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Kobo

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.

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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.

Thanks!

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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:/// www.Plimus.com ) 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 ( http://www.Payoneer.com ) 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!
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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.

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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

Hi

 

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

Hi,

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 Lulu.com 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've just completed a project that contains a background image that is meant to imitate an old parchment. Even though I explicitly followed the "Bleed" directions provided by LULU, the project wizard throws errors and says it's resized the document! I understand that the messages need to be addressed, and that you're planning to do that.

 

However, it would be nice and simple to add a little tick box to the wizard to indicate that the PDF the author has produced is sized to print accordingly with appropriate bleed for the project's page size. The wizard could then just accept the PDF page size and not try and resize the darn thing, or throw up scary messages when you're trying to print a 200 page book.

 

Or, if you want the wizard to be intelligent, get it to follow your own guidelines for bleed. So if it detects an oversized PDF that matches your guidelines for page size according to print size it can not resize the document and put up a message to say that it's detected bleed.

 

 

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Hi,

thank you for enabling distribution of ebooks to Google Play.

Currently, this is listed under 'Kobo and Everything Else'.

 

It would be useful if Google Play is mentioned explicitly on the ebook distribution page, eg if the GP logo is shown next to the Kobo logo. 

 

Thanks

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ON ENVELOPES STAMP "DO NOT BEND"

Status: New Idea!
by KarenFolsom on ‎11-28-2016 04:47

Due to the last calendar I received in poor condition, (because I believe the post office

 

thoght it was a pamphlet and bent it in half,)  I hope you can pre-stamp these

 

envelopes with DO NOT BEND to help prevent this from happening and customer

 

having a $20+  loss!

 

 

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Revenue can be earnt from libraries borrowing  ebooks. Currently, there is no way of distributing it through an aggregator to the library network. This exposure would be good.

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Make it a less work for amateurs?

Status: New Idea!
by AnnaLR on ‎11-19-2016 06:38

I just signed up for LULU, and uploaded my PDF , and immediately there were hosts of "issues" with this upload. Why don't you standardise these issues so that we can work without having to learn how to fix them? Now I have to search how to fix the fonts in the AppleMac PDF. Amazing. What a time wasting activity around the fonts. I don't care about the fonts so why dont you put a BUTTON to convert it easily and quickly with one button press? But as you dont, then tell me

 

Do you have a quick solution for MAC? There's one solution only for PC. 

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I noticed that everytime I buy my book in lulu.com, I noticed that the receipt is place inside the cellophane that wraps my book.

I have to destroy the cellophane just to get the receipt. 

 

My suggestion is that the receipt should be placed outside of the cellophane so that I can re-sell my book without damaging the cellophane that wraps my book. 

 

Regards,

 

Andrew Angus

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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 <existing_ticket@lulu.com> wrote:

 

Hi Andrew,

 

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!

 

Kind regards,

 

Chelsea B

Lulu Press, Inc.

 

 

 

Hi Chelsea,

 

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.

 

Best Regards,

 

Andrew

 

 

 

 

Hi Andrew,

 

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!

 

Kind regards,

 

Chelsea B

Lulu Press, Inc.

 

 

 

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For the second year, I'm creating a Lulu calendar to showcase my urban landscape paintings. I've been happy with the quality of your product, but it's very frustrating not to be able to include a back cover with contact information, maybe a personal statement or bio, and perhaps images as well (e.g., thumbnails of the 12 images inside). This is pretty much a standard, basic feature on most commercial calendars, and I see that at least a half-dozen of your other authors have made this same request. In fact, I suspect that very many (perhaps most) of your calendar makers feel the same way, though they may not have found a way to let you know. (In my experience, it's no easy matter to use the "suggest" feature on your website.) Please do seriously consider making this change. Frankly, I was considering switching to another supplier, specifically because of the lack of a back page on your template. 
 
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Often when I have gotten my "author's proof" I find a minor tweek need in some component.  The current practice is that I have to rework the book from ground zero starting witch such basics as selecting the size and format.  This complete reedit means, of course, that I might inadvertantly make another error.  It would be better if a dialog box appeared asking "what do you want to change? check all that apply."  If it is the interior PDF of pages, for example, then all other aspects of the book would remain unchanged and I just upload a new PDF.  If it is the photo on the cover, as another example, then everything stays the same and I just edit the cover.  Why have to start all over for changing only one element?

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Communication between departments

Status: New Idea!
by Sun4 on ‎11-01-2016 12:45

I have been caught in a quagmire of Lulu problems with no one taking responsibility but rather telling me they don't have access to the files from another department, and of being passed on to someone else.  Iappear to have run into the philosophy that "a problem passed on is a problem solved. "  So far, my "premier package" children's Christmas book that I approved the proofs for in color for both paperback and hard copy has wound up sending me and anyone else who ordered paperbacks copies in black and white and of inferior quality. It's not what I paid for.  I've had to cancel all upcoming events I'd planned to launch my book before Christmas because I have none to sell or display.   So far I have talked with Barb, sarah, Teri, Pamela, Paul, Carra, Amber, Allegra, Richard, Nicki, and back to Teri and Pamela and now am being turned over to an assistant manager who is looking into the problem.  My friends who got the black and white ccopies were very disappointed in my work.  I can assure you, not as much as I am. But I was not to blame.  I have done everything on time and as instructed.  I have no answers yet on whether you plan to replace the books I and others ordered with the approved color books, on who will pay return shipping, on whether my paperback is now available on line anywhere or when it will be.  In short, you have totally ruined my Christmas surprise and gifts to everyone.  And I'm tired of the lack of communication between departments and being passed around.  I just want someone to take responsibility and fix it, then communicate with me about how it's been resolved and how.

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Some photo pages have a rectangle in them to write a few words about the page. I want full editing possibilities for these rectangles. Currently there is none: The writing in them is very raw and far from user-friendly.

Examples:

  1. I want A LOT MORE selections for FONT SIZES! And A LOT more FONT TYPES.
  2. I want the possibility of CENTERING VERTICALLY - dead on. Currently, centering is only available HORIZONTALLY.
  3. I want CUT & PASTE funtions in the rectnagles - to save me time entering data.
  4. I want to be able to select LINE SPACING values in these rectangular labels.
  5. I want a SELECT_ALL function to avail in them.
  6. I want to be able to vary The rectangle by way of "handles" at each of the four corners of a label like in Msoft Word an Msoft PWRPOINT.
  7. I want a GO_TO_PICTURE or a GO_TO_PAGE_Number function, where I can do a COPY, then return to my previous page and do a PASTE!
  8. I want to have a selection of colors for my album hard cover pages. Ex: I want BLUE pages so the album can give a sense of the sea I traveled...Thus relate to the color of the sea...
  9. Once I have specified The color, text size and dimension of a label box, that the software keep these specifications until I change them, as many of my labels are repetitive in nature...

For examples of my comments herein, go and take a look at my photo album titled "Our 50th Wedd Anniversary..."

Work no 19465587.

 

My appreciation.

 

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