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Hello Lulu administrators,
All too often, pictures embedded in the text do not come out well - they are too dark and not crisp enough. I think that the main problem comes from the paper. Lulu’s standard paper is excellent and very pleasant for ordinary books. For books with many illustrations, however, it is not. I think Lulu should offer another sort of paper, probably more expensive, than its standard one if the project has embedded pictures. This paper should make it possible to print crisp and sharp pictures.
I think it would be very helpful if Lulu could offer a paper sample kit for a few bucks, maybe just an envelope with sample sheets of all the different papers used, possibly with some generic text and/or pictures printed on it to demonstrate print quality.
How comes that the interior of Lulu books present plain white paper (what is defined as "Stantard - Lulu Traditional")? Plain, odorless white paper makes the book look like a pile of photocopy papers bound together...
May I suggest the use of publishing grade paper for more formats? US Letter and Digest simply do not cover all needs and besides, the impossibility of obtaining an ISBN for this type of paper greatly limits the choice of authors...
Please provide an answer.
Your dedicated customer and author,
I would love to be able to print small runs of mass market (pocket book) sized books on cheap newsprint paper. I need to get the per-unit cost down and the bright-white of the current paper, while nice for some projects, really kills the mood of some of the genre titles we're trying to put out. Pretty please?
I'm writing a 24-page saddle-stitch chapbook and would like to use publisher grade paper. But, the problem is that publisher grade paper requires perfect bound binding and the book must be 84 pages ONLY. I don't like this restraint. Times are hard, and I don't want my 24-page book to be $6.81 plus $4.00 shipping (which rounds up to $10.81). And I like saddle stitch, not perfect bound (saddle stitch seems more appropriate). Take off the 84-page perfect bound only restraint and I will stop bothering Lulu. Please do this. Publisher Grade is cheaper and saddle stitching is appropriate for a chapbook. Please take my idea into consideration.