How much will my printed book cost?

Book Manufacturing Cost

The manufacturing cost includes binding, page count, and labor costs.

 

Bindings


perfect
Perfect Bound


saddle
Saddle Stitch


coil
PlastiCoil


case
Casewrap


jacket
Dust Jacket

 

Use our Book Cost Calculator to estimate your book's wholesale production cost.

 

Note: When you select Full Color printing, your book will be priced as if every page is being printed in color.

 

Book Retail or List Price (for Distribution)

 


Bindings

for

Distribution


perfect
Perfect Bound


saddle
Saddle Stitch


case
Casewrap


jacket
Dust Jacket

 

Not all book sizes and bindings are available for distribution through retail channels. For more information, see What Products are Eligible for Retail Distribution. Distribution eligible book formats are designated in the Book Builder by a green check (tick) mark.

 

Note: Books distributed through our distribution channels have different setup costs than Lulu-printed books. For more information, see How do I set the retail price of my book? 

 

Book Pricing

Authors set the price for their print and eBooks during the creation process.

  • The price for a print book can be any price above the manufacturing cost (binding + # of page + labor).  
  • The price for an eBook can be set to free or any price above $0.99.

For pricing examples, see How Much Money Can I Make?

 

Bulk Discount Levels

Bulk discounts are available for the products listed below and are specific to the currency in which you make your purchase. For your convenience, bulk discounts are applied to your shopping cart during checkout. The table below lists the discount tiers by print package, quantity, and currency.

 

Print on Demand Package
Quantity Discount  % by Currency
 B&W Perfect Bound            USD

CAD

GBP EURO
CHF
AUD
15 - 29 3.0%  3.0%  2.5%  2.5% 2.5%
30 - 59 8.0%  8.0%  7.5%  7.5% 7.5%
60 - 119 10.0%  10.0%  10.0%  10.0% 10.0%
120 -299 13.0%  10.0%  12.5%  15.0% 15.0%
300 - 599 15.0%  10.0%  15.0%  20.0% 20.0%
600 - 1199 18.0%  10.0%  17.5%  22.5% 22.5%
1200+ 20.0%  10.0%  20.0%  25.0% 25.0%
    
Color Perfect Bound        15 - 29 3.0%  3.0% 2.5%  2.5% 2.5%
30 - 59 8.0%  8.0% 7.5%  7.5% 7.5%
60 - 119 10.0%  10.0% 10.0%  10.0% 10.0%
120 - 299 13.0%  10.0% 12.5%  15.0% 15.0%
300 - 599 15.0%  10.0% 15.0%  17.5% 17.5%
600 - 1199 18.0%  10.0% 17.5%  20.0% 20.0%
1200+ 20.0%  10.0% 20.0%  22.5% 22.5%
    
Coil Bound & Saddle Stitch       15 - 29 3.0% 3.0% 2.5%  2.5% 2.5%
30 - 59 8.0% 8.0% 7.5%  7.5% 7.5%
60 - 119 10.0% 10.0% 10.0%  10.0% 10.0%
120 - 299 13.0% 10.0% 12.5%  12.5% 12.5%
300 - 599 15.0% 10.0% 15.0%  15.0% 15.0%
600 - 1199 18.0% 10.0% 17.5%  17.5% 17.5%
1200+ 20.0% 10.0% 20.0%  20.0% 20.0%
           
Hardcover 15 - 29 3.0% 3.0% 2.5% 2.5% 2.5%
30 - 59 8.0% 8.0% 7.5% 7.5% 5.0%
60 - 119 10.0% 10.0% 10.0% 10.0% 7.5%
120 - 299 13.0% 10.0% 12.5% 12.5% 10.0%
300 - 599 15.0% 10.0% 15.0% 15.0% 12.5%
600 - 1199 18.0% 10.0% 17.5% 17.5% 15.0%
1200+ 20.0% 10.0% 20.0% 20.0% 17.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calculator

 

The Manufacturing Cost, Spine Width, and Bulk Discount calculators are accessed from the Book Builder page for your project.

 

To access the calculators:

  1. Go to Create > Create Print Books
  2. Choose your book format, binding and enter the number of pages.
  3. The calculators will display your information based on your selections and page numbers.

 

Retail Pricing calculators are accessed from within the publishing wizard or from your project's detail page.

 

To access the detail page:

  1. Log into your Lulu.com account
  2. Go to My Projects
  3. Click on your project's title.
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