|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 nearly two million titles by authors in over 225 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.
In January 2014, Lulu announced that it had acquired Durham-based sports photography company Replay Photos. Replay Photos sells licensed images of collegiate and professional sports teams as photographic prints, custom framed photos, photos on canvas and wall art.
In 2014, Lulu launched Lulu Jr., which enables children to become published authors. Lulu Jr. products include My Awesome Book, My Comic Book, IlluStory, and IlluStory Junior. These book-making kits include materials that allow children to create their own books, such as blank story pages and markers. Finished stories and artwork can be submitted digitally or mailed to Lulu Jr. to be printed as a hardcover or a softcover book. In November 2014, Lulu announced a partnership with Crayola to produce new book-making kits.
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) by any publisher.
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)
- Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (fiction)
- Totally Boned: A Joe and Monkey Collection by Zach Miller (comics, self-published through Lulu.com)
- Biodiesel Power by Lyle Estill (runner up, non-fiction, see biodiesel)
- Hackoff.com: An Historic Murder Mystery Set in the Internet Bubble and Rubble by Tom Evslin (runner up, fiction)
- Dinosaur Comics: Huge Eyes, Beaks, Intelligence, and Ambition by Ryan North (runner up, comics)
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)
- "Lulu Enters Exclusive Licensing and Distribution Agreement With Easy Student Publishing for Kids' Creativity and Book-Making Products" (Press release).
- Wolf, Alan M. (2009-11-04). "Lulu.com adding thousands of e-books by traditional authors". News & Observer. Retrieved 4 November 2009.