Differences between IngramSpark and Lightning Source


  • Same printing options and global distribution services
  • Access to a support team, 7 days a week
  • Same book trim sizes, cover options, interior papers, and interior print options



  • Create an account, set up titles, and upload files to us all on the same day
  • File requirements:
    • Print books: digital print ready PDF’s, 1 for the interior and 1 for the cover
    • Ebooks: epub for interior and jpg for cover
  • Fees:
    • Paperback or hardback - $49
    • Paperback or hardback AND ebook, if set up at same time - $49
    • Ebook only - $25
    • Revisions ($25 per file once in production)
  • Free global distribution
  • Publisher can purchase a discounted ISBN for $85 during title setup
  • Publisher can offer between a 30% and 55% wholesale discount
  • Publisher can convert print book to ebook via our conversion service (60 cents per page)
  • To sign up, go here: www.ingramspark.com



  • Publisher must meet new account qualification standards and meet a minimum number of published titles; may take several days to a week before an account is activated
  • File requirements (Print books only): digital print ready PDF’s of interior and cover
  • Option for Lightning Source to scan an already existing book
  • Fees:
    • Paperback or hardback - $75
    • Revisions ($40 per file once in production)
    • $12 yearly global distribution fee
  • Publisher can offer between a 25% to 55% wholesale discount
  • No ebook setup allowed, but can use IngramSpark for ebook distribution
  • To sign up, go here: https://myaccount.lightningsource.com/account/signup
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