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May 22, 2013 3:25 AM

Ingram Spark

I've been holding off posting about this all day, as I've been scouring the net for more info. But this is exciting and I get to break the news to the CS community first!

 

Ingram is about to launch a new service, probably to make it easier to use and more accessible to authors and small press than Lightning Source is currently.

 

Key points:

 

a. It will launch on 28 May

 

b. Cost is 1.3 cents per page + 90 cents for the cover - a bit higher than CS but the other features will be worth the extra pennies

 

c. Free setup if you order 50 copies (otherwise $49 per title -- $26 less than LSI's setup costs)

 

d. Other services will come later, including sale of ISBNs and ebook conversion & distribution

 

A little more info can be found here: http://www.mipa.org/blog/143-ibpa-university-delivers and http://blankslatepress.com/2013/04/six-takeaways-from-ibpas-publishing-university-2013. Has anyone come across any other info about Ingram Spark?

 

 

Michelle

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1. May 22, 2013 5:42 AM in response to: lipmag
Re: Ingram Spark

No, I heard the same announcement as the authors of the posts you referenced -- that's pretty much all the info that was given, but I'm sure we'll be getting more when the service launches.

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2. May 22, 2013 8:07 AM in response to: lipmag
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They seem to have a twitter account for it.

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4. May 22, 2013 4:48 PM in response to: lipmag
Re: Ingram Spark

Keep us posted then.

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7. May 30, 2013 4:08 PM in response to: lipmag
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Thanks, Michelle. I just hope they are not going to can LSI.

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9. May 30, 2013 6:17 PM in response to: lipmag
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Oh, good! That has alleviated my fears.

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10. May 31, 2013 5:47 AM in response to: lipmag
Re: Ingram Spark

Does the  20% discount for the POD books  in lightning source apply to Ingram spark also.

 

Createspace withholds 30 % tax for its authors. Will ingram spark be similar in its tax dealings.

 

How does printing cost for lighting source and Ingram spark compare.

 

Any inputs please..

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11. May 31, 2013 9:08 AM in response to: Lecturer
Re: Ingram Spark

Lecturer wrote:

 

Createspace withholds 30 % tax for its authors. Will ingram spark be similar in its tax dealings.

 

CS only withholds it if you do not submit your tax ID to them. They do it because it is the law. The law binds every US company, including Ingram.

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14. Jun 3, 2013 10:17 AM in response to: lipmag
Re: Ingram Spark

Any word on custom trimsizes?

My book can't do EDC as it's formatted (and is too art intensive to reformat). I'm not interested in distribution channels where I can't dictate trimsize but I've had trouble getting a read on whether Lightning Source or Spark support custom trimsizes.

I found a British POD that does (and will even do custom size casebound or cloth binding) and which offers to distribute to major outlets in the US and UK. But it's a bit more like Lulu where you have to apply at each outlet for listings, I think.

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