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The way to start a calendar or photo book in Lulu Studio right now is very convoluted and not intuitive. Given the number of questions on the forum, this seems to be a real hurdle, especially for new users and in comparison to how easy it is to get started on other sites. It is very confusing that both the "create your photo book" and the "create your calendar" links appear to redirect to the "Books" page. I think providing a direct link from the calendar and photo book pages to Lulu Studio like it used to be would work a lot better.
Maybe the Lulu team already knows about this and I'm just late to the party, but I just noticed that one of Lulu's competitors is offering free ISBN and distribution through Amazon for self-published photo books (the premium glossy paper kind) since April this year. I'm wondering if Lulu might be able to do the same.
The base price for photo books etc is for a 20-page book, and Studio opens with 20 numbered pages as the default, so it appears that it will create a book at base price. However, for anything but the smallest sizes it will actually result in a 21-page book due to the extra title page, and cost more than the base price to print. While that extra title page isn't counted in the page numbers in Studio, it certainly is counted in calculating the purchase price. So what one has to do to get a 20-page photo book at base price is to remove page 20 from the default Studio layout and just leave the title page and pages 1-19.
This is rather confusing and I suggest fixing it. There are several possibilities. Based on other suggestions and comments about it, the preferred solutions seem to be:
- Remove the title page entirely
- Renumber the pages to count the title page as page 1 and remove the page that then becomes page 21
- Don't charge for the extra title page; only charge for pages the user creates
Ideally, I would like to see fully editable or deletable title pages in photo books at all sizes (currently only the smallest sizes come without title pages), but in case that is not possible, it would be nice to be able to at least edit the type face for the title page. Currently it seems to be fixed by whatever template is chosen, whereas the text anywhere else in the book can be changed to a different font. Therefore, if I wanted to use a certain template, but choose a different font than the default for that template, the title page would still show the default and thus have a different type face from the rest of the book. I would prefer to be able to keep it consistent.
If I understand correctly, compact and wallet size photo books come in sets of 3 and 4, respectively. However, the only place you learn about that is if you create one. There is no indication of this on either the product page if you offer it for sale, nor in the shopping cart or on the order confirmation form or receipt email if you order one. It merely says quantity = 1. It would be nice if it could indicate that it is 1 set (of 3 or 4) rather than 1 each.