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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.
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.
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.
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
I imagine this has come up before, but I would really like to have a matte cover for paperback books. Most quality fiction has a matte cover in the UK (I don't know about the US) and given all the other options for design and format on the Lulu website it baffles me that such an obvious choise between glossy or matte isn't available here.
Although they are not all on my spotlight page yet due to edits, I'm about to complete my six novel. As I put as many formats out there as possible (hardcover, paperback, pocketbook & eBook) that makes for 24 books eventually on spotlightpage. That's a lot to have avaiable and be so mixed up and confusting to customers who are directed to my spotlight page. I find it imparative that authors be able to arrange them logically, or better yet be able to show only the book with dropdown menus for the different types of books available. As it is now, it's a huge jumbled cluster of books with no rhyme or reason as to organization according to a friend who looks at it. As a customer, he was NOT impressed.
A, elderly person who bought my books today called to tell me it was difficult for her to buy several of my books. Once the "Add to Cart" button is clicked the "Continue Shopping" text only button is hard to see on a white background. Once clicked it went to the main Lulu books shopping page and not back to my author's page or search listing of them. A lot of my customers are grandmothers(who aren't computer/internet savy) who want to buy books for their grandchildren. They are not used to navigating websites in general. It would be helpful to add a "Buy more from this Author" kind of button for every author here in general. I hope you consider this in future website upgrades.
Thank you for the services you provide, it is wonderful!
Why can a custom preview be created only after a book is published? In the case of an eBook, a custom preview is a completely separate epub file that the author creates in tandem with the book. It seems counter intuitive to have to revise a book to add a custom preview immediately after the book is published.
I'd love to be able to print and sell my own board books for toddlers. I think there might be a market out there for parents/grandparents that would like to do the same even if the intent wasn't to have wide spread success. It's alot of fun to make and publish books for your own children.
I revised my book, title 14362478, after flattening the .pdf file with PDFill PDF Tools. After the upload was complete, the page changed to a bland sheet. I waited 1/2 hour to see if some page would fill-in, so I could purchase copies of the book. Nothing happened and I am mystified about the problem. I tried to contact lulu through the FAQ pages, but the letter I wrote would not send. Now I am completely disturbed by my inability to contact lulu.
Not sure why almost every calendar here (and other sites) only offer or mostly offer Horizontal Calendars only. I realize here they do offer a 13x19 I believe, but I would like to see a calendar offered at say 8-8.5 x 10-11.5 So Height 10-11.5" by Width 8-8.5" Most of my pics are in the Vertical format.