Lightning Source / Ingram are one of the most important book distributors in the world and a household name to small and big publishers alike.
If you are publishing at least more than three books and if you are computer-savvy you might distribute your (paper) books through them.
Shepard wrote that Lightnings Distribution will be extended through partnerships with printers/distributors in other countries, starting with Germany and Brazil. Read the whole article in Aaron Shepard’s blog.
The local company will market the book to local retailers, then borrow the print files from Lightning and fulfill the order. By default, a book’s pricing and discount will be based on its settings in your home currency. No returns will be allowed. My comment: Long overdue! And this no-return-policy will hopefully be the beginning of the end of this unfortunate practice. Overdue too!
The Self-Publishers-Notebook blog wrote: “While foreign sales might not be large in number for most authors, a book sale is a book sale. If you are already using LSI for your POD service, this new program is worth looking into. It costs nothing to participate in the program.”
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