Why I Chose CreateSpace after first publishing with Lulu
Lulu royalty for my books sold on Amazon: $0.22
CreateSpace royalty for my books sold on Amazon: $7
Lulu requires you to order and pay for a proof of copy for author verification, which aside from spending extra money each proof took 2.5 weeks to receive.
CreateSpace does not require you to pay for and ship a proof of copy - while that is an option, you can verify this digitally online and immediately for free.
99.9% of my customers bought through the Amazon site. (40 sold)
<0.1% of my customers bought on Lulu.com (1 sold).
Last reason: It's really about the royalty and time & cost savings in the end. I would have really liked to have had $280 in my pocket instead of splitting my royalties with Lulu and Amazon and because I published with Lulu I received $9 total, and I sold 40 copies! I have now taken down my book from Lulu and it is now selling exclusively on Amazon via CreateSpace, and I get $7 royalties.
I don't know if this message will be moderated and removed, but it means a lot to me to be able to share my experience with others who wish to compare these services, because in the end it's all about money guys - and whether it is your pocket, Lulu's pocket, or CreateSpace's pocket - it's up to you.
Justin (aka wolfcorgi)
June 2nd, 2018