Share an idea or suggestion for how to improve the Lulu self-publishing experience. You can also show your support for previous recommendations by assigning a star rating.

You must be a registered member of the Lulu Community to participate in the Ideas forum. Please review our community forum policies and guidelines before posting.

If you can't find what you are looking for in our knowledge base or community forums, please visit our Support Page to email our Lulu Support Staff.

New Idea
(3)

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.

(2)

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!

(1)
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!
(1)

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.

(1)

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

0 Kudos

Story Shares, a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving literacy skills, is launching their annual Relevant Reads writing contest. The contest opens August 23, 2016 with a submission deadline of December 31, 2016. The contest is seeking submissions from 1,000 to 10,000 words in a variety of genres including historical fiction, horror/suspense, fantasy, and overall diversity so that every reader is able to find his or her reflection in the books available.The contest also has a “For Teens by Teens” category and accepts submissions by youth under the age of 18 who wish to contribute their unique voices to the organization’s growing library.

 

The contest offers cash prizes ranging from $500 to $3,000, along with publication in both digital and print form. But unlike most writing contests, those who submit their work to Story Shares have a real opportunity to make a difference. The organization has established a broad network of readers across 44 states and 26 countries who are waiting for fresh content to consume. These readers use the stories in Story Shares library, either themselves or together with their teachers, to improve literacy skills.

 

Review the contest and sign-up now at www.StoryShares.org/contest .

 

 

0 Kudos

Story Shares, a nonprofit organization based in Boston, MA devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving literacy skills, is launching their annual Relevant Reads writing contest. The contest opens August 23, 2016 with a submission deadline of December 31, 2016. The contest is seeking submissions from 1,000 to 10,000 words in a variety of genres including historical fiction, horror/suspense, fantasy, and overall diversity so that every reader is able to find his or her reflection in the books available.The contest also has a “For Teens by Teens” category and accepts submissions by youth under the age of 18 who wish to contribute their unique voices to the organization’s growing library.

 

The contest offers cash prizes ranging from $500 to $3,000, along with publication in both digital and print form. But unlike most writing contests, those who submit their work to Story Shares have a real opportunity to make a difference. The organization has established a broad network of readers across 44 states and 26 countries who are waiting for fresh content to consume. These readers use the stories in Story Shares library, either themselves or together with their teachers, to improve literacy skills.

 

Review the contest and sign-up now at www.StoryShares.org/contest .

 

 

0 Kudos

...and make the existence of the "Look Inside" feature known.

 

I did not notice the miniscule "Preview" link until it was pointed out to me after I'd already mistakenly purchased a book that turned out to be awful. On a more positive note it would allow your authors with genuinely good products the opportunity to stand out.

 

I see I'm not the only one to suggest that the link is too small:

 

Please make the PREVIEW link below the book MUCH LARGER

0 Kudos

This is my first and last purchase from Lulu:

 

Vector Arcade Games

 

An utterly disgraceful rip-off of content directly copy and pasted from Wikipedia with no editing whatsoever.

 

If the owners of this site have even a shred of decency they'll remove this from sale immediately.

 

The "no returns" policy is just an additional slap in the face. I can only hope that my money, and presumably the money of others like me who have unwittingly been scammed, don't keep this fraudulent enterprise solvent for much longer.

0 Kudos

Payment

Status: New Idea!
by SuperboyKC85 on ‎08-18-2016 05:14
Oh I don't know.. Crazy thought.. WE GET PAID MAYBE AT LEAST EVERY TWO WEEKS LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE. =D
0 Kudos

I'm increasingly frustrated with your project management system. For many simple changes, such as revising some aspect of a book, the current hardwired workflow forces me to cycle through the entire upload/generate print-ready file cycle just to make a simple change. Most recently, I had to delete an entire project and redo it from scratch rather than simply deselecting a checkbox to remove the book from retail distribution. Far more of the features of Lulu books should be editable directly from the screen where you review a book's characteristics. Think simple!

