Lulu (company)

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Lulu Press Inc.
Genre Self-publishing
Founded 2002 (2002)
Founder Bob Young
Headquarters Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Products Books, eBooks, Photo Books, Calendars
Services print-on-demand and eBook publishing
Website Official website is an online print-on-demand, self-publishing and distribution platform. Since founding in 2002, they have printed over 1.1 million titles by authors in over 200 countries and territories.[1]

The company's CEO is Red Hat co-founder Bob Young[2] and their headquarters are in Raleigh, North Carolina


Lulu focuses on books, which it prints in various formats and sizes: in paperback or hardback, in black-and-white or in glossy full-color.

Lulu also publishes calendars and eBooks.

In late 2009, Lulu began selling eBooks that had already been published, with 200,000 selections from authors such as Dan Brown and Malcolm Gladwell, entering competition with and Barnes & Noble.[2]


Authors upload their files. Material is submitted in digital form for hard publication. They can then buy copies of their own book and/or make it available in the "Lulu Marketplace."

There is an additional process for books to be distributed beyond the website to outlets such as and Barnes & Noble.

Copyright of works uploaded and distributed via remains with the author.

Lulu Blooker Prize[edit]

The Lulu Blooker Prize was a literary award for "blooks" (books based on blogs). It was awarded in 2006 and 2007 and sponsored by An overall prize was awarded, based on the winners of three subsidiary categories: non-fiction, fiction and comics. The Lulu Blooker Prize was open to any blook that had been published "to date" (i.e., by the entry deadline).


The first competition saw 89 entries from over a dozen countries. A panel of three judges decided the winners: Cory Doctorow, Chair of Judges; Paul Jones; and Robin "Roblimo" Miller.


Runners up[edit]


The 2007 competition had 110 entries from 15 countries. The number of judges was increased to five: Paul Jones (chair), Arianna Huffington, Julie Powell (2006 overall winner), Rohit Gupta, and Nick Cohen.


Runners up[edit]


  1. ^ "Lulu fact sheet" (Press release). 2008-11-09. 
  2. ^ a b Wolf, Alan M. (2009-11-04). " adding thousands of e-books by traditional authors". News & Observer. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 

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