coil binding and distribution
Background: I have attempted to self-publish a 180-page book of my piano music for several years. It hasn't been easy, and now I am considering doing this through lulu.com. (If there is a similar publishing site that specializes in print music or scores, please let me know - lulu doesn't even provide a category for music, but otherwise the concept here seems ideal.)
My book has to have coil binding. Any other type of binding would make it unusable when reading it at the piano. Coil binding allows a book to stay open while you are playing from it. There is no substitute.
I have been just crushed to learn at this page that lulu books with coil binding will not be eligible for distribution (Amazon, etc.). I think that was a terrible decision, but I didn't come here to complain about that.
Finally getting around to my question. If my book has to have coil binding, that means that it will only be available through lulu.com. If books are only available through this site, won't that make them awfully hard to find? Don't most people prefer to buy books from well-known outlets such as Amazon or Barnes&Noble? I am just worried that having my book available exclusively from lulu.com will be like burying it under a rock somewhere. Lulu availability is better than no availability, but do you find that distribution with Amazon or others significantly adds to your sales, or the prestige of your offering?