I was using create space for my book since 2012 but they basically went defunct with some kind of merger and I was unable to access my account any more, and then after 3 days of going around with them I learned they no longer just print books and I dont want their Amazon etc marketing package which is ALL they offer now.
So I thought I would try Lulu, my problem is my book is almost 300 pages and has a LOT of full color images in it, I was happy with the price and print quality was perfect on createspace, the photos literally looked better than the original 35 year old prints I used, but Lulu seems to offer choices of paper and color quality that I don't remember having choices for on createspace, I priced my book 3 ways on the lulu web site, the first was standard color but on the better 80# coated paper, perfect bound, the quote and shipping was about $20, pretty much what I paid on createspace.
But I changed "standard color" to "premium color" and the cost per book shot up to $48 which makes my book totally unviable no matter how I look at it, especially since my price has been $35 with the postage, there's no way people are going to pay upwards of $60 for a paperback book!
My book is a very specialized book that is geared towards a very narrow niche interest group, this is not a book that would be marketable like a romance novel or home repair book so I sell them myself directly, mostly to clients of my work.
Here's a couple of pages from my book, my question is- compared to whatever unknown paper weight and color sheme createspace might have used by default that I was happy with, how does that compare to the "standard color" on the heavier 80# coated paper lulu has?
I went with the better paper for a test print with the idea being it will help minimize show-through etc as every page after about page 130 has lots of images, while the rest page 1-129 have a scattering of images and a lot of text.