Saturday, May 22, 2010

More printing options from Lightning Source

Lightning Source, the major provider of print-on-demand ("POD") services and the printer of most of my books, has expanded the products and services it offers to publishers. There are new color interior hardcover book options, additional trim sizes for black and white interior books, expanded page count options for both perfect bound and hardcover books and a multi-volume set option.

Color interior hardcover books. To provide publishers greater choice in color book print-on-demand options, Lightning Source has added hardcover color interior books to its existing perfect bound color book option. Hardcover color books will be available in six trim sizes and multiple bind types. Content for hardcover color books will be accepted by Lightning Source beginning today. Hardcover color interior books will be manufactured beginning July 1, 2010.

New black & white trim sizes. Publishers that work with Lightning Source have identified a need for a larger trim size option for black and white interior books. Starting today, publishers will have 8 ½ x 11 black and white interior book options in both hardcover and perfect bound bindings. 8 ½ x 11 perfect bound books will be available immediately for printing. 8 ½ x 11 hardcover books will be manufactured beginning July 1.

Expanded page count. The minimum and maximum page count options for black and white interior books manufactured by Lightning Source have been expanded to meet the needs of the publishing community. Effective immediately, black and white interior perfect bound and hardcover books manufactured by Lightning Source may have a minimum page count of 18 pages. The maximum page count has increased to 1,200 pages for books with white paper and 1,050 pages for books with crème paper.

Multi-volume sets. The multi-volume set option from Lightning Source enables a publisher to set up and order multiple black and white interior perfect bound and hardcover titles under a separate single ISBN. Printed books are then consolidated and delivered to a designated delivery location. Publishers can set up multi-volume set titles with Lightning Source immediately.



  1. I'm excited by this! I wanted to publish an Azorean cookbook this coming year and the color hardcover would be a good option.

  2. What exactly do they mean by Color Interior for hardcover books? A) Color inside covers, B) color photos on any page, or C) what used to be called color "plate" pages (different stock than the print pages), like many history/nonfiction books have, maybe a total of 10-12 color photo pages in two sections of the book?