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