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Status: New Idea!
by bonjotheclown on ‎03-13-2012 11:02

Two things I would like to see Lulu do

1 Distribute through Kobo

2 HAve some sort of hit counter in the Authors Spotlight so that we know how many times items have been viewed.


Coil bound book on "calendar paper"

Status: New Idea!
by Gnat58 on ‎03-01-2012 03:22

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.


I'm suggesting Lulu to partner up with Payoneer as many other companies have done. I sell things through another webstore which offers its sellers to get their payments directly onto their Payoneer card, which they can select as option in their settings. If they select Payoneer card as payment method, they will sign up through Payoneer and receive a pre-paid mastercard (of course empty first time received) and once a month the Payoneer mastercard is loaded with any funds earned. This is really great, and a perfect way to receive payments for people who don't have paypal, or for some reason can't take checks. It is also a great service with very low fees for using the card, you can pay with it anywhere that accepts mastercard both online and in the "real world". Personally I use it through Plimus ( http:/// ) but Payoneer got tons of partners that functions the same way for sellers using them. Payoneer cards can also be loaded directly from Payoneer's website ( ) which is an extra added bonus if one are selling other things that are not possible to sell through the partner one are using (such as plimus). I suggest this, and hope others will agree and vote for this excellent payment option!

gift cards

Status: New Idea!
by nnamrod on ‎02-13-2012 05:32

please adopt the gift card option in lulu to enhance the promotion of lulu books when sending review copies.


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.


Landscape books 10x8 or 11x8.5

Status: New Idea!
by chlange on ‎01-30-2012 04:06



am looking into publishing photo books in the 10x8 or even 11x8.5 landscape format and was surprised to see that you only offer 9x7 sizes, which is just to small.

So will have to look some place else. 


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.

Gift ebooks & Print Copies

Status: New Idea!
by revlarsmi on ‎01-13-2012 07:57


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 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


Status: New Idea!
by zpecha on ‎02-18-2015 01:56

Make the calendars completly custom.


Let us add our own borders that we have made rather than us having to edit on photoshop. 

thats basically the biggest thing, let it just be overall custom and i bet you will get more traffic on your site. 

A brillian idea about purchase tracking

Status: New Idea!
by porton on ‎02-16-2015 09:09

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.

E-book for IPad writers

Status: New Idea!
by yajamalu4u on ‎01-27-2015 06:24
I have my ebook in my. ipad. We need lulu to make a connection with it to allowing us to upload it to lulus web side and finish making the book. Is hard for me to understand the margins.

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.


Status: New Idea!
by gstevew on ‎01-09-2015 12:41

Cut out the preview, it takes too much time. I'd like to be able to do the complete layout, then preview it.

Display the fonts

Status: New Idea!
by gstevew on ‎01-08-2015 12:40

It would be great to get a preview of the fonts.

Reviewing page layout - facing pages

Status: New Idea!
by phillro on ‎12-24-2014 06:56

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.


What would be really helpful is if Lulu could have a review tool that shows the prospective book laid out, like the one shown in my third attached file "Layout view.png".  In the example shown here, one can check clearly that pages 12 and 13 are laid out left and right on facing pages (with a little graphical indication of the curve in the centre, at the binding).
One reason why a tool like this is helpful is that it gives you an immediate and confident image of how the facing pages relate to the opening of the cover of the book.  An Adobe view of just the text block cannot do this.  Even if you enabled side-by-side view in Adobe, that still does not show you where the first page lies relative to the cover (as the example from Lulu in "Screen shot 2014-12-23 at 12.58PM.png" illustrates painfully.
Can I offer as a suggestion for a little improvement in Lulu’s excellent service that you add a tool which supports a view like "Layout view.png".to facilitate review of layout?

Book sizes

Status: New Idea!
by alastair on ‎12-24-2014 06:22

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?


Spine lettering option

Status: New Idea!
by rhardesty on ‎12-13-2014 01:40

I would like to see you offer a serif font in addition to the present (ugly) sans serif. I would suggest Goudy Old Style, Garamond or Caslon. Shouldn't be that hard to do.

Offer print samples

Status: New Idea!
by mweintraub on ‎12-02-2014 10:33

I'm in charge of creating the yearly calendar for a local dog rescue group and I'm currently looking for a new publisher and would love to retreive a sample calendar(s) to see the print / paper quality of the Lulu calendars. 

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!!!

Lulu logo not on published books

Status: New Idea!
by dwdod on ‎11-25-2014 05:00

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.

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