Lulu Print-on-Demand – How It Works. Why It’s Great.

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In 2002 Lulu made publishing available to everyone through the use of print-on-demand technology. Our free, online tools allow authors to publish and distribute their work to online bookstores around the world. There are no upfront costs for publishing, other than the purchase and approval of a proof copy, there are no inventory costs, and authors earn profits on every book sold.

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When you place an order in the Lulu bookstore, we send the book’s digital file to an approved printer in our global network. Whenever possible, we choose a printer located closest to the book’s final shipping destination where it will be printed in 1-3 business days and ship directly from the printer – hot off the press. When your books ship, you will receive an email with shipping and tracking information.

Why does it matter?

Lulu’s printondemand production model eliminates the need to maintain a huge inventory of books. It also reduces the waste associated with traditional publishing in which approximately 40% off all printed books are returned to publishers for pulping. In 2009, an estimated 77 million unsold books were pulped in the UK alone*.
If one 10-inch (25 cm) diameter tree yields 30 books of 200 pages in length**, then in one year 2.5 million trees were turned into books no one in the UK wanted. This number is just for one country. Imagine the number of trees saved each year if all books were printed using Lulu’s print-on-demand business model.

10 thoughts on “Lulu Print-on-Demand – How It Works. Why It’s Great.”

  1. Sir,
    I have just completed my book entitled, “It’s A Matter of Survival!” It took me yrs to write my book of interesting life stories and Christian testimonies.
    Can we work together to get my book published? If you will give me your e-mail to send my manuscript, I will send them to your for your review.
    Sincerely, Paul K. Hang
    Also author of “Blessings by the Dozen” as seen on http://www.Amazon.com

  2. Hello Paul
    Lulu is a self publishing company, which means it is not necessary for you to send us your manuscript. You can upload and publish it without our assistance.
    Go to http://www.lulu.com/learn for a tutorial on getting started and other helpful information.
    We wish you the best of luck.

  3. Help. I am trying to create my ebooks to hardcover books, how do I do that. I have 4 books please help.
    Thanks.

  4. @Brian
    There is no way to upload an EPUB file and convert it to a print book file. You will need to convert the files to PDF or DOC format – in the same size as the book you intend to publish (6×9, 8.5×11, etc.

