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26 January 2010 @ 05:07 pm
Print-on-demand vendor query  
I'm going to be making a physical book collecting the five blogs from the MDRS-88 crew. I'd like to use a print-on-demand vendor such as lulu.com, blurb.com, or booksurge.com where I can just upload a PDF and anyone who wants a copy can order it direct from the vendor. Because we are an international crew, it needs to be a vendor who can handle non-US currencies and international shipping. Any recommendations or anti-recommendations? Currently lulu.com is the front-runner.
threeoutsidethreeoutside on January 27th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
My friend Rob Hole has more experience with lulu.com than I and he says lulu.com would work well, plus then people could order either from lulu.com or amazon.com (but only in the US for the latter). Also, lulu.com is free to the author.

I made a collection of my published stories at lulu.com, and I am very happy with the quality of the book I got.
Bobyourbob on January 27th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm the above referenced friend. In order to get it listed on amazon, you do have to do the dance to get the isbn stuff correct, of course. Lulu explains it well. I've been very happy with them, though I have not used the other services or ordered from them.
Elf M. Sternbergelfs on January 27th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
I am extremely pleased with Lulu. The covers are nice and glossy, and they take very high-resolution PDFs for custom covers if you're so inclined. The binding is solid, industry-standard. And they honored my font requests, even when I requested something obscure like Centaur MT Standard, which I absolutely love for fantasy work.
M.K. Hobsonmkhobson on January 27th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
We looked into a couple different options for the print version of Diet Soap, and ultimately went with Lulu. Best price, best availability, and quite easy to use.
avalookau on January 27th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Another happy Lulu customer
I've published quite a few books on Lulu.com. If you don't use their distribution service (to get listed on Amazon), so there is no upfront cost. You can provide your own ISBN if you want to. They can do what you want with non-US currencies and international shipping. AFAIK, books for European purchasers are printed in Europe and shipped from there, while North American purchasers have books printed and shipped from USA. (Here in Australia, sometimes books come from one location and sometimes from the other.)
angharaanghara on January 27th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
My local bookshop, VIllage books in Bellingham, has an Espresso book binding machine and several options for setting it up there. I've seen some of the books, they look really good, and I'd be happy to act as intermediary if you like. Email me if you want details.
Twilight: WriterRosetwilight2000 on January 27th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
Though I've not worked with them, Donna Barr swears by lulu.com regularly :>
crazysoph: nouveaucrazy by replyhazycrazysoph on January 27th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
I just asked your question to dear_hubby, and he replied that a Dutch author/friend of his can report good experiences with lulu.com.

Crazy(and having been reading your short story collection, a Christmas pressie from dear_hubby - good stuff!!)Soph
barbhendee on January 27th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Hi David,

Have you asked Patrick Swenson at Fairwood Press if he'd be interested in publishing this for you?

He's doing a limited release of a book Jay wrote exploring his cancer experience.
Curtis C. Chensparckl on January 27th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
yet another vote for Lulu
I've used Lulu several times, and have been very happy with the results. You actually don't need an ISBN to get onto Amazon; without even asking us, Lulu submitted a book we'd created for a 2006 puzzle hunt. So that's listed at Amazon now, for no good reason. I attempted to use CreateSpace once, but their horrible UI made it impossible. Hope this helps, ~CKL