New File-Size Limit for Distribution
Apparently there is a new limitation of 700 MB for a book to go to distribution.
I recently uploaded a 137 MB PDF for a new book. It met all of the published Distribution Requirements. When I downloaded the print-ready file for review, it had ballooned to 1,004 MB. I was told this was too large to send to distribution channels, and I would have to reduce it below 700 MB.
This 152-page book contains 300 historical photos. In order to reduce it to the new requirement I would have to eliminate a fourth of the book! Why does the print-ready size become so large anyway? Is it converted to a 4-color CMYK file? Could Lulu modify its algorithm to create a smaller file? Unfortunately there is no way for an author to know what the print-ready size will be until after creating a new revision, uploading the file, then downloading the print-ready file for review. Perhaps Lulu could provide some guidance on how to predict what the final size will be.
A previous book of mine (Takhli in Color) had 500 photos and a print-ready size of 1,480 MB. It has been selling on Amazon for the past three years, so I thought there would be no problem with this latest book. I’m wondering if the new lower requirement is the result of the CreateSpace/KDP merger, and if Amazon is trying to persuade people to use KDP instead of Lulu!
I have contacted Lulu Support about this. This posting is to alert others that there is a new limitation for sending a book to distribution.