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I do know what the word Announcement means, but it would be nice to be able to reply to them and ask questions, as was once possible. It is now a bit like a case of >> "We are about to do this > so tough!" Please stop locking them, it's a forum.
Also >> why is it not possible to PM the forum mods, and any other staff member that at times pops up in the forums?
While I am here. Please do not lock a thread just because one 'nutter' posted in it, just delete that posting. What else that's posted may be handy to people, but they may have further questions on the subject.
Original Customer Comments:
I set up direct access for my ebook. How can I sell in bulk to an organization?
On Nov 9, 2016, at 11:37 AM, Chelsea B <email@example.com> wrote:
I hope you are well today. My name is Chelsea and I'll be happy to assist you.
You've got a few options to provide your eBook to multiple people in an organization. You can download the file and send it to them on an individual basis (i.e. they contact you for the files, you collect revenue and send the files), or you can require each member of the organization to create a Lulu account and purchase the eBook individually.
Thank you for choosing Lulu, and have a great day!
Lulu Press, Inc.
Thank you for your response. In order to sell discounted bulk to organizations, my direct access e-book price ($3.99) is discounted from the general access price of $8.99.
Since direct access projects don't show on lulu site, having each person register on Lulu would be fruitless (I tested this assumption by having my wife register).
Lulu provides a URL for my direct-access project so I can email a link to whoever I am selling to. Problem there is that I have no control over who the link gets forwarded to--the link can be forwarded to whomever (I tested this also; the link would live in cyberspace in perpetuity, inviting a black market).
Suggestion: Lulu could allow authors to enter the editing section of their project and issue a coupon code for an organization and author can dictate when access ends.
I sincerely hope you are able to get the ear of Lulu IT on this subject--Lulu already sends its authors coupon codes so the wheel does not have to be reinvented. For Lulu authors who are trainers like myself, this kind of offering would be a game-changer.
That's a great suggestion. I know there is a project in the works to make bulk eBook sales available, but unfortunately, I do not believe it will be available before 2017.
If you have a moment I would encourage you to post your feedback on our Suggest page: http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Suggest/idb-p/Suggest
Members of the Lulu community will be able to view and vote on your suggestion. Our product development team also keeps an eye on this site and we have implemented many of the great suggestions our users have offered.
Through ideas like yours, Lulu is able to create a more successful platform for you to publish and sell more books.
Thank you for choosing Lulu, and have a great day!
Lulu Press, Inc.
Lulu should consider making provision for Multi Format eBook Projects.
A Multi Format eBook Project would be one where the Lulu Creator may upload an eBook PDF, a prepared compliant and validated EPUB and also a compliant Kindle MOBI all of a single title.
The multi format eBooks should only be subject to automatic validation processes and not require the attention of manual QA validation or assessment very much as now is the case for a PDF or EPUB sold solely from the Lulu Shop.
A Multi Format eBook Project would only be available for sale from the Lulu Shop and no provision should be made for eBooks in the Multi Format eBook Project to be promoted to distribution outside of Lulu.
A single selling price should be applicable to a Multi Format eBook Project allowing the buyer to download any individual format or all three at any time.
Consideration should be given to allowing Multi Format eBook Projects to be synced with a buyers Drop Box to allow off line downloading.
Consideration should also be given to allowing the purchase of an associated print book with the same title at a discounted price if made at the same time as purchasing a Multi Format eBook Project.
My husband is going through final edits of his book, and he came across a competition for authors on Amazon. I was wondering if there could be a 'noticeboard' or such like where poetry, short story and novel writing competitions can be added for those who are interested in entering. I know it wouldn't be to everyone's liking, and I would never think of entering a competition to be honest as I write educational books, but it could be a good resource for Lulu writers maybe? Probably not linked to the main forums as not everyone would want to know but perhaps a separate page where people could post competitions they have heard of? Just an idea...
I bought a book from here last night and when I purchased it I got the email confromation that I bought one book, but the amount was taken off my account twice and I haven't been able to contact anyone about a refund. I think that this should be fixed asap!
