QUESTION

Can I upload a PDF of an already published book on LULU just to have it printed for myself?   Do I need any special permissions to do this?  

Comments

  • A_A_CainA_A_Cain Oz Creator
    Go to Lulu Xpress - that's Lulu's basic print service, which will do what you want.

    Lulu.com - this website - is the publishing and distribution side of Lulu, which is both printing and publishing.
  • Ron MillerRon Miller Professor
    I presume you mean a book that you wrote?
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  • MaggieMaggie Creator
    You can use, as AA Cain suggested, lulu xpress, to print material that is in the public domain or that you have created or to which you own the copyright.
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  • Skoob_ymSkoob_ym Teacher
    Let me say boldly what Ron and Maggie have said gently:

    Do NOT violate copyrights. If you do not own the rights, and if the book is NOT in the public domain, then no, making a print copy from a PDF is absolutely illegal and can get you sued.

    If it's a book that is in the public domain, then there's no problem with that.

    If it's a book that's out of print and not in the public domain, then write the publisher and get permission to remake one copy. You can probably get permission, though there may be a small fee.

    If it's in print and under copyright, just look it up in an online book retailer and buy it.
  • edited June 4
    Skoob_ym said:
    Let me say boldly what Ron and Maggie have said gently:

    Do NOT violate copyrights. If you do not own the rights, and if the book is NOT in the public domain, then no, making a print copy from a PDF is absolutely illegal and can get you sued.

    If it's a book that is in the public domain, then there's no problem with that.

    If it's a book that's out of print and not in the public domain, then write the publisher and get permission to remake one copy. You can probably get permission, though there may be a small fee.

    If it's in print and under copyright, just look it up in an online book retailer and buy it.
    Just to reiterate what Skoob_ym said, when you place an order, you agree to our terms and conditions that you have the permission to print the content.

    Our printer can pull an order from production if they believe it violates copyright.

    For more information, please click here: http://www.lulu.com/about/legal#purchases

  • Ron MillerRon Miller Professor
    I should probably add that just because something might be available online with no credits attached doesn't necessarily mean it is in the public domain or is free to use. Be absolutely certain that the rights are clear when you reprint something.
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