Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lightning Source in Deal with CreateSpace

Reprinted with permission of Publishers Weekly.

Ingram and Amazon seemed to have buried their difference over a decision made in early 2008 by Amazon to make authors and publishers who want to sell their titles directly through Amazon use its print-on-demand division BookSurge (now being rebranded CreateSpace) rather than Ingram’s Lightning Source unit. This morning, CreateSpace announced that self-published authors and others who sign up for the CreateSpace Pro Plan will get access to Lightning and Ingram’s distribution channels. The demand the by Amazon made in spring 2008 that customers who want to sell directly on the Amazon cite use BookSurge touched off a nasty dispute between Amazon and Ingram and prompted a lawsuit by a BookLocker, another print-on-demand company that challenged the legality of Amazon’s decision. A motion by Amazon to dismiss that suit was recently denied.

Details of how the deal between Lightning and CreateSpace will work were unavailable at press time. "With Lightning Source and Ingram, our members can make their titles available to the larger book marketplace," said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, managing director of CreateSpace. Phil Ollila, chief content officer, Ingram Content Group, commented: “Our new relationship with CreateSpace is a continuation of Ingram’s long-term strategy to offer the broadest selection of books to our customers worldwide.”

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