SMARTbook Design, Composition & Production Services

SMARTbook Design, Composition & Production Services

The Lightning Press offers design, composition and production services for those units and organizations wishing their own tactical SOP, handbooks, and other doctrinal support materials. With more than 18 separate books in our SMARTbook military reference series currently in circulation, we have authored and published more than 50 military doctrinal reference books over the past 25 years. The Lightning Press is the only author/editor/publisher currently in the military professional reading category that exclusively and directly produces doctrinally-based, institutionally- and organizationally-recognized reference books for the military. Our military reference series of books are carried at virtually every Army and Air Force base around the world and have spanned the globe with more than 550,000 copies sold. In addition to our military technical writing and publishing resume, we are intimately familiar with military operations firsthand. We can start a project from scratch, or our SMARTbooks can be edited, custom-tailored and reproduced with unit-specific material for any unit or organization.

SMARTbooks – A “Turn-Key” Solution for Doctrine & Training
The “SMARTbook” series of military reference books is a series of mutually-supporting military reference publications, which together represent a complete stand-alone “professional military library.” SMARTbooks can be used as quick reference guides during actual tactical field operations, as study guides at military education and professional development courses, and as lesson plans and checklists in support of training. The SMARTbook military reference series is used by military professionals around the world at the organizational/institutional level: operational units across the full spectrum of operations; military education and professional development courses; combatant command and joint force headquarters; and allied, coalition and multinational partner support and training to include NATO, Iraq and the Afghanistan. Plus our products can be regionally-tailored to support Combatant Command theater security cooperation training and exercises!

Full-Service Publishing Solutions
Our full-service publishing solutions run the full spectrum from research, design and creation, production/printing/binding, eBook and digital library creation, distribution, project management and consulting. Specific content services include research, document structuring and organization, interior layout and style, formatting, typesetting, technical and illustrative art, cover design, comprehensive copy editing, (military/doctrinal) technical editing, proofing, and indexing.

Consulting and Project Management Services
Our qualified military tactical and operational expertise – and established track record as a military reference author/editor/publisher — set us apart from other technical writers and publishers as it allows a unique capability and keen insight and grasp of military principles and fundamentals. We have the ability to be available to work, collaborate, and communicate directly with members of the unit’s staff in order to effectively research, author and produce any final product.

eBook and Electronic Library (Digital) Services
We offer a complete go-to-market solution that includes file conversion, secure log-in, digital asset management, distribution, and device-specific readers and applications. With one file, you can read and transfer our digital SMARTbooks (eBooks) across 85+ devices and applications that support Adobe eBook DRM. Our digital SMARTbooks are authorized to a user’s Adobe ID and can be transferred to up to six devices and six computers via Adobe Digital Editions. Digital SMARTbooks are available in two formats, PDF and ePub. Our eBook solutions can also be completely web-based or CD/DVD-based.

The Lightning Press is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business DOD-approved vendor and federally registered in the Central Contractor Registry. We are federally registered — to include the System for Award Management (SAM), Wide Area Workflow (WAWF), FedBizOpps, and FEDPAY — and can be contracted for our services/products.

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SMARTbooks – Intellectual Fuel for the Military!

SMARTbooks: Reference Essentials for the Instruments of National Power (D-I-M-E: Diplomatic, Informational, Military, Economic)!

SMARTbooks: Intellectual Fuel for the Military Recognized as a “whole of government” doctrinal reference standard by military, national security and government professionals around the world, SMARTbooks comprise a strong comprehensive professional library designed with all levels of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Civilians in mind.

SMARTbooks can be used as quick reference guides during operations, as study guides at education and professional development courses, and as lesson plans and checklists in support of training. Serving a generation of warfighters, our books have spanned the globe with more than 600,000 copies sold.

Browse our collection of Military Reference SMARTbooks to learn more!

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