Samuel Thews said:
That's a big thing for me too and I am trying to decide if it is worth the extra effort to get it. My understanding is it is more time consuming to get set up on Lightsource.
Just the first time, when you sign up for an account. That's the time consuming part. For the most part, LS was very good about answering my questions - although I did try to keep them to a minimum and very specific. After the initial set up, it's just a matter of uploading each successive book.
The thing that sold me on LighningSource? They're the ONLY affordable POD publisher that offers matte laminate covers, both paperback and hardcover!
Wait, is this new? I don't remember that being an option the last time I did I set up a book in March. That would be wonderful.
What I do like better about LS is that the paperback covers hold up better than those that I've gotten from CS, which tend to curl and separate at the edges over time. LS's paper is a smidge thicker [ETA: I use creme paper, since this is the norm for historicals]
. So even though initial costs are more with LS, I chose to go with them for reasons of quality, distribution and greater profit per book in the long run.
BTW, as for distribution with LS, I've found my books on online retailers in very faraway places: Japan, NZ, India, etc. No extra cost or set-up for those. Just part of the package.