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New Idea


Status: New Idea!
by bonjotheclown on ‎03-13-2012 11:02

Two things I would like to see Lulu do

1 Distribute through Kobo

2 HAve some sort of hit counter in the Authors Spotlight so that we know how many times items have been viewed.


Coil bound book on "calendar paper"

Status: New Idea!
by Gnat58 on ‎03-01-2012 03:22

The calendars are exquisite and I would love to be able to print some of my picture books for elders on this stock, coil bound. Since the books are just 20 pages or so, the hardcover option is too costly for full color, and the paperback is so small, it does not have the same high quality look/feel.


I'm suggesting Lulu to partner up with Payoneer as many other companies have done. I sell things through another webstore which offers its sellers to get their payments directly onto their Payoneer card, which they can select as option in their settings. If they select Payoneer card as payment method, they will sign up through Payoneer and receive a pre-paid mastercard (of course empty first time received) and once a month the Payoneer mastercard is loaded with any funds earned. This is really great, and a perfect way to receive payments for people who don't have paypal, or for some reason can't take checks. It is also a great service with very low fees for using the card, you can pay with it anywhere that accepts mastercard both online and in the "real world". Personally I use it through Plimus ( http:/// ) but Payoneer got tons of partners that functions the same way for sellers using them. Payoneer cards can also be loaded directly from Payoneer's website ( ) which is an extra added bonus if one are selling other things that are not possible to sell through the partner one are using (such as plimus). I suggest this, and hope others will agree and vote for this excellent payment option!

gift cards

Status: New Idea!
by nnamrod on ‎02-13-2012 05:32

please adopt the gift card option in lulu to enhance the promotion of lulu books when sending review copies.


Since Lulu changed the Revenue Report to only show the author's cut BEFORE Lulu takes its cut, I have to backtrack and figure out what percentage is mine and this is not only confusing, it encourages mistakes.  Why have you changed the report?  I no longer trust the numbers I am reading on Lulu.  For example, in the last revenue payment to me, my Lulu report online is $80 MORE than the amount I received from Lulu and there is NO WAY FOR ME TO CHECK AND VERIFY MY NUMBERS.  I am not sure I am getting paid the amount that I should be paid.

In addition, since the monthly actual payment is a sum and has no details (#books/mycut/lulucut) I cannot track the payment to the actual sales.

What's up with this new, less detailed Revenue Report ---- sure looks to me like Lulu is (1) hiding something and (2) wants to make sure authors aren't paying much attention to the total percentage of Lulu's cut per book.

I asked twice about this from your email support and STILL DO NOT HAVE AN ACCEPTABLE ANSWER.


Landscape books 10x8 or 11x8.5

Status: New Idea!
by chlange on ‎01-30-2012 04:06



am looking into publishing photo books in the 10x8 or even 11x8.5 landscape format and was surprised to see that you only offer 9x7 sizes, which is just to small.

So will have to look some place else. 


Lulu should offer to pulish the new iBooks format. Apple's new iBooks Author is a great product to make ebooks but it exports it as an .iBooks format. Please Lulu, please offer to publish the new iBooks format.

Gift ebooks & Print Copies

Status: New Idea!
by revlarsmi on ‎01-13-2012 07:57


I recently published an ebook and print copy of "The Faith Dozen" and I had a friend from AZ call me to let me know he could not buy extra copies of my Ebook to send as gifts to friends. Adding DRM to an ebook keeps it on one reader/computer and cannot be shared as we all know. I have noproblem with that. I asked support about maybe adding an option for their shopping cart where anyone buying an ebook can pay in advance and give an email where to send thier gift ebook. I also suggested that print copies could be paid in advance and sent to others with address provided, including shipping as an additional option.

Lulu support suggested I post that Idea here.

So? What do fellow lulu's think?    (I'm all ears).

GB, Rev. Dr. LRSmith

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I was wondering if this would be o.k to promote our services here?..

I draw, I've illustrated a few children's books.

I would be interested now to draw book covers, black and white drawings (or or contour line, semi-cartoony drawing or semi-realistic estampes) for an author,


this one the link of my past work




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Make In Design Templates

Status: New Idea!
by Alundra on ‎01-28-2016 09:59

It doesn't matter how popular or unpopular it is here, the fact is that not offering it while the competition does is going to cause you to lose potential customers. There's plenty of authors and designers who use InDesign to design and format their books and if you opened up the option here you might see more of them including you in their options.


You don't even have to give us a file, you can hand us specifications like Amazon does. We just need something to go on because redesigning everything is not an option, and for many of us making books in Microsoft Word is not an option! We need the quality and control InDesign gives us, and Word just does not even come close.