 

This kind of user-hostile design isn't unusual on the Web. Most programmers have no experience with usability and user experience (UUX) and no training in interface design. But you guys have a broad, general audience, so you need to be better than the very low standard most Web sites are held to. In particular, you need to remember that a few hours of work on your end tinkering with the plumbing can save your thousands of users many thousands of hours of frustration. Life's too short to be grappling with cumbersome, inefficient interfaces.

 

If you'd like a free UUX consult, please drop me a line.

0 Kudos

I have two addresses in Lulu, one for private books and one for more public books. Unfortunately I have registered some private books in the wrong address. Is it possible to move them to the right address without making new books from the beginning  in the correct address?

0 Kudos

Against language giscrimination

Status: New Idea!
by moneygod on ‎08-12-2016 05:39

I have two books published at lulu.com. They used both English and Chinese charecters in the titles. They were refused to be world wide distribution. I got two lettes from lulu, said that "None Liting words are not permitted to enter the world distribution". That is language discrimination. I wrote a letter as below.

---------------------------------
I feel that it is a discrimination for none Latin language not to be published to worldwide book market. That regulation must be changed immediately. Actually, I used both English and Chinese in my music sheet book published at lulu.com. Music is an international language. That is the main part of my book. Furthermore, Chinese is used more than 1.3 billion people in the world. Even the United Nation had approved long long ago that Chinese is equal to French, English in the legal documents for the United Nations. I insist that the you ask the top management leader of rule-setting stopping language discrimination. If they still not permit my book to be distribute, I ask that top leader write to me and explain why and I will fight back to him.
Best regards.

 

ref:_00D506zQ6._50050nGJI9:ref

----------------------------------

But, I did not get a positive feed back.

 

My book sites are:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/product-22797945.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/product-22774835.html

0 Kudos
(1)

7x10 Hardcover Landscape

Status: New Idea!
by cynthia2 on ‎07-29-2016 09:29

Is it possible to add a 7 x 10 or 6 x 9 hardcover landscape option to your catalog of layouts?

 

I use the landscape layout for my soft cover versions, and would love to match the hardcovers with the softcovers.

 

Also, is there an option for creating a box to hold a book series?

 

Thank you.

0 Kudos
(1)

Discount date(s) option

Status: New Idea!
by cynthia2 on ‎07-29-2016 09:25

Is it possible to add a discount date option to the discount menu?

 

I am celebrating an event in one of my characters lives and would like to run the discount sale from one date through another date. I have advertised this on facebook and Instagram.

 

Without this option, I have to be sure I am able to set at midnight one day and turn off at midnight at the end of the sale.

 

Thank you.

 

Status: New Idea!

This is a good idea.

But, unfortunately, we do not yet have that functionality.

 

If your social media campaign includes dates, I would just start the discount when I went to bed the night before. No one will be aware of the sale until they see the ads. If someone buys the book a few hours early, it will be a pleasant surprise to save on the purchase price.

 

Best of luck to you on your promotion.

 

BTW - your discount will be on top of whatever special Lulu is running on that date. Make sure to let your readers know they can save even more if they apply the Lulu discount code listed on the home page.

0 Kudos

Calendar Marketing

Status: New Idea!
by TexasPhotog on ‎07-27-2016 11:20

I am a professional nature photographer, and I have created a couple of calendars that I would like to market.  Does anyone have any ideas that would help me, since I'm new to this part of the business.  Thanks for any help.  BTW, I already post it on my Facebook page, but I don't have as many followers there as I do on Instagram.  Maybe Facebook Ads?  Thanks for any help!

 

Norman Rowsey, Texas Photographer

0 Kudos
(1)

I checked all the information and I know it's all right. Why does this message keep appearing?

Labels

Lulu is an advocate for global consumer privacy rights, protection and security. Copyright © 2002-2015 Lulu Press, Inc. All Rights Reserved.