If you are considering selling your eBook on retail sites other than Lulu.com, your eBook must include a unique International Standard Book Number (ISBN), comply with our retail partners’ distribution guidelines, and pass both Lulu’s and our retail partners’ quality assurance reviews.
Your eBook will be eligible for distribution if you:
When you publish an eBook in EPUB format that includes an ISBN, you will see a Manage button next to the title on the My Lulu > My Projects page. Click this button to view and select distribution options.
Lulu does not offer eBook retail distribution to Amazon for the Kindle. We hope to offer this option in the future.
There is no charge for submitting your eBook for distribution.
When you choose retail distribution for your eBook, it is submitted to our Distribution Team for a Quality Assurance (QA) Review. Your eBook will then be reviewed to ensure it meets our retailers’ distribution requirements. If your eBook does not meet these requirements, it will be rejected for distribution and you will be notified via email of the rejection reason.
Important Note: The QA review is a technical review, not a review of your content.
No. When your eBook passes the Lulu QA Review, it will be submitted directly to the retailers you selected on the Manage Distribution page. The eBook’s distribution status will be set to Listed. If you chose to distribute your work to the iBookstore, the Available on the iBookstore badge will also be applied by Lulu when we submit your eBook to Apple for review.
Please Note: The Listed status only indicates that your eBook has been submitted to the retailer. It must then also pass the retailer’s QA review before it will be available for purchase on the retailer’s site.
You can track your eBook’s progress through the distribution process from the Manage Distribution page. For more information about distribution statuses and action alerts, see How to Use the eBook Manage Distribution Page.
If your eBook is rejected because it does not meet eBook distribution requirements, you can revise the project to correct the issues discovered during the QA review and resubmit it for another review.
For more information about why eBooks are rejected for distribution, see Top 10 Reasons Why Your eBook Was Rejected.
The Lulu Distribution Team verifies that your eBook meets current distribution requirements. Retailers then confirm that your eBook is not in violation of their publishing terms and conditions, which can change at any time and varies between retailers.
When you submit your eBook for distribution, it is queued with all other eBooks awaiting review. On average, the Lulu team will review your eBook within a week of submission.
If your eBook passes the Lulu QA review, it will be submitted to the selected retailers for final review. The eBook distribution status will be updated to Listed.
If your book passes the retailer’s review, it will be queued for addition to the retailer’s online catalog and should be available for purchase in 2-4 weeks. Each retailer has their own process for reviewing, approving, and listing eBooks on their sites.
Please Note: All times are estimates and vary depending on demand.
No. When your book passes the retailer’s review, your eBook will be queued to be included in the retailer’s next site catalog update. The only means of verifying whether a title is listed on a retailer’s website is to search for the title.
Helpful hint: Searching by the eBook’s ISBN, without the dashes, will return a list of all sites on which the eBook is currently offered for sale.
If your book remains in the Listed status for more than four weeks, please contact our Support Team. We will attempt to locate your eBook in the process and provide you with additional information on your eBook’s distribution status.
When your eBook is listed in the Barnes & Noble NOOK® Bookstore, it can be purchased directly from BarnesandNoble.com
When Apple completes their review of your eBook and it is listed for sale in the iBookstore, the Available on the iBookstore badge on your Lulu product page will link directly to your eBook’s iBookstore Preview page. Anyone logged into his or her iTunes account can then purchase your eBook from the iBookstore.
When your eBook passes the Lulu Quality Assurance review and is sent to Apple, the Available on the iBookstore button is automatically applied to the title. Since Apple does not communicate back to us when your eBook passes their review process and is added to their catalog, we simply add the tag in preparation for its availability on the iBookstore.
The only way for you to know when it is actually available is to conduct a periodic search.
Helpful Hint: To search for your book on the iBookstore. Type the following URL address into your browser: itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbnxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Replace the xxxxx's with the numbers from your ISBN (without the dashes) and hit enter. If your eBook is available for purchase from the iBookstore, it will display in your browser.
Note: the above link displays books in the US iBookstore. To see if your eBook is listed in other iBookstores around the world, change the /us/ to the country code of interest (i.e. uk, fr, ca, etc.). Click here to view a list of international iBookstores.
The iBookstore generates a preview using either the first linked section in your eBook table of contents (NCX file) or 5% of the text – whichever is greater. If your eBook table of contents contains only one link, then the entire book will be displayed in the preview. This commonly occurs with short stories, picture books, and short children’s books.
To prevent your entire eBook from displaying in the iBookstore preview, you can either create additional chapters or sections in your eBook or create and upload a preview, in EPUB format, using a selected portion of your eBook. Lulu will submit your preview along with your eBook for use by our retail partners.
Please Note: Custom previews must be created in EPUB format. Previews submitted in DOC, DOCX, or PDF formats cannot be submitted to retail distribution partners
No, you can choose to set your eBook’s availability to Private Access, which will prevent it from displaying in the Lulu Marketplace.
If the eBook qualifies for distribution (i.e. is in EPUB format and includes an ISBN), you will see the Manage distribution button next to the title on the My Lulu > My Projects Page. Click this button to choose the retail distribution sites on which you want to sell your work.
Please Note: Retail outlets charge a commission for selling your work on their sites. As an example let’s say your eBook sells on the iBookstore for $5.99. Apple first deducts their 30% commission from the sale price ($5.99 x .30 = $1.80). You then receive 90% of the remaining amount ($4.19 x .90 = $3.77) and Lulu receives the remaining 10% ($0.42).
The creator revenue for selling the same eBook on Lulu.com would be .90($5.99 – 0.99) = $4.50.
If you choose to revise an eBook already in retail distribution, the entire QA review and distribution process must be repeated. The revised version should replace the previously listed eBook in 3-6 weeks.
If your eBook is still in the Lulu QA review process (Pending status) you can withdraw it (go to My Lulu > My Projects > Manage Distribution and click Cancel), make revisions, and resubmit it for review. The revised eBook will move to the end of the queue.
You can remove your eBook from distribution by clicking on the Manage Distribution button next to the title. Click Cancel for each distribution channel from which you wish to remove your eBook.
Your eBook will be removed from the retailer’s site as part of the next scheduled site catalog update.
For more information about retail distribution actions, see How to Use the eBook Manage Distribution Page.