Coil Binding and Amazon Distribution


I'm a publisher who currently uses Lightning Source, but since Lightning doesn't offer coil binding, I've been looking for a print-on-demand service that does. It appears that Lulu does offer coil binding and distribution to Amazon. I've been considering publishing a cookbook, so I want it to have coil binding. I've found many print services that offer coil binding, but none seem to offer distribution to Amazon the way Lulu does.

If I publish it through Lulu, will Lulu take care of listing it on Amazon and distributing it to them?

Thank you,

Brandon Simpson


  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    Without looking at Lulu's 'lists', I do not think that Lulu give ISBNs to coilbound books and therefore they will not be placed on to Amazon.

    You can sell them via your own Storefront on Lulu, and of course buy them yourself (at cost when logged in) to do with as you wish.

  • At this time, Amazon does not print coil bound formats.  Hence the reason we do not provide ISBNs for books in this format.

  • If I provided my own ISBN, can Lulu print the coil bound books and distribute them to Amazon?

  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    No, it's not a matter of the ISBN, it's just a fact of BOD/POD as laid down by Lulu and Amazon.


  • Hello Smalltownpress

    It is not a matter of having an ISBN or not (as Kevin pointed out). The issue is that when someone purchases a Print on Demand book from the Amazon site, the book is printed on Amazon's presses, which at this time do not support coil bound book formats. If their presses can't print the POD book, Amazon won't sell it. 

    You could purchase an ISBN and assign it your book. Then either purchase a bulk quantity of books from Lulu and offer them for sale on other sites - meaning you would package and ship the books to the buyers or track sales and place orders directly on Lulu for shipment to buyers.

    I hope this answers your question.

  • I know this is a very old thread.  But as a follow-up question to the final post:


    Does this mean it is acceptable for me to purchase an ISBN for my coil bound book, offer the book for sale on, and then personally enter my sales on my site and have Lulu then print and mail the purchased book for me?




  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius

    Possibly, but it's very long winded and extra cost. But if you are personally only selling on Amazon I doubt you need an ISBN.



  • Thanks Kevin.  I have read more about ISBNs and I agree that I don't think i need one.  My book is a coil bound, twice a year service book for churches (a prayer type thing).  The reason I'm wondering is that I don't like the Lulu store interface and I think people feel safer buying from some place like Amazon.


    It makes sense to me to sell through Amazon and use Lulu as my printer and distribution center.


    Thanks again,


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