|Xlibris, a publishing services provider for authors, has teamed up
with Lightning Source, Inc. (http://www.lightningsource.com),
a provider of digital fulfillment services, in an alliance that will enhance
Xlibris' service to retail booksellers. The companies also have agreed
to cooperate in industry efforts to develop print-on-demand (POD) product
and technical standards.
According to the announcement, the agreement gives Xlibris' authors
broader access to new retail channels because of Lightning Source's distribution
relationship with Ingram Book Group, one of the largest wholesale book
distributors in the U.S. It will also boost the size of Lightning Source's
growing digital library.
"Our relationship with Lightning allows us access to a wide array of
national, regional, and online booksellers," said Xlibris CEO John Feldcamp.
"We already have over 4,000 titles in the Lightning system. Getting books
into readers' hands more quickly and efficiently keeps with our objective
of helping authors reach as broad an audience as possible."
"The Xlibris/Lightning partnership provides the perfect example of how
we can push the envelope with our technologies to come up with a fast,
efficient, and cost-effective solution," said Ed Marino, president and
CEO of Lightning Source. "In the matter of a very few weeks, we have managed
together to streamline the process and digitize a huge amount of content.
This is a significant indication of what is possible with the right strategic
Through Lightning's POD and drop-ship services, orders for Xlibris'
paperback titles can be printed and ready to ship to Xlibris' customers
and wholesalers within 48 hours. Hardcover titles can be printed and ready
to ship within 4 to 6 days.
Lightning Source, Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Industries, Inc., provides
services for the secure conversion, storage, management, and distribution
of digital content. Lightning stores books and other information electronically
and delivers them "on demand" in either traditional, printed format or
as e-books in response to orders from booksellers, librarians, and publishers.
Source: Xlibris, Philadelphia, 215/923-4686; http://www.xlibris.com.