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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
Greetings you awesome authors on Lulu.com.
My name is Megan Brock, a fellow author, my book is 13 O'Clock, and i have throughly enjoyed my adventure in writing and publishing. However, i know that unlike me, not all writers are artists when it comes to paint or creating a cover with photoshop. I am here with my skills to help all you inspiring writers with my talent for art to help you have a great looking cover to snag as many readers as possible.
Feel free to visit my website at: http://kiwicreatesforyou.wix.com/letscreatekiwi
to see some my desgins. I am also happy to create one of a kind business cards for you up and coming authors.
I hope to hear from you soon so we can start creating togeather!
I recently released my book Vinces Secret Locker which sells on LuLu for $60. At the moment, I received an option to branch out and have my book on various sites. I thought, well great. WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now Amazon and it's associates sell the book for that price, but my profit is $8. Yes, 8 on every book.
I am concerned about the physical copy of my books being scanned and illegally distributed. To reduce that risk, it would help if the book could be printed on copy-proof paper, which contains warnings in microscopic dots invisible to the naked eye, but visible to copier/ scanner. For example (http://www.copyproof.eu/) has some info.
The Revise page for a project lists just about everything - except the Edition information entered when the Project is created. Can this be added so that it can be corrected without having to go through the whole upload process all over again?
In My Projects, the Projects List menu has options for managing retired projects and searching. An option for a New Project or Create New Project would be convenient. Yes, there is the Create option in the big black banner, but that means pulling out of the Project mindset and focusing attention outside it. But it is good UI design to group related options, even if some of them are duplicated elsewhere.
Please add ePub as a supported source file format to your help page on EPUB Conversion: Supported File Types
and to The Complete eBook Creator Guide, LulueBookCreatorGuide_v1.4e%20PDF.pdf .
Also, please explain when a "marketing image" is a book cover and when isn't it. Your help suggests that the marketing image will be treated also as the book cover and you talk a lot about making a good cover, but when I download a draft ePub generated by your own converter from say a .doc file, there is no front cover present, depite the marketing image being present in the project. So please explain more clearly how to put the cover in the right place.
Please can the format-selection user interface tell us a lot sooner and a lot clearer which formats maye be published through which channels? I have just wasted about two months of publishing effort:
Having been told re. the Pocketbook format that you can publish this to the world and equally determinedly been told elsewhere that the world includes Ingram, I designed a book on that basis. On attempting to publish, I suddenly find that the small print, tucked away where no rational human will ever think to look it, forbids. That's around fifty quid in proof copies down the drain, not to mention the hours spent creating an unpublishable book.
I might not mind so much if this standard paperback format hadn't been a universal book size since Penguin first invented the things, typically outselling all other formats. But no, the fact that this universal Swiss Army Knife of cheap books cannot be published to bookshops through Lulu is hidden in the darkest recesses of the web designer's Friady afternoon. Please do something about this.
On April 24, 2011, Ken Anderson suggested: "It would be very helpful to have a Search and/or Sort facility for the address book.
At the moment when sending a book to an existing address one has to scroll through all the existing addresses."
Andy Trus from Lulu responded approximately seven months later on December 3, 2011: "Yes, Ken, we talked about this We recognize this is functionality that would be helpful to some of our power users. We'll consider adding this in the future."
Why did it take almost seven moths to respond? Adding insult to injury, Lulu recognized in 2011 that such a feature would be helpful, but has not added it. It has now been Five (5) years since Ken made the suggestion, and there is still no search or sort functionality in the address book. Please add it.
Using the addres book is tedious without a search and sort function. The address book offers a disincentive for book sellers to send out new books to established customers, because it is a tedious chore to find a given customer in the address book. Doesn't Lulu understand that translates into fewer book sales, which means lost income for Lulu? This is a business decision that affects Lulu's bottom line. It should be a no brainer.
I sold several hundred copies of my first book, but then when I published my sequel I was very disappointed to learn that Lulu had no system in place to notify my previous customers that a sequel was available. I think it is a huge missed opportunity for both Lulu and its authors without this system in place. Let's remedy this situation so all of us who write more than one book have a much higher chance of getting repeat customers. (I realize it's important for authors to keep mailing lists, but it would be much more effective for Lulu to email previous customers.) Thanks!
To publish an epub with Lulu the logical place to start might be to have an epub version of your book. The Lulu conversion engine accepts epubs, but it accepts them in much the same way that a grumpy London nightclub doorman accepts anyone not in a miniskirt. That engine is going to reject your epub countless times. Each time it will produce a list or errors to be addressed. Once you have corrected these it will reject you again and list errors that previously it was happy to accept. Two of the reasons for the rejection can be solved by two entries into your metafile. The correct format for those entries are not including in the conversion guide you are constantly urged to read. (I would include them here but I have dumped all the epub files I wasted a weekend making!)
I tried using Calibre and Sigil. I did eventually manage to get a epub file accepted. To do this I had to create a file with an empty Table of Contents. The Lulu engine then created an epub without a table of contents, which was therefore unacceptable according to the distribution requirements. If you download the accepted epub to correct it or try something different ...whole new set of errors that the engine will no longer accept.
Lesson hard learned: Do not submit in epub!
So, I backtracked and tried creating a new version of my book in Word doc format.
- I made sure every image was centred and “inline with text”.
- I converted all the images to jpgs of 500px longest side and 150dpi resolution. The batch processing feature of Infranview is useful for this.
- I made sure than headings did not jump more than one level at a time. Outline view in Word is handy for this.
- I adjusted the autoformat and autocorrect settings as the guide told me.
- I set review>track changes to off.
- I set version to “final” before saving.
...and I tried again. The document uploads successfully.
The 84 page, 720kb Word doc then took more than 24hrs to process. In this time I got “brush off” emails from the Support service saying “read the guide”. Attempts to mail them back all bounce, despite following the instructions to include the reference number in the subject line etc.
Finally processing is over. Document rejected for “unknown reasons”
Blood pressure at dangerous levels, I try making an RTF version of the doc and uploading that. Takes longer than the doc to load up, but it actually processes!
Lesson Two, hard learned: Submit in RTF, not epub or doc as suggested.
Final tip: Replace tabs with first line indent for paragraphs.