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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 think it would be great to have more payment options. Payoneer allows one to withdraw funds directly into a debit/credit card or bank account. And people could then use their lulu earnings to buy books from lulu - the credit card could be added as a default payment method.


Many huge companies are using it worldwide. It's the way of the future.

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Could you produce an option to print clothbound books without the dustjacket?  Perhaps an option could be provided to add a foil stamp to the front cover as on the side (maybe with more fonts).


It would also be helpful to allow for verticle text on the spine (so that a volume number I, II, III etc. could be placed at the bottom of the spine without it being printed sideways).

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Back Cover Photos on Calendars

Status: New Idea!
by gwladysddu on ‎09-23-2015 04:51

Please allow us to add a Back Cover to our Calendars. I will happily design my own showing all the photos inside. Every calendar you buy in the stores has this feature. It's a wonderful way for folks to see at a glance what's inside. If you need your logo or something on the back, give us dimensions and placement and we can design around it. This would be a wonderful addition and bring your published calendars up to the par of the big guys out there! Thanks.

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Separate Calendar Themes and pages

Status: New Idea!
by gwladysddu on ‎09-23-2015 04:43

I would like to choose a theme for the top half of my calendar, but the choice of calendar designs (open, squares, etc.) are not what I would like. Allow us to choose the theme and then choose the calendar pages separately.

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When stepping through the revision process it would save time and money if there was a "use previous" button to use a previously uploaded and processed interior or cover file. The previous one is already there, and the print-ready versions must be in the system, so use them!

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Paper Samples

Status: New Idea!
by lmill4894 on ‎08-31-2015 01:27

As a design student looking to use your site to produce a project for class, providing samples of your paper stock would be extremely helpful. I'm sure many others would appreciate a chance to look your the qualities of your paper offerings.

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The only thing is... I need to get readers to
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Alternate Calendar

Status: New Idea!
by Rafferty15 on ‎07-22-2015 12:56

You guys could make a calendar template that allows more changes, such as changing month names, weekday names and dates. I've been trying to figure out how to make a hebrew/jewish calendar and have a lot of people who would readily buy.

There are a lot of different calendars out there, and no "make your own calendar" site that has an alternate calendar option. The market is wide open for this sort of thing and there are plenty of people who would buy.

I think it would be a great advance on your company to be able to do and advertize something like this! 

Please consider!


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Status: New Idea!
by kbienusa1 on ‎07-21-2015 04:16

Not all the themes have the set up of each day having it's own "box". Many of my customers have complained that not having vertical and horizontal grid marks is troubling to them. A couple friends I recommended this site to chose not to use Lulu for their calendars for this very reason. Loved the quality but wanted the option to have the grids work for them. Is it possible to have a choice on all themes for grid style just like we have a choice of which holidays, etc. we want to include?

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I have just found that Lulu site (and the shopping cart in particular) works very poorly with small-screen devices (such as my Android smartphone).


It is really bad.


Hey, Lulu personel, it is your most important task to make Lulu work with smartphones.

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