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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 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.
I tried to purchase a book from Lulu: https://www.lulu.com/shop/shipping-address.ep
I've entered Israel and my 78640 ZIP code.
After I press "Save and continue", I got this error: "Invalid zip or postal code given".
So it is entirely impossible to purchase a book from Israel!!
This is what I recently wrote LULU about:
Your policy states that several projects that I currently have within your service cannot be deleted, they can only be retired. I understand the policy and the intent of the policy. The policy was never intended to create an issue for someone who has used LULU in the past for personal projects.
I have multiple projects that were created prior to my full understanding of the LULU editing and revision process. As such, in order to clean up files and make the management of my LULU account easier, I want to delete these projects. But I cannot as these projects have had orders made against them.
The issue is this: I MADE THOSE ORDERS. In other words, the only person impacted by the deletion of these projects and the associated files is ME. Nobody else. None. Nada.
Now, I know the policy. I understand the policy. I understand the *intent* of the policy. What I am asking -- and have asked for in the past -- is in no way a violation of the *intent* of this policy. It may be in violation of the *word*, but the word is (you have to admit) flawed in regard to the *intent* of the policy. In fact, the *word* makes the idea of getting a test-print to check for flaws (e.g., page layout, paper size, etc.) impossible, as you would be forever locked into having to slog through those files forever once you made this test order.
So I ask -- beg -- you to please allow me to delete all of my retired projects, reduce the file counts in my account and better manage my LULU experience prior to my completion of the work I am doing now for my next LULU project.
I notice that customers are only able to leave reviews on the format of the book they bought (or on the format they happen to write the review for). Problem is that the same review doesn't appear on other formats of same book. Lulu says that it does not currently transfer reviews from one format to the next.
"Great book!" (Ebook)
Nothing (Print of same book).
Like Amazon, Lulu should transfer reviews of same book across ebook and print versions simultaneously. Otherwise, it only hurts potential sales.
Too many authors are not adding links to their books or images. This leads me to believe that there is a misleading quality about the way Shameless is structured.
I recommend it be changed so that it has one slot for information, no leading, no intro, no teaser, no read more --just one place where we add content. Maybe a special slot for a link and image with reminder text.
I would like to supply my own Calendar Page Pictures as well as the Calendar Calculations using my own Astrology Program to Calculate a differnt Calendar for every time zone. This suggestion has got to be the next step for your Calendars! Able to print anything on both sides of the Calendars, as well as leaving pages blank.
In the past I have requested that the Hits Counter Function be reinstated. Fellow authors have also requested this. It allows those published on Lulu to know how many potentional customers are viewing their books. As I recently published my eighty-first short story book I am greatly interested in knowing which books are receiving hits.
Right now there's no option to make a Stitch booklet/pamphlet without a Glossy Cover.
I believe imcluding Matte Cover (#100) would be a great addtion since may of this kind of publications does not fit within the "glossy" aesthetic.
I just want to suggest that Lulu should consider expanding the options for Digest format size (folded Letter size). It is a very common standard, and better proportioned than the A5, and it's used in many short publications.
A Stitch Bind, Digest format would be a great addition, in both color and B/W.
Seeing the explicit check box helps, but it could be expanded to better help the potential purchaser know what they're buying.
Perhaps if additional check boxes were added: Sex, Language, Violence, Humor.
Perhaps a check box for PG-13, PG-15, or 18+ as well. This is why I use the keywords "Adult Fiction".
Being able to nest a subgenre or two would also help.
The fact is some people will find "Dang it!" to be explicit and offensive, while others may see full frontal and a hooker cursing like a drunken pirate as no big deal.
Being able to give the potential buyer (and downstream distribution channels) a better idea of a book's content would help.
Explicit is a nice start.