Lulu (company)

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Lulu Press Inc.
Private
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

Lulu Press, Inc. 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.[1]

The company's founder is Red Hat co-founder Bob Young[2] and their headquarters are in Raleigh, North Carolina. Notably on July 12, 2015, Michael Mandiberg completed his 36 volume index art project Print Wikipedia and the 7,600 Wikipedia database has been uploaded to Lulu.com and available for printout.

Products[edit]

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

In 2009, Lulu.com began publishing eBooks. Lulu.com also publishes calendars and photobooks.

Process[edit]

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 Bookstore."

There is an additional process for books to be distributed beyond the website to outlets such as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Apple's iBookstore.

The author of a title receives an 80% royalty for print books and a 90% royalty for eBooks when sold.[3] Copyright of works uploaded and distributed via Lulu.com remains with the author.

Replay Photos[edit]

In January 2014, Lulu announced that it had acquired Durham-based sports photography company Replay Photos.[4] Replay Photos sells licensed images of collegiate and professional sports teams as photographic prints, custom framed photos, photos on canvas, and original wall art.[5]

Lulu Jr.[edit]

In 2014, Lulu launched Lulu Jr., which enables children to become published authors.[6] Lulu Jr. products include My Awesome Book, My Comic Book, IlluStory, and IlluStory Junior.[7] 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.[8]

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 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.

2006[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Runners up[edit]

  • 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)

2007[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.

Winners[edit]

Runners up[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lulu Enters Exclusive Licensing and Distribution Agreement With Easy Student Publishing for Kids' Creativity and Book-Making Products" (Press release). 
  2. ^ Wolf, Alan M. (2009-11-04). "Lulu.com adding thousands of e-books by traditional authors". News & Observer. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "BiblioCrunch - Self Publishing Blog". BiblioCrunch - Self-Publishing Resouces. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lulu acquires Durham-based Replay Photos". newsobserver. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Replay Photos: Help / FAQs". ReplayPhotos.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lulu Launch Lulu Junior Website and Introduce Children’s Book-Making Kits". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lulu Jr". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lulu Jr.(TM) and Crayola Team Up to Make Children Published Authors". Yahoo Finance. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 

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