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Following David Woodward, I post this suggestion also here. It was posted in an other discussion and had 5 kudos there.
- It should be possible to replace the Name by apicture (image banner) with the compnay name (The text can still be behind for search engine and if the picture is not loaded) .
I would love to publish my novel on paper that has the look of an old manuscript in certain parts of the paperback or hardback. Paper gradients (dog-eared, worn, tattered) would give us a nice option to push our ideas further and creatively. A slight discoloration or choice in colored paper would also be exciting to work with. Thanks for your service!
Is it possible to allow users to run the Cover Design Wizard independently of starting a new project?
I would like to create a new cover but don't want to go through the whole process of editing or starting a new project first.
A have a number of booklets I cannot publish at Lulu: Small format (A6) and only a few pages.
Best for staple binding, starting at 8 pages, but not available for A6 (105 × 148 mm or 4.13 × 5.83 in). Why not? It could be also a similar american format or canadian P6.
This could also be a new business field for tracts for churches...
Can old threads in the forums not be removed or at least blocked from further replies? Even archiving them is usually pointless.
I say removed because the advice in them can be out of date very fast, and some of the threads go back years!
I suggest blocked from further replies if you cannot remove them, because people replying to postings months or years old is just as pointless.
Perhaps make the dates on them more obvious if you cannot do the above, then perhaps people may notice that they are replying to a posting years old, so they may realise they are wasting their time.
I would like to offer the PDF version of a given book for free to anyone who buys the printed copy. Since storage and bandwidth are practically free these days, it wouldn't cost Lulu extra to give away a PDF draft with each printed copy, and would probably result in a lot more sales of printed material since the buyer would be getting a free bonus of the electronic copy of the publication.
I sent the following message to Customer Support here at Lulu, and he suggested that I post my comments here. Perhaps I'm the only one complaining? Anyway, here are my thoughts about the new author Spotlight.
I am extremely unhappy with the new Spotlight format which has limited customization options! I have now lost the ability to place my web page hit counter in the new Spotlight, and that was so helpful in seeing the traffic to my site. I tried putting both the code and the counter into the limited space for my profile information, but it simply doesn't work, because the block is not set up to accept computer code.
I also cannot add any other information about my books, because there is no option to add more text or HTML blocks like there was with the other website setup. Lastly, I am very unhappy that I can't organize my books the way I want them. The book organization options don't make any sense for my books. I want to be able to place them in the order I want them in.
Surely I'm not the only one completely dismayed by this frustrating and very limited website design. Will more options be added later? Even the ability to add just one HTML block would help, so I could recover my web page counter.
Another additional HTML block would also be nice, so I could give potential book buyers accessing my spotlight the current coupon code to use for their book purchase. If they are directed to the Spotlight with whatever search engine they are using, they can't see the current coupon offer.
Actually, I'm not as frustrated now as I was when I had copied all of my data from my old website and then clicked on the link to set up my new Spotlight only to find, to my great dismay, that I couldn't use but a few sentences of the vast information I had posted on my old Lulu site. After fuming about it for awhile and sending my comments above, I searched for and found a wonderful website hosting company called 1&1, and spent very little money to get a great website-building tool package, register my domain, and set up a website devoted to information about my novel that is much nicer than my old web page here on Lulu was. I now have that website linked with my Spotlight here on Lulu, and I am finally a very happy camper. To me it has been worth the extra money spent to have a much better setup with subject pages, graphics, and even an animated flash greeting. Oh, and I was able to place my lovely web page hit counter on my new website with 1&1 without losing any of the count already stored on it.
I'm done ranting! (giggle)
Karen L. Haws-Dearing
(Laurel Cain Haws)
it ought to be noted on the booksizes page that there are different kinds of papers involved in the various binding choices.
I ordered a number of hardcover casewraps , and one hardcover dustjacket. I was surprised that the quality of paper in the casewraps feels really generic and cheap where as the paper in the dustjacket book is a nice cream color. it would be very helpful to have known this before ordering the casewraps, I would have made them all dustjackets.
Lulu's buy now buttons are useful in my site - but I want to encourage users to come and see the preview. Some are spooked by thinking that clicking a buy now button is going to commit them before they have seen anything.
Could Lulu please build:
"Preview before you buy"
"Preview or Buy now!"
I liked the old Lulu coupon codes (mine had a name and ended in 305) instead of the new promotions you are giving us for customers. It's very complicated. For example I need to send them to lulu.com and then give them a link to go to my book. I'm also confused if I use the code to stock up on my own books and then the customer cannot. My sales are dropping off. Please go back to the coupon code. It was much easier.