International Sales and Distribution and pricing question
Hi, I have started a small publishing press and have been using CreateSpace and Smashwords so far. I am considering Lulu because of the option for hardcover books. This website seems a bit difficult to navigate and figure out all the pricing, however. I am in need of some explanations regarding a few things.
Where can I find some pricing information without having to upload a book? I won't know if I want to use Lulu until I can compare prices and services, and therefore going through the process of formatting to these specifications would be time consuming and difficult only to find out that the price is not something I want to pay when I can use CreateSpace cheaper.
I am confused at the chart I was able to see because it gave some sample prices per the number of books bought at one time. I saw a minimum order amount. How does that work? I thought this was POD in which case books will be ordered one at a time. Can someone explain this minimum order amount to me?
What about shipping for orders outside the US? I have a book written by someone in the UK, but I am in the US. This book is the main reason I am looking for another distributor, because Createspace shipping to the UK is prohibitive, which will make it hard for this author to market and sell his books in his area. I am hoping to find a distributor with a base in both countries so that orders that need to be shipped in the UK are shipping from the UK and not from the US, and vice versa.
Thank you for your help.