Lightning Source Inc.

Lightning Source Scrambles to Comply With Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
August 14, 2009

Lightning Source issued a notification to its clients earlier this week that, beginning today, the last page of a Lightning Source-printed book (the bar- and batch-code page) will contain a label in addition to the bookblock/cover matching barcode. The label will list Lightning Source's name; the location where the book was made (LaVergne, Tenn. or Breinigsville, Pa.); the date (day, month and year); and Lightning Source's batch code.

Bowker Publishes Report on Consumer Book- and E-book-Buying Behavior
July 31, 2009

U.S. ISBN agency Bowker has announced the publication of a new report providing insights into who is buying books and what motivates them to buy. "2008 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Report" is based on data from Bowker's PubTrack Consumer and includes book data, demographics, psychographics, genre-category breakdowns and distribution channel analysis, according to Bowker. The report also includes first-quarter 2009 trends, documenting that mass-merchandisers picked up market share while bookstores had the largest decline.*

Springer Launches Print-on-Demand Service for Library Patrons
June 26, 2009

Following the completion of a pilot program, Springer Science+Business Media has extended its MyCopy e-book service to all academic libraries in the United States and Canada that have purchased Springer eBook Collections. All registered patrons of those libraries will be able to order soft-cover copies of Springer e-books for their personal use by clicking on a button on the Springer platform ( All books will be sold at the same price, $24.95, which includes shipping and handling within the United States and Canada.

Ingram Content Group Announces New Organization
June 18, 2009

NASHVILLE – David "Skip" Prichard, President and CEO of the recently formed Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced the organizational structure designed to make it easier to do business with the new company.The creation of Ingram Content Group was announced three weeks ago by John R. Ingram, Chairman, who said the change would "fully integrate"…

Your Options in 'Green' Printers
June 1, 2009

Regarding the book manufacturing industry’s commitment to “green” principles, it could be said that a page has truly turned. Over the past decade, consideration of climate impacts and paper sourcing has become central to the industry’s approach, and, along the way, many manufacturers have discovered ways to balance the need to economize, invest in infrastructure and reduce environmental impacts—often through innovative policies and practices that manage to do all three.

16 Tips for Digital-Printing Success
December 1, 2008

“There’s nothing like a hot book to make things happen,” observes Peter Osnos, founder and editor-at-large of New York-based publisher PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Book Group. When Scott McClellan’s “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” got consumers fired up last spring, Osnos responded by utilizing digital print-on-demand (POD) technology. Here, Osnos provides eight tips for digital-printing success by recounting PublicAffairs’ experience with this overnight best-seller:

The Importance of Finding Your Niche: A Q&A with publishing veteran Richard E. Abel
October 24, 2008

Richard E. Abel is a publishing renaissance man. From establishing publishing companies and owning his own bookstore to founding a book marketing and distribution company and writing his own works, Abel has had his hand in nearly every area of publishing. At age 83, time has not put a dent in his passion for the industry, even after his cardiologist’s advice to slow down after his third heart attack led him to sell Timber Press, the Portland-based horticultural niche publishing house that he started 30 years ago. Abel will receive the Publishers Association of the West’s Jack D. Rittenhouse Award at the organization’s

Could You Handle an Overnight Best-seller? Epicenter Press’ Kent Sturgis talks about how his small press tackled the instant, overwhelming demand for the only Sarah Palin biography.
September 12, 2008

Biographies of political hopefuls typically see a significant bump in demand during presidential election years. But a sudden spike in orders wasn’t something Publisher Kent Sturgis expected for Epicenter Press’ 2008 biography of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Kaylene Johnson’s “Sarah: How a Hockey Mom turned Alaska’s Political Establishment Upside Down”—the one and only biography of the 44-year-old politician in print at the time. That all changed Friday, Aug. 29, when Sen. John McCain announced that Palin would be the Republican vice-presidential nominee. Almost immediately, Sturgis and his small publishing house, which consists of himself and three part-time employees, mobilized to meet the sudden, overwhelming