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Lulu review

 

Around since 2002, Lulu is a one stop shop for self publishers. From the Lulu platform, authors and publishers can create hard and softcover books for delivery and also for distribution on online bookstores such as Amazon.com. You can also publish an ebook for delivery on iBookstore, Barnes & Noble (nook) and elsewhere.

If you choose to create a physical book, Lulu can assign an ISBN (or you can use your own). An ISBN number is needed to sell you books. Creating your book is pretty standard fare. You pick a book size, pick a binding, upload your files and publish.

 


THE GOOD /

  • Pro service available
  • Lots of support & training

THE BAD /

  • None that stood out enough to mention


 

Book cost varies depending on size, hard or soft cover, how many pages, and how many units. For these reviews we look at paperback with 200 pages and 100 copies. At Lulu, a Trade Paperback (6×9) will run you $6.98/ea.

As an author, you retain all rights to your book. Revisions are easy to do, but once your book has been approved for distribution, you are limited in what you can change.

 

7.8 Total Score
The Bottomline

Lulu offers you the expertise, independence and flexibility to create, buy and share what you love with the world. They are passionate about providing a remarkable experience for you to tell stories, share knowledge and fulfill your creative potential.

Site Interface
7.5
Features
7.5
Support
8.5
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Lulu at a Glance

http://www.lulu.com
Raleigh, North Carolina Founded 2002
Lulu where are you…?!

An Open Publishing Platform

Lulu offers a lot of support – everything from FAQs to Knowledgebase to tutorials. Their goal is to get you through the self publishing process painlessly.  For those wanting a handheld approach and personal service (including designing your cover, layout etc) Lulu offers a Pro service. Pricing for personalized services start at $999 for B&W books and goes up from there.

Given that costs are competitive with other publishers and the fact that you can distribute widely from the Lulu platform, I recommend checking out Lulu.com.

 

 

Company Overview

Editor’s note: Parts of this information was taken directly from the company’s page

Lulu offers you the expertise, independence and flexibility to create, buy and share what you love with the world. They are passionate about providing a remarkable experience for you to tell stories, share knowledge and fulfill your creative potential.

Lulu.com was founded after Bob Young had an unsatisfying traditional publishing experience with his book Under the Radar, which was based on his success as the co-founder of Red Hat (NYSE: RHT). Bob was determined to establish a more effective and profitable route to publishing. This remains a core tenet of Lulu.com’s mission — making content creation and consumption a simpler and more rewarding experience for people around the world.

 

 

 

Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, Lulu.com has empowered creators in more than 225 countries and territories to produce nearly two million publications. Lulu.com is available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Dutch.

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Specifications
Contract: No
Author Rights: Stay with Author
Book Pricing: 200 page 6×9 trade paperback 100 copies $6.98
Retail Pricing: You set
Delivery Platform: Physical, Amazon.com, iBookstore, B&N (nook)
Distribution Assistance: Yes
Ease of Use: Easy

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