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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
Earlier I have suggested that Lulu should track conversion rate for AdWords and other PPC networks.
The ideal solution would be to allow to redirect to an authors's own Web site after purchase. So every (technical enough) author could be able to make conversion tracking by himsels for any PPC and other networks he wants. But I realize that Lulu may not want to redirect to the author's site.
Now I have a brilliant idea how to do his without redirecting to user's site.
In product properties allow to enter a URL.On the Lulu's "thank you" page add a 1x1 iframe refering to this URL.
An author (like me) may put any conversion tracking code on his site and give Lulu this URL (to be put inside an 1x1 iframe).
Please implement it as soon as possible. This may change entire self-publishing ad industry. It may help me for example to double my sales.
Having the Delete Author Spotlight right under the Author Spotlight link is a little dangerous. Sometimes I click on it in error when I am attempting to click on the Author Spotlight. It should be a little harder to locate.
For many books, considerations in the design of the book includes the desire to make certain pages face each other - the look of the "page opening" is important. The attached file "Contents pages.png" shows one example where two pages are designed to be facing each other.
Lulu does not provide effective tools to check that this sort of layout is correctly aligned. The single page view in Adobe is not helpful. The second attached file "Screen shot 2014-12-23 at 12.58PM.png" shows the lengths to which Lulu's Help Desk had to go to specially annotate this view in order to check layout.
I produce colour guides for visitors to our city and cathedral.
So they need to be a handy size, either Royal or A5, in colour. Since they are about 30 odd pages, saddle bound is ideal, but that's not important.
But since the size rationalisation, Colour A5/Royal doesn't seem possible with 30pp. Only letter or square. That's very restrictive.
Could you please make these size booklets possible again?
I had published quite a few books and friends are asking me to help them publish their books. If Lulu has a option for publisher and also author. Then I could set the percentage to be paid the author directly and I get my share as the publisher. Perhaps that way, more publisher can publish book on lulu and book designer can become book publisher. That will be revolutionary!!!
I am told Lulu no longer offers the option to have the Lulu logo on published books. I don't think that is a good decision either for Lulu or for authors. Personally, I was hoping to have a Lulu logo on my books so that people who see my books would know where to go to buy them. I hope Lulu reverses this decision.