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Subject: Anyone Use Lulu?
Date Posted: 4/6/2008 8:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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Does anybody use www.lulu.com and does it work well for them???

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 10:32 PM ET
Member Since: 2/1/2008
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Not yet but thanks for posting this. I had stumbled upon their website a few years ago and couldn't remember the name recently. I searched and found several other self-publishers but none seemed to offer the quality or price that lulu has. Anyway, glad you put the name out there. Let us know if you use them and what you thought and I'll do the same.

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 6:37 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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I personally have not used Lulu but I do know several people that have bought books and published books through them. All are happy and the quality is quite good. Just depends on what you are looking to do, make sure to read all the fine print and it is always smart to order a few copies before you publish them and check out how the book will look.

Only those that are trying to make bucket loads of money seem to complain about Lulu.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 9:03 AM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2008
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I buy text books published by my online school from lulu and they are bound and packaged great!  I've had only wonderful experiences as a buyer from them!

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 12:43 PM ET
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I have published a book at Lulu's  "Spanish Through Bilingual Stories."  I requested a personal copy because I saw some people complaining about printing but my book and all the copies I have ordered look beautiful and as submitted.  Lulu is fantastic for printing and probably the most inexpensive company for this kind of publishing.  Cafepress also has the same deals but at a higher price. I have heard from a few of my customers and they seem to be happy with the book.

The only problem with Lulu is the marketing part; unless you do the work yourself , sales go very slowly. In short, all depends on what you are looking for.  The forum has postings from people who have used several marketing strategies that work for them.

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I was just looking this over and I noticed something odd, unless I'm doing it wrong. The cost of production per book seems to be higher than the average cost of a book in a bookstore. So how do you sell your book in the open market without gouging people when you've already paid more than market value just to have it printed?

Am I looking at this wrong?