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thehairymob
07-04-2010, 06:45 PM
Also it should be the right size or when you upload the file and is converted by Lulu, it will throw off all the formatting you have done.

ResearchGuy
07-04-2010, 08:16 PM
. . . Has anyone used them? What were the standards of print? . . ..
Yes, several times, with and without ISBNs. I've had thousands of books printed via Lulu (spread among a few titles), with few problems (a couple of doozies, but those were exceptions). See http://stores.lulu.com/kenumbach. The printing has been done by Lightning Source, to customary standards. (Note: I have a lot of experience formatting documents in Word, and it took me years to learn what I know.)

--Ken

ResearchGuy
07-23-2010, 07:14 PM
The July/August issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction (arrived in my mail box yesterday) has a nice review of a book published through Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/buddhas-thunderbolt-the-uncredulous-tale-of-the-wizard-merlin/6416229?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/1). F&SF is a top-of-the-line book review venue for fantasy. Kudos to the author.

The review says the price is $15.98, but it is currently $17.50 at Lulu.com for the printed edition, but with a $2.99 download option.

--Ken

ResearchGuy
08-09-2010, 08:27 PM
FYI, FWIW:



Self-publishing gets easier with online tools


By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com (apierleoni@sacbee.com)
Published: Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 - 12:00 am | Page 1D



You, too, can be an author.
In print and online, self-published authors have never had so many choices of where and how to place their memoirs, novels, cookbooks, essays and poetry.
Among those there to help them is Bob Young, (http://topics.sacbee.com/Bob+Young/) co-founder of the giant online publishing company Lulu. Young says "the new publishing model" will not be dependent on best-sellers the lifeblood of traditional publishing but on niche publications.




Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/08/09/2945533/self-publishing-gets-easier-with.html#ixzz0w7uMTsqu


--Ken

ResearchGuy
11-01-2011, 10:26 PM
Ok, I have wasted hours trying to set up a book on Lulu to have some ARCs printed. The process worked ok several months ago for some preview/editing copies, but now I am stymied at the cover design phase -- it keeps locking up in the old cover designer, and the newfangled ones are too ugly to be workable for me (and might or might not work anyway). Am I the only one running into this brick wall?

BTW, uploading PDF file that meets Lightning Source's specs (for interior) makes Lulu go off into the ozone -- happened every time, although a Lulu tech was able to boot it along to next step. (Futile, as I had to reupload on account of a couple of small edits. Ozone again after the file uploaded.) File done to less demanding standards (not the specific PDF option required by LS) did not cause the same problem (I could proceed to cover design).

Anyway, this is just too much of a time sink. I am wary of using Createspace for ARCs (looks like too much risk of the thing sneaking out into the public), and LS seems too expensive for ARCs (I'm concerned they'll charge the $30/copy proof price for all of them -- though I need to discuss that with them, I guess). Anyone have any suggestions of easy to use, non-extortionately priced POD printers that I can use for a small, private printing?

--Ken

James D. Macdonald
11-02-2011, 08:54 PM
I haven't done Lulu in a few months and it worked okay for me then. I may try again soon to see what's happening.

BTW, here are the sales stats for Atlanta Nights (http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/atlanta-nights/117402) which has been up at Lulu for a few years now:

http://www.sff.net/people/yog/Atlanta_nights_sales.jpg

ResearchGuy
11-03-2011, 02:12 AM
I managed a "good enough" job (for an ARC of which there will be only a few copies) with the new cover-design wizard. I liked the old one and was comfortable with it, but it appears just not to work anymore.

The real book will have a cover designed by a professional (everyone who has seen the draft version was floored), and will not be produced via Lulu, so this is just a stopgap convenience.

--Ken