Thanks for all the answers. Actually I'm not a newbie though at least some of the responses above seem to have taken me for one.
You appear to be new to Lulu, registered on the 30th. I don't believe you actually publish on Lulu.I published my first POD book in 1998 through Xlibris
I was not aware POD existed or 'instant' book machines in 1998. Xlibris still exist, and are not at all free. Their cheapest option is $899. Which option did you use?
and sold over a thousand copies, mostly through amazon.com but not exclusively (many sold in bookstores and some on the old BN.com and Borders websites and some overseas).
What was the book about?
Since then I have edited and packaged two other books for other people and written another of my own (but under contract for the person whose story it was). We used a number of options on those projects, including Lulu, which I discovered in the early 2000s.
So you do know how Lulu functions, so what was the original post about?Amazon has clearly grown into the big gorilla in this room though
What room? You do realise you are in Lulu's forum?
and has usurped Lulu's place as the premier do-it-yourself POD provider via its acquisition of Booksurge (previously GreatUnPublished.com) and Digitz (once an independent competitor of Lightning Source).
Who says so? It is a matter of choice. I use both.
Just as AuthorHouse rolled up iUniverse and Xlibris and several smaller supported POD services, Amazon has pursued the do-it-yourself link aggressively. So now I have come back to Lulu, thinking to see if the new Lulu is a viable competitor for amazon at this stage. That was the point of my questions above.
I use Lulu for POD and for ePub, and Amazon for Kindle books. That's my choice. Are you an agent for Amazon or what?At this juncture I am thinking of doing my latest through both Lulu and Amazon to see which one provides a better avenue for selling the book.
It possibly cheaper to create via Createspace for Amazon, because there's no middleman between them, but I like Lulu's Project Wizards, and the instant free ISBN options that gets me on far more than just Amazon.
But, as I hope I've made clear, I would very much like to see Lulu become a viable competitor with Amazon, if only because monopolies can be a bad thing for customers (which we all ultimately are) and Amazon seems to have embarked on that road.
Amazon do not have a monopoly, there are 100s of other self-publishing sites, and monopolies are illegal, anyway.Again thanks for the responses and the advice.