  5. Can we cut and paste our material into our books? Can Lu Lu copy all my material in my website, that which is under lahunken in http://yahoogroups.com/group/EnergyandInformation/ ? There is a whole book there for my book “Profanation of the Sacred Mysteries”. Here is an example:
    Have you ever wondered why it is said that those who haven’t been baptized go to “limbo” after they die, while those who have been baptized are either saved or go to Hell?
    Coincidently, the Cathars invented their sacrament of unbaptism as a solution for this problem, and thereby were the target of the first crusade, the Albegensian Crusade, that attempted to exterminate all who knew this secret. More about this later.
    The original baptism was an ordeal akin to waterboarding. Waterboarding has been used to replace LSD for the Clockwork Orange treatment, just as sure as Dr. Stanislav Grof’s Holotropic Breathing replaced LSD therapy. But, waterboarding is a more direct vagal stimulation by directly stimulating the root of the vagus nerve as it emerges from the brain in the nasopharynx. It is a fact that vagal stimulation is as effective as LSD.
    Why is it said that the baptized are immortal? Those given the original waterboarding kind of baptism experienced that they were immortal.
    LSD wakes up the brain by blocking seratonin the neurotransmitter of the inhibitory neurons that ordinarily keeps the brain down to 10% brain use. The MRI shows that, though areas of light move around as various regions of the brain are used, normally, the total sum of the area of these areas of light is not more than 10% brain use.
    Vagal stimulation works by this parasympathetic, also called muscarinic after the psychedelic drug muscarine, stimulation spreading up through the brain, thereby overriding the inhibitory neurons, awakening more than the normal 10% brain use.
    The psychiatric term for more than 10% brain use is psychosis. Real schizophrenia is more than 10% brain use caused by the gene DISC1 causing more linkage between the brain’s neurons by the growth of more axons and dendrites than normal.
    From 10% to 19% brain use there is a euphoria called perinatal matrix one. From 20% to 49% brain use there is an awesome perception of our larger universe, also known as “the knowledge of good and evil”, called perinatal matrix two. From 50% to 100% brain use is perinatal matrix three, where the tremendous mind powers of perinatal matrix two have grown to such proportions as to be uncontrolable, and all Hell breaks loose.
    As percentage of brain use increases the mind becomes more and more powerful to manifest its imagination. From 30% to 39% brain use all that is written will become the writer’s reality. From 40% to 49% brain use all that is spoken will become the speaker’s reality. But, from 50% to 100% brain use every thought manifests as the thinker’s reality.
    Soon the thinker wishes he were someone else, and “zap” he finds himself in the body of that someone else, but most probably with a brain with only 10% brain use. But, it not being his body, when that body sleeps or dies, it’s off to another body, and on, and on, body switching backward and forward in time, for about a hundred years duration, called in the Bible the “aioniu amartematos”, aeon of failure.
    With this experience the ancient baptized figured that they were immortal, thus, the baptized couldn’t “go to Limbo” which was secretly identical with the Eastern “Nirvana”, nonexistence, but were immortal to suffer on “forever” if a conspicuous heaven wasn’t granted.
    Crucifixion, by forcing holotropic breathing, also causes enough vagal stimulation to put its victims in perinatal matrix three; thus, Jesus Christ, being God the Son, body switched backward and forward in time into everyone who ever was, is, or will be, and therefore He is in you an I right now and always.
    Advanced yogins used a technique of accute vagal stimulation by putting their tongues up behind their noses. In order to do this they have to cut the tissue that holds their tongues down, and sometimes also stretch their tongues. This technique is called the “khechari mudra”, that is, the “fig gesture”.
    When such a yogin puts his tongue up behind his nose he goes into suspended animation by vagal syncope. Such yogins have been known to have been buried in the sands of the Ganges and resurrected two weeks later. This shows that enough vagal stimulation can be followed up by resurrection, if there is not too much brain death, and, this suspended animation preserves from brain death. There is no real death without enough brain death.
    The Clerics of Azagthoth, among others, extensively use vagal stimulation, for the “magical power” of perinatal matrix two. The only secrets such true Black Left Hand Path orders like the Clerics of Azagthoth keep are names and places. In fact they want the world to know about all such suppressed knowledge.
    The Clerics of Azagthoth have ten degrees corresponding to the Hebrew Sephiroth, Malcuth, the first degree and tenth house, to Kether, the tenth degree and first house. But, this scheme is through three major stages: the Purple Counts, the Blue Rangers, and, finally and understandably, the Green Barons, called today “zombies”.
    The Cathar sacrament of unbaptism is also vagal stimulation, but, only to perinatal matrix two, “the knowledge of good and evil”. It was figured that the “original sin” committed by Adam and Eve was that Adam and Eve caused each other enough vagal stimulation, by the “apple”, to have “the knowledge of good and evil” of perinatal matrix two.
    And, since the sacrament of baptism is said to be the remedy for the “original sin”, but renders the baptized subject to heaven or Hell, rather than the “limbo” of the unbaptized, recommit the “original sin” to give up heaven to avoid Hell, and go to “limbo”, nonexistence, like, supposedly, the animals do.

  6. @Miguel Lulu is a self–publishing site that provides free tools for do-it-yourself authors to publish. At this time, we have no tools to transfer and format web content.

  7. Hello,
    I am a self-published author with LULU.com and I recently noticed that one of my books, “The Spirit in You” is being advertised through LULU via emails sites, etc. What qualifies a book to be advertised by LULU? Is it because LULU deems it a good book? Please let me know because I have another book through LULU.com called, “Taking Control of Your Life…” Thank you.

  8. Hello,
    I already have a book titled “Butterfly kisses N Spunky Business, that was published here in my country, Malaysia. But no marketing was done. The url address is above. How can I market it worldwide? I also have 3 other manuscripts for publishing. Please give me some advice on the next steps to take.
    thank you
    Margaret Rose Francis

  9. @Tunishai – the campaign you are referring to displays ads for books on other websites and social media outlets that you have looked at on Lulu.com, but not yet purchased – or books similar to previously purchased books.

  10. @Margaret_Rose have a look at the Marketing category in this blog. It is filled with articles and suggestions for marketing your book. Also, you may want to post this question in the Lulu community forums. There are many self-published authors there who can give you advice.

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