I have a few remaining musical scores (books) I'm keeping on Lulu (revising them now). Used to have a ton of music (mostly audio) up here, but that's all down now. It would be very useful to be able to post a link (for example a soundcloud.com link) as an audio preview for the music that the person would buy. I could see it being done through the video module- but then one would have to send all their audio through YouTube (or something like that) instead of a site like SoundCloud which just passed 10 million users.
In a description, for example: This musical work bla bla bla... You can listen to it HERE. (the underlined text would contain the <a href="website url address here'>HERE.</a> bit of text.
That would be very useful to the potential buyer- especially if the soundcloud player (any player) could be embedded, and there would be no need to go to another page to hear the audio.
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.
After reading a few prior posts (1, 2, 3, 4) on the topic concerning multiple / alternative book covers, I understand our traditional book publishing industry is founded on one cover to one title with one ISBN. Got it. Thanks. Totally understand how the Library of Congress who issues Certificates of Registation likes to have ONE book with ONE COVER tied to ONE certificate.
Might it be time for ISBN's to be tied to content, author or actual book content than it's packaging (book cover)? A discussion for another thread (I degress).
For folks who have ever tried to create the perfect book cover - even the most talented book cover professional will attest that one image does NOT FIT ALL. Ask 10 people to select from 10 images for ONE book and you'll get 100 suggestions. (I know, I have asked 10 people to pick from 3 images and I got 70 suggestions). . .
Given these facts:
1) Lulu's has amazing systems in place to route print-on-demand jobs...
2) consumers enjoy creative ways to customize things from phone covers, clothes and body parts (what's your favorite nail, hair or eye color) . . .
3) No one book cover will ever 'catch the eye' of every single potential reader . . .
4) Technology already exists to combine a library of images with a library of content . . .
What IF - for souls who wish to sell books sans ISBN's (of Certificates of Registration) . . .
- who also seek to engage consumers with a feature (marketing gimmick) to customize their book cover (like folks can do with USPS postage stamps - for example)
- create (or have access to an app to create) a library of book covers that links to ONE file (book content).
The suggestion? (Finally!)
To purchase a book (based on it's content), consumers may select from a library of cover images (book art) before checking out!
I babbled long enough....
I think it would be beneficial to allow authors to make more than one listing of "their" books, that allows them to be sorted into genres or by series or by pen name or whatever the author wishes.
I've written one of my books under a pen name, and some of my other books are compiled from public domain materials... so my "Author Spotlight" actually shows 4 different named authors, and when one visits my book pages through the "More By [Author]" function it often shows books that are by someone else than the one on the original page. I can imagine others must have this same problem.
Also, some folks might have books written in multiple genres that they don't want appearing alongside each other (for example, if one wrote both children's books and sleazy romances; or cookbooks and conspiracy theories; or any other pairings that could potentially be off-putting to readers if they make the connection that the author is the same. Right now the "More by [Author]" window would start showing them together as recommendations.)
Right now, if someone wrote "Little Foo-Bunny's Magic Winter" under the pen name Sally Lee, and another book called "Esmerelda and the 47 Perverted Pirates" as Mathilde Mathers, they'd not only appear together in the same Author's Spotlight but also be recommended to the people viewing the other book. This can be a problem.
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In a world more and more ecology-conscientious, it would make sense for lulu to offer environmental-friendly features in publishing (i.e. recycled paper, FSC certified book...). It might be a nice marketing move to do.
Just a thought!
A cousin in Brazil recently published a book with Tinta Negra. Someone from that publisher attended his book release party, interviewed the author, his sister (who had translated the letters which are the subject of the book), and two journalists who attended the function. The film also uses images from the book and a (probably stock) musical background. I think this would be a cool option for Lulu.
Here's a link to the film:
What do you think?
There are many folks who write mangas and other books printed in reverse from that of traditional western style printing. Why not have an option in the preview to select 'reverse page numbering' so these books don't show backwards in the preview?
In My Projects, the Projects List menu has options for managing retired projects and searching. An option for a New Project or Create New Project would be convenient. Yes, there is the Create option in the big black banner, but that means pulling out of the Project mindset and focusing attention outside it. But it is good UI design to group related options, even if some of them are duplicated elsewhere.