Lightning Source — Electrified Book Production
However, printing is not the end of the story. In addition to maintaining its secure digital library of titles for publishers, Lightning Source’s distribution models include e-books in a number of formats. They also pay publishers for each book sold, less the cost of printing, and send detailed sales reports monthly. Like commercial printers that have added mailing capabilities, these ancillary services attract and hold customers.
There are also ancillary activities for collective release from the intense pace and sometimes long hours that the POD business model requires. For example, last spring Best shut down the plant for 30 minutes so that everyone could go to the parking lot for a massive water balloon launch. Coming up shortly is the annual indoor golf tournament.
“People dress up for it and the course weaves through all the cubicles,” he says. “We’re growing at such a pace and there’s always pressure to improve and make our systems more efficient. I want to make sure that Lightning Source remains a friendly and collaborative place to work.” PI