Understanding Print On Demand: POD Wars – Lightning Source vs. Create Space
When Charlotte Pierce of Pierce Press told me that her next Indie Office Hours Show would be on Print on Demand, I was very interested to hear more. Charlotte and her guests not only discussed two of the main providers of POD services, CreateSpace by Amazon and Ingram’s Lightning Source but also delved into other options.
This is such a broad subject and which platform is the best really depends on the needs of the publisher or author. Huffington Post Books published a great article by Terry Giuliano Long- Paperback Distribution: Createspace vs. Lightning Source in which she compares the two platforms and discusses their advantages and disadvantages.
This infographic was included in the article and it provides a visual comparison of the two.
Timestamps that can help guide you to some great points in today’s Indie Office Hours discussion.
8:15 Mary Rowen discusses the benefits of working with Booktrope. A great collaborative publishing option.
12:55 Can you use more than one publishing platform? Answer: Yes and here’s why.
15:20 Yael Shahar, who lives in Israel, discusses the different publishing platforms. difficulties that can arise when publishing internationally.
21:47 How Independent Book Publishers Association and Independent Publishers of New England can help you with your publishing needs.
30:00 What about Lulu?
34:00 Putting Images in E-Books
38:00 Why Steve Gilnes uses Lulu.
Charlotte Pierce Publisher at Pierce Press and Host of Face the Book TV and Indie Office Hours . Co-President of Independent Publishers of New England www.ipne.org Check out the Peeragogy Handbook Click to Join Charlotte on Google+
Laura Williams Content Writer, Marketer and Social Media Consultant www.goodinklings.com Click to Join Laura on Google+
Don Stevens Author, Publisher at Merge Publishing and Web Marketing Specialist. Click to Join Don on Google+
Steve Gilnes in addition to being the editor of Wilderness House Literary Review, is an essayist, journalist, storyteller, occasional poet and bon vivant. Click to Join Steve on Google+
Lightening Source https://www1.lightningsource.com/default.aspx
KDP Select https://kdp.amazon.com/select
Kobo Books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/
Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/
Atlantis Word Processor: http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/
The Novel is Dead (this time it’s for real) by Will Self http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/02/will-self-novel-dead-literary-fiction