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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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Filter by price

Status: New Idea!
by dward1930 on ‎11-17-2015 05:42

A number of websites filter by price cheapest to most expensive but Lulu does not have that.

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Extra Calendar Pages

Status: New Idea!
by GKAlluvium on ‎11-12-2015 11:28

I have seen a suggestion to create a book instead of a calendar to get extra calendar pages, but is the price the same (of course adding the extra pages)? Also is it easy at the end of the creation/editing phase to ask for calendar binding instead of a book and will the paper be upgraded? I am specifically interested in the standard  calendar option.


Has anyone ordered these? Are they of good enough quality to sell?


Thanks in advance.



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Sell-at-cost book WITH an ISBN#

Status: New Idea!
by LPCA on ‎11-11-2015 02:40
It is easy to publish a book by following the website guidlines.  For that, Thank You!
However - there is a very serious gap in the publishing procedure that needs to be fixed.
If you want to publish a book and sell at cost (i.e. make no profit), there is way to do this. 
However, if you also want to have an ISBN#, and continue to sell at cost, there is NO way to do this! 
If you select having an ISBN#, Lulu MAKES you have a profit when you sell the book.
What is more, it is not easy to discover that adding an ISBN will throw your book into the profit category, even if you don't
want to make a profit.

May I suggest that you add a (small) section specifically for authors who want to sell at cost and not make a profit.
There will be more than just one or two authors wanting to do this.  In this day of genealogy, many people want to write up family genealogies and/or family histories with the idea of distributing them only to those interested (i.e. to family members).  These authors do not want to make a profit.
However - they would like to have their books in the local library, and to do this they need an ISBN (at least in many cases, libraries won't take a book without one).
In the publishing process, PLEASE add a short section in the procedure with a choice of:

"TO SELL FOR PROFIT - click here"         "TO SELL AT COST WITH NO PROFIT - click here"*

The clicks would then take you to sections about ISBN and pricing, etc. etc.

*It would also be great if you make some sort of generic ISBN available for those who want to sell at cost.  Charge more for this, if you must ... BUT ... make sure the book does not make a profit.  I believe this used to be an option.

PLEASE CONSIDER this quite seriously.  It is a big gap in your publishing procedure, which otherwise is excellent.

M. Falconer
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Status: New Idea!
by AdrianaZanese on ‎11-10-2015 05:40

Lulu dovrebbe creare un button MESSAGGI (su modello di facebbok) per consentire agli utenti di scambiarsi idee e commenti sui propri libri.

Sono certa che le vendite aumenterebbero! Cosa ne pensate?

Adriana Zanese Inserra


PS. Se volete iniziare, leggete le anteprime dei miei libri e commentateIi, IO RICAMBIERò.

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Cover Template Designs

Status: New Idea!
by on ‎11-08-2015 11:10

Some of the back covers templates can look very nice but as soon as you choose to change the color the designs disappear leaving just a solid colored block. It would nice to be able to change the colors of front or back cover template and have the designs still appear but maybe in a matching color. This way we could use the template , change the colors, but still keep patterns such as the frame around the author's picture, or the lines running across the cover in one template that goes away soon as you change the cover. I think this would be great and allow us that can't do graphic design some added advantage using the lulu templates. Adding some effects to fonts would be nice as well such as shadows or mirror image etc.

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It would be great to have the option to offer a bundle discount to book buyers who wish to purchase multiple books in a series.  Something like the discount feature that is available to us now, but with a discount for purchasing a book bundle.  Something like, if you purchase three or more books in a series you will get a 30% discount on your order.  I don't know if this has been suggested before but I've seen it done elsewhere and it works.  Just a suggestion for a feature I could certainly use.



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I've just had a lot of difficulty getting the bleed area correct on my publication. The instructions on the Lulu site are correct - but easy to misread. The difficulty arose from the fact that measurements on Lulu are given in centimetres (or decimals of inches, for goodness sake!) but my InDesign is set as default in millimetres. I suggest the site instructions should add the millimetre measurement just for clarity. Where it suggests a bleed area of .318cm, with my InDesign default this has to be entered, of course, as 3.18mm - ten times wider... I had to reformat, copy and paste 100 pages but my second proof copy is correct!


Great support from Lulu when I pointed out my mistake, though. Thanks for that.

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Lower cost for pocket books

Status: New Idea!
by isissousa on ‎10-17-2015 04:09

Pocket books are a very popular format - and I noticed the price for a pocket book project is the same as for a 6x9...


It would be really awesome if LULU could give fairer fees for pocket book format, as it is also smaller in size. Would certainly benefit many Smiley Happy


Thank you for evrrything you guys already do for the self-publishing industry. I have been greatly benefitted by your work as well Smiley Happy

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Status: New Idea!
by ssjoun on ‎10-07-2015 05:57

Hello there,


My suggestion is that both the paperback and the ebook versions of the same book to be placed on the same product page.  This way on our website we can sell the book more conveniently, because with just one click the buyer can be directed to the same product page for both versions of the same book.


Thank you for your consideration,

Shiva Johnson

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Amazon did it, why not Lulu too?

Status: New Idea!
by on ‎09-28-2015 09:50

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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