|Headquarters||Raleigh, North Carolina, United States|
|Products||Books, eBooks, Photo Books, Calendars|
|Services||print-on-demand and eBook publishing|
Lulu.com 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.
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 Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Copyright of works uploaded and distributed via Lulu.com remains with the author.
Lulu Blooker Prize
The Lulu Blooker Prize was a literary award for "blooks" (books based on blogs). It was awarded in 2006 and 2007 and sponsored by Lulu.com. 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.
- Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell (main prize, non-fiction, source blog)
- Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (fiction, source blog)
- Totally Boned: A Joe and Monkey Collection by Zach Miller (comics, self-published through Lulu.com, source blog)
- Biodiesel Power by Lyle Estill (runner up, non-fiction, see biodiesel, source blog)
- Hackoff.com: An Historic Murder Mystery Set in the Internet Bubble and Rubble by Tom Evslin (runner up, fiction, source blog)
- Dinosaur Comics: Huge Eyes, Beaks, Intelligence, and Ambition by Ryan North (runner up, comics, source blog)
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.
- My War: Killing Time in Iraq by Colby Buzzell (Overall Winner and Non-Fiction Winner)
- The Doorbells of Florence by Andrew Losowsky (Fiction Winner)
- Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies (Comics Winner)
- My Secret: A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren (Non-Fiction)
- Island: A Zombie Novel by David Wellington (Fiction)
- Official website
- Interview with Bob Young about Lulu on This Week in Tech
- Blooker Prize website
- Lulu Blooker Prize blog
- "Lulu fact sheet" (Press release). 2008-11-09.
- Wolf, Alan M. (2009-11-04). "Lulu.com adding thousands of e-books by traditional authors". News & Observer. Retrieved 4 November 2009.