I was looking into getting something that I have writtin made into a book and found lulu.com . I do not wish to sell my book to the public or anything (yet anyway) I just wish to have a complete copy of the book for other reasons. Is doing it through Lulu the way to go? Has anyone used it before?
I haven't myself, but I know some folk who have used Lulu. They do have a good rep and seems easy to work with. This man has self-published several books with them http://www.jonbatson.com/
and he also does set-up for folks at a reasonable fee.
Yes, in Lulu you can do that, I have done one for sale and am working on a second one. You can leave it in your account, as published. Just do not complete the set up process for price and plcement in the Book Store. Then order, pay for and print one copy; but... LuLu will not leave it there indefinitly, check the rules, They dump non sales, published accounts after a time limit. So keep your copies that you up-load as a PDF file saved. (Your Finished File) in case you go over the time limit and they trash it. Its a lot of work to have to do over.
Thanks, yeah I really only want one copy (at the moment anyway) as a gift and so far it seems the way to go. Unless there is an option to do this in a retail chain (somewhere in Australia anyway) that would eliminate things like shipping/postage which i hear can be quite expensive.
The Book maker wizard takes you through all the steps in Order, and you can go all the way to a finished Product, but stop there. Most folks do and get at least one or two copies first to see what the finished book will be like, and make edits etc... its a good Idea to do that before you Order any large amounts. They are very reasonable in Price.
If you stick to the Standard Covers, colors and formats its cheep. Remember to work out the Margn sizes and cut margins, and allow for them, when you pick your book size, they have templates to show you. be carefull with that, so the Print on each page is in center and looks good, and not running into the margins or bleeder areas, if it does, it gets cut off in print. They do not correct it for you, they just print cut fold and bind what you select and up load. so be carefull. You have to pick the print size, style all of it.
Lulu.com is a reputable company. I'm not sure if they're the cheapest way to print a single copy of your book, but they're completely upfront about their charges (unlike a lot of other self-publishing outfits) so you know where you stand.
I've used CreateSpace for a book of mine. Came out very well.
If you do decide to sell one day they are a lot cheaper and you get an ISBN.
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