ever hear of lulu.com

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  1. gwendymom profile image66
    gwendymomposted 15 years ago

    Has anyone heard of lulu.com?
    If they have what do you think about it?
    I came across it in an article in Entertainment weekly. I went to check it out and I am not sure what to think about it. If anyone has ever used this site or their services I would really appreciate your viewpoint of it.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image88
      Marisa Wrightposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I interviewed a couple of Lulu.com authors on my blog recently:


      As you'll see if you read the rest of the blog, I have serious reservations about the idea of self-publishing - but if you're going to self-publish, Lulu.com is one of the most honest players out there.

      1. Benson Yeung profile image66
        Benson Yeungposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        I'm keen to explore the possiblity of publishing kindle version books. The book-reader will be much talk-about in the coming few months. New owners are going to need loads more new kindle version books. Amazon.com forum has got full details of how to go about publishing kindle version books. It sounds pretty easy though.


      2. ilovehubbing profile image59
        ilovehubbingposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        www.createspace.com is cheaper and seems to offer the same services if you want a physical book or try Amazon Kindle™ to create an ebook. I have not used either myself.
        What are your reservations with self publishing?

        1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
          Patty Inglish, MSposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          I can't answer for others, but as a book reviewer, I find that come self-publishing companies have sent me high percentages of poorly written work. This includes large amounts of incorrect grammar that is not meant to indicate a regional or ethnic dialect, many mispellings, poor thought organization and layout, incorrect historical, medcial, and psychological information, and other probrlems. The BOOKSURGE system is one of the better ones I've found so far in my work.

          1. Ben Zoltak profile image80
            Ben Zoltakposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks for this Patty.

            I am considering creating a book of all of my oil paintings, poems and maybe a few other things. My first inclination was createspace or kindle on Amazon, I will check out booksurge to see what they are about.


            Ben Zoltak

            1. Ben Zoltak profile image80
              Ben Zoltakposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              oops, looks like booksurge is now createspace, I wonder if you still advocate createspace

      3. Aya Katz profile image82
        Aya Katzposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Marisa,I tried to follow your URL but got a dead end.

        What are your serious reservations about self-publishing?

        1. skyfire profile image79
          skyfireposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          @Aya Katz,

          Here is the new link:


          (Today.com blogs are moved to blogdog.com. )

          1. Aya Katz profile image82
            Aya Katzposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks, Skyfire!

    2. profile image0
      SirDentposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I am on lulu.com. I don't have much there but it seems to be a great place to sell your writing. E-books are probably the best sellers there. I have a song that I wrote and had recorded uploaded there and it is downloadable for free. I also have a few poems for sell there, but haven't sold any. Of course, I haven't tried to advertise.

      If you want, I can give you a link to download my song.

      1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
        Patty Inglish, MSposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        I think that would be nice. Also, to know how many Hubbers are on lulu.

  2. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 15 years ago

    I made a Hub request about it ages ago and no answers. So I still don't know. smile

  3. Shirley Anderson profile image71
    Shirley Andersonposted 15 years ago

    I've heard about for them for self-publishing of ebooks, I think.  Don't know anyone who has used them, though.

  4. gwendymom profile image66
    gwendymomposted 15 years ago

    Thanks for answering guys. Marisa I will go read your hub. I was really just curious about it and wondered if anyone here has used it and with what results.

  5. kbdunn profile image60
    kbdunnposted 15 years ago

    never heard of lulu but sounds interesting. thanks for the hub.

  6. Misha profile image62
    Mishaposted 15 years ago

    A good place to get backlink from smile

  7. Shirley Anderson profile image71
    Shirley Andersonposted 15 years ago

    I have always had an aversion to self-publishing, for some reason or other.  If I write a book, I want a professional publisher to handle it for me, including the sales, marketing and promotion.  I know that some people don't mind doing that for themselves, but I'd rather having someone with experience doing it.

    1. LondonGirl profile image81
      LondonGirlposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I agree - I've only been involved in two books, (co-authors, both legal practioners' books) and I wouldn't want to self-publish.

  8. profile image0
    SirDentposted 15 years ago

    http://www.lulu.com/content/2254636 is the song download page.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Jesus-Is is the hub where the words are published.

  9. Elena. profile image84
    Elena.posted 15 years ago

    I can only speak about lulu.com as a customer --- I see two advantages to it:

    1. Plenty of ebooks at great price
    2. Plenty of "indie" authors that are great but not easy to find elsewhere (more mainstream)

  10. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    This might sound a little regressive (but it's not) but I'm not so sure about this Kindle thing and books... 

    Books are an age old beautiful art form and so perfect a one, I'd hate to see them go, sad.  I actually learned how to bind books in art school and found out large libraries actually employ people to care for books like that.

    Let 'em take newspapers!  Not books.

    Self publishing may be a good option for some--depends on your goal.  Nothing validates an author like a traditional print publication first, I think, though.  I believe there are also self-publishers out there that publish print, as well.

    1. Shirley Anderson profile image71
      Shirley Andersonposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you Lita, about books. 

      Think I would cry if they became defunct.  My books are my pride and joy, I love the look, smell and feel of them.  Nothing beats curling up with a good one.

  11. Elena. profile image84
    Elena.posted 15 years ago

    Well, I agree with you two, Lita and Shirley, nothing quite replaces the feel of a book in one's hands, I love mine vdearly, but ebooks do have some advantages: saving space if one doesn't have too much of it, and saving money... that may be of special interest nowadays.  Oh well, as a customer I find lulu.com user-friendly and well serviced with a good variety of authors.

  12. Patty Inglish, MS profile image90
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 15 years ago


    http://www.salon.com/comics/opus/2007/1 … /story.jpg
    for the whole strip - can't get it all on here.

  13. Denise Handlon profile image86
    Denise Handlonposted 13 years ago

    I have heard of Lulu.com and there are writers here who have published through that co.

    1. psycheskinner profile image84
      psycheskinnerposted 13 years ago

      Lulu creates books, it is okay to get a few copies in hand.  The system is a bit clunky and the products a bit expensive, but it is easy to use and cheap.  A good option for a boutique product with a niche audience.


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