulfillment. We receive your orders, print the quantity of books specified and deliver them on your behalf to warehouses, retailers, authors and consumers using shipping tags with your logo so it appears orders are coming directly from you. For this comprehensive service, you pay Lightning Source for printing, handling and shipping. Discounts are available starting at order line quantities of 50 copies.
Web orders for paperbacks require 5 days in Australia. Hardback web orders require 10 days in Australia. Paperback orders submitted via Excel or EDI are printed in 2 days; hardback turn-around is 8 days in Australia.
International shipments outside of Australia will not be offered at this time. Orders printed in the Lightning Source Australia print facility will currently only be able to be shipped within Australia and New Zealand. Contact your sales representative about signing up for a Publisher Direct account through our US or UK print facilities. A Publisher Direct account will allow you to place your orders and print your titles within the US or UK, with quick and cost effective shipping within those countries.
Consider this example of a 200-pg. paperback submitted digitally:
Publisher sets Retail Price
Publisher sets Retail Discount
Less Print Cost
Publisher earnings for each book sold
Payment can be made in Euros, British Pounds Sterling, AUD or U.S. Dollars.
Lightning Source Australia
7 Janine Street
Scoresby, Victoria 3179
T: +613 9765 4800
F: +613 9763 8492
Lightning Source UK Ltd.
Tel: 0845 121 4555 or +44 (0)1908 829505
Fax: 0845 121 4594
Lightning Source UK Ltd.
Registered in England and Wales
Company number 4042196
Registered office 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3TW
Lightning Source Inc.
1246 Heil Quaker Blvd.
La Vergne, TN 37086
United States of America