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Lightning Source, Holtzbrinck Create Global Digital Content Alliance

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Lightning Source, Holtzbrinck Create Global Digital Content Alliance

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Lightning Source, Inc. has announced an alliance with Holtzbrinck publishers--the U.S. publishing group that includes St. Martin's Press; Picador; Tor; Forge; Henry Holt; and Farrar, Stratus & Giroux--to become Holtzbrinck's primary provider of a comprehensive suite of digital fulfillment services, including printing and secure e-book delivery. In addition, Holtzbrinck's worldwide publishers--such as Pan Macmillan and Paigrave--will participate in this alliance.

"We're tremendously excited to build a relationship with one of the world's largest and most respected publishers to offer a full complement of end-to-end digital fulfillment services," said Ed Marino, Lightning Source's president and CEO. "This new agreement will utilize our ability to provide a one-stop digital solution for publishers around the world."

"Lightning Source provides the infrastructure to usher a title through its entire life cycle, from initial galleys through printing, as well as secure e-book delivery in a variety of formats," said John Sargent, president of Holtzbrinck Publisher. "Lightning Source offers us the collaboration we were looking for to take full advantage of the emerging technologies in the growing digital publishing arena."

Under the agreement, Lightning Source will provide print-on-demand, short-run, and galley-printing services to Holtzbrinck, in addition to e-book conversion, storage, and fulfillment services. The Lightning Source business-to-business (B2B) model for both e-book and print-on-demand de livery provides Holtzbrinck with the ability to sell books to nearly all e-tailers and brick-and-mortar stores in a much more efficient manner. …

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