Offer multiple print grades/price points/distribution questions?
Hi there, can't find this after extensive searching.
There are 3 6x9 qualities. Costs are quite different for a b&w 300ish page book. I've seen on Amazon that some authors offer all three options. So questions are:
1. The fine print says premium and hardcover only are distributed through retail (does that mean brick and mortar or all channels online POD) ie, it will be offered through online retailers at lower quality but will not be in the "catalog" for booksellers. Otherwise, it seems the lower quality price is only useful for author purchases.
2. What quality is best for selling directly from the author (book signing, clubs, promotions, etc? Can I get away with the lowest cost or is it really a much lower quality? I would hate to give a bad impression to readers, but it's not a newsprint pocket book and some people prefer lighter weight books.
Obviously, printing and shipping costs go up for the premium book. I understand there are sometimes free shipping opportunities (see, I did my research!) and it makes sense to time premium purchases to that, but it's not always possible. Thus, I want to know people's direct experience with each quality.
3. Hardback is obviously very expensive, does it make sense to offer this at all for a self-published author. I suppose since it only costs the proof then I could. (except maybe my own special copy and one for mom ;-)?
4. Do I need separate ISBNs for each of these formats?
5. Do I upload separate interior and or exterior files for 6x9 book interior would be the same but cover dimensions would seemingly differ (spine) for each book quality (thereby increasing initial investment) and manage them separately on Lulu? (Therefore, changes in one book will require 3 separate file updates.
6. Does it make sense to/is it possible to upload one file to buy proofs of all three book print qualities and, therefore, check quality on my own? Do you recommend this?
7. Since books sold through Amazon and other stores use their own presses, will the quality of the Lulu book I purchase be commensurate with these other presses?
8. By the way, if I submit my own production files do I retain the rights (buying my own ISBN) (not copyright which I do retain, but production pdfs) I've read that CS owns the production files. (Not sure how big a deal this is, it matters for moving to a new POD, and any set-up costs to create new files if you've already invested in them I suppose.
Lots of questions but Lulu seems really lite on details (maybe it will become more obvious when I start a project, but I am still in the research phase for my POD. I appreciate your answers (in advance) and hope others find this useful.