You spent time carefully selecting and ordering your print books, calendars, and/or photo books and now you are eagerly awaiting delivery. This quick reference guide provides an overview of Lulu's printing and shipping processes so that you can better estimate when to expect delivery of your printed books.
Books ordered from Lulu are printed when you make your purchase. Since we do not have hundreds of thousands of books sitting in a warehouse patiently awaiting good homes, Lulu’s “print on demand” model eliminates the need for inventory and is more environmentally friendly. This type of production guarantees you receive freshly printed books, but it also requires a bit more time for order fulfillment and delivery.
When will my books ship?
Before we can ship your order, it must be printed. Whenever possible, depending on production capabilities, your book(s) will be printed at the facility nearest to your shipping address.
Paperbacks and Calendars – Ship in 3-5 business days (orders >100 copies ship in 6-8 business days)
Hardcovers – Ship in 6-8 business days
eBooks – Available for download a few minutes after your purchase from the My Lulu > My Account & Orders > My Downloads page.
How do I know if my books have shipped?
You will receive an email from the printer stating that your books are on their way. You can also check the status of your order from the My Lulu > My Account & Orders > Order History page. Printing and shipping statuses are explained below.
Processing: We received your order and it is being processed.
Fulfilling: Your order has been queued for printing. Orders in this status cannot be modified or cancelled.
Partially Shipped: If you ordered a mix of books, such as print and eBooks, this status will display until all items within your order are shipped.
Shipped: All items in your order have shipped.
Refunded: All or part of your order had been refunded through your original payment method
Cancelled: Your order has been cancelled.
How can I track my shipment?
Here is a handy tool for tracking your delivery - no matter the shipping agency. Simply click on this link http://ltracker.herokuapp.com/ and enter the tracking number. The tool will determine the shipper based on the tracking number and display the tracking page for your package.
Economy shipping does not usually allow recipients to track packages using a tracking number. If you selected this delivery method, the shipping email you receive will not include a tracking number.
Once your order leaves the printing facility, it is in the control of the mail carrier. Therefore the shipping times we provide are estimates based on the times provided by various delivery services. Click here to view shipping options and estimated delivery times based on the destination country or region.
Delivery times can be affected by factors such as incorrect delivery addresses, customs delays, and postal delivery restrictions. These types of issues may delay package delivery by up to six weeks. And, while patience is often referred to as a virtue, you should contact Lulu Support if your:
Domestic orders are not received within 14 days of receipt of the shipping notice.
International orders are not received within 28 days of receipt of the shipping notice.
Please Note: If International Economy shipping is selected, your books will be shipped using the postal service of the destination country. Generally, economy shipment options do not provide tracking numbers and therefore Lulu cannot guarantee delivery.
Other Frequently Asked Questions About Shipping
How much does shipping cost?
Shipping costs are added during check out. Add your selected items to your shipping cart, choose your shipping option, and the rate will be displayed.
Why can’t I choose Express delivery to my P.O. Box?
Express delivery requires a physical address to which your package can be delivered.
Can I ship to US Military addresses?
Yes, but you must use the US Postal Service for delivery to APO and FPO addresses.
Can I ship books to a prison address?
Yes, but since inmates are not generally allowed to sign for packages you must choose the US Postal Service (or equivalent) when shipping books directly to a prison address. Prior to placing your order, Lulu advises you to contact the relevant officials to learn of any specific delivery restrictions for that location.
Please Note: Coil-bound materials are not eligible for prison delivery.