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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 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.
I see for published eBooks which are sold on Lulu site there is a book details below each book, in these details the sizes of most books are expressed in terms of bytes. I thought Lulu should consider to put these sizes in terms of pages because some readers would like to know the size of books before they buy and unfortunately they can not interpret the size of a book in terms of bytes. This may cause them postpone buying the books. Poor Romance; Poor Adult.
I just proofed my first Lulu book.
I'm delighted by the print quality. However, it wasn't quite formatted as I had intended.
It was just a short saddle stitched booklet, ten interior pages with a front and back cover. So I anticipated it being 3 double sided pages stapled and folded. When it arrived I found that the page I had planned for the inside front cover was on the first facing page. This threw off the whole book, and resulted in two blank pages thrown in at the end.
Blank pages make me look like a goon, especially in so short a book! Blank pages are wasted real estate.
I would have been happy to drum up a few new pages of content if I could have been given some warning that my file was going to be edited.
I didn't see any notices about Lulu not printing on the inside cover. I'm hardly perfect so I probably just missed it.
If it does specify that somewhere maybe some more attention should be drawn to that? I can't be the only one caught off guard by that, right?
I would have liked to have seen some dialog that my file was going to get blank pages added to the back.
And I would have liked to have seen some heads up that the inside cover was going to be blank.
Thanks for your time.
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.