I wouldn't even know where to begin making a photo book in Word that's high quality and formatted beautifully. In InDesign I can make that photobook stunning, I can have text follow the shape of the photos subject. I can overlay the photo with captions and titles. I can do magic. Don't get me wrong, I am a wizard with Word too but it's not appropriate for book design!


ALL writers/authors should be using InDesign to design their books:


Back in 2010 you said you would consider it. I think it's time for you to consider it more seriously and do more research.

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My book (both ebook and paperback versions) have a PREVIEW link just below the book graphic. But the word "Preview" is so small that literally I missed it while I was actively looking for it. After about a minute I finally noticed it.


Can you please make the PREVIEW link that appears just below the book graphic MUCH LARGER so that it immediately stands out? For me, I am referring to this page for my book:


I have attached the image so you can see exactly what I am referring to. I can't see any reason why the PREVIEW link is so tiny, so I am hoping this is an easy fix. This would apply to both the ebook and paperback versions.


Thank you.


Tim Jones

Project ID # 733008

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Drop Shipping

Status: New Idea!
by corriganville on ‎12-19-2015 01:30

Will you ever allow true drop shipping? Definition of drop shipping is along these lines: we place an order with you which is to be shipped to another entity. Our return address is printed on the box and shipping papers inside the box, not lulu's. Right now, you only allow ship to, not drop shipping.

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Hello Dear LULU Team, can You make for all of us Xmas Present???!!! We are looking for some updates... especially on our profile page: like :, I'd be happy to add some "html codes' for preview in flip digital version of my books, b'cos Your System sill works on Flash, and it is far out-of-date service... If you create an option to add 'html codes' for every book, we can add embded files with flip versions of the book... (think about it), we need smth for all mobile divices available, with flexible overview (preview) of our catalogues and books...


Also, extra Xmas wish for Santa Clouse @ to sell e-Magazines online via LULU Platform with Global distribution: IOS, Android Market places,

Let Our All wishes Come True, Dear LULU Santa Clous...xoxoxo Happy

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please add a book category for "music" books.   "Arts and photograpy" doesn't do it at all....

Cheers, Dave Thomas - Music book author.

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I was setting up a book and selected 8 1/2 x 11 trim size and spiral bound. When I got to the bottom, the Amazon distribution option was not available. Why not?? THere was no indication.  I sent a note to support. And got an answer: sprial bound is not elegible for Amazon distribution. To spare support from having to answer this kind of question so frequently I suggest: 


Either put numbers or symbols on each trim and binding option indicating which channels are avaialble, or give a text string at the bottom inidicating why a channel is not available. 


Doug Bennett

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improving the shopping cart

Status: New Idea!
by maj2 on ‎12-10-2015 02:11

The shopping cart experience can be improved by these ideas


-when a customer is in my store, they should be able to choose one or more of my calendars (I have 4) without leaving my store. Right now, say they add 2 of my wavescapes calendars to their cart, and then want to add some of my beach calendars. When they click "continue shopping", instead of going back to my store, it takes them to the Lulu front page. Bad design and not good for us. Please try to change this ASAP, thanks.

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Improving the calendar templates

Status: New Idea!
by maj2 on ‎12-10-2015 02:04

Your calendar templates can be improved by the following ideas which are already seen on most calendars for sale in stores:


-being able to add photo thumbnails to blank squares inside the month to add more interest to what otherwise is just squares and dates


-the ability to add 12-16 thumbnails on the back page of the calendar showing ALL of the photos that are inside the calendar


-being able to add a bio/contact/web page info either on the back page or perhaps below the front cover photo


-in general it would be great to have more customization available on all calendars




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Adding New Finance Categories

Status: New Idea!
by TGM on ‎12-09-2015 09:59

I am rather shocked that there are NO financial business categories. This meant I was forced to use "Business and economics" which is the opposite of the subject of my book. As such, potential buyers cannot search for my book - or not find what they need.


My book should be placed in "Financial Markets" and "Technical Analysis."


Please provide this asap as I am losing sales...


Many thanks


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I would like to be able to sell two or more items together as a single package, single product, one web page, one order.


For example, I produce training manuals in coil binding, max page length is 470, but I now need more pages than this. Would be able to split into two volumes but show on web as one item, two volumes, sell them as a set.


I see other uses for this, For example, you might produce, say, cook books and have several volumes, As well as selling these individually, say that you have produced five such books. You could also market them as a package of five, one single item to order at a price less than buying all five individually. In fact this would work with almost any sort of book,


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