03-13-2012 04:28 PM - edited 03-13-2012 06:46 PM
Someone advised me to opt for the U.S. Letter format instead of A4 to have my book printed with a hardbound cover and distributed because A4 is only distributed softbound (Perfect Bound).
I have just downloaded the list of formats and bindings for Extended Reach and Global Reach. U.S. Letter is only distributed as "perfect bound" or "saddle stitch".
It is obvious Lulu has no U.S. Letter or A4 hardbound option.
Only one format has the three binding options: U.S. Trade (Perfect Bound, Case Wrap, Dust Jacket.)
Why do some participants give wrong answers when then should know better?
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03-13-2012 05:30 PM
Most folk here try their best.
Unfortunately Lulu offer so many options and provide at times a bewildering array of information that is not always easy to find or sift through so you must forgive them if they don't always provide an exact or correct piece of information.
I've been using Lulu and contributing to its Forums at various levels including moderator since Pontius was a Pilot but even I with all those years of experience cannot guarantee to keep up with every aspect of Lulu or changes they make.
The good news here is that you've actually found your way around the information yourself - you may not like the answers you've found but at least now you are better educated.
Much of my time and that of other old hands here is that quite often we are answering questions where the information is readily available to people if they would only take the time to find it for themselves. Unfortunately those folk live in a world where they expect instant answers without effort and of course for free.
You are now in a position to join our happy band who help others - welcome aboard.
03-13-2012 06:44 PM
Thanks a lot, Ken, for your kind words.
I have nothing to forgive LULU. I think their production is great, and all the people I showed my books to said their job was quite professional.
When I started my first book, I first had a look at all the formats available, and those accepted for distribution. I didn't see any hardbound version for A4 or any other big-size book, so I opted for A4 softbound.
I was surprised when someone today suggested I opted for the U.S. Letter format to have a "casewrap" book distributed. I thought I had missed it when I examined the list. This can happen, can't it? So I returned to the LULU list in the Publish folder, and saw that the person who had suggested that was wrong. No hard feeling.
03-14-2012 03:17 AM
US Letter 8.5 x 11 in./21.59 x 27.94 cm
|Binding Fee||B & W - Page Cost Color - Page Cost||Cover||Page Count|
|Perfect Bound Publisher Grade*||$3.50||50# white text - $.015/page No color available||100# laminated cover||80-740|
|Perfect Bound Lulu Standard||$5.50||60# white text - $.025/page 80# white text - $.20/page||100# laminated cover||32-740|
|Saddle Stitch Lulu Standard||$5.50||70# white text - $.025/page 80# white text - $.20/page||100# laminated cover||4-88|
|Coil Bound Lulu Standard||$7.00||60# white text - $.025/page 80# white text - $.20/page||100# laminated cover||4-470|
|Casewrap Lulu Standard 8.25 x 10.75 in. 20.95 x 27.31 cm||$15.00||50# white text - $.025/page 70# white text - $.20/page||80# laminated cover stock over a .088" binder's board||24-800|
*These books are only printed in the US at this time and may incur higher shipping costs.
03-14-2012 03:20 AM
03-14-2012 06:23 AM - edited 03-14-2012 06:27 AM
Thanks a lot, Kevin.
If the option Casewrap US Letter is not offered to Europeans, I'd better not try and use it. Too bad.
Yes it's obvious with postage a book thus bound would cost three times as much as the softbound one directly printed here.
03-14-2012 06:39 AM