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WARNING!! Once you publish your product and download, there will be a pop-up that literally makes you SUBSCRIBE before you can receive your download!!! WHAT?? This is NOT disclosed, or at least not openly or clearly when you sign up. Then... when you inquire about it, you will be COMPLETELY IGNORED and not responded to. I cancelled my account and went with Amazon KDP as there are NO upfront fees or subscriptions required to publish your ebook -AND- they contact you quickly. LuLu.com is simply HORRIBLE and obviously run by a bunch of inexperienced 'youngsters'!! ZERO stars is what they truly deserve from my view.
These people stole my work and kicked me off the website. I want to sue but don't know who to contact concerning this matter! How can someone take your hard work sell it on Amazon and their site and kick you off?
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I created a book and used Lulu to publish it after reading online reviews. To my surprise, they took my money and never provided me with any product. I paid for expedited shipping and received a tracking number that almost a month later still only shows that a label was created. I have reached out to their customer service department and have received automated emails and nothing more. I have had to request a refund through my credit card service because I cannot get a response from this company. Even though it is the customer that keeps them in business, they have no ethical moral compass to provide any service or support to the people that keep them operating. I would stay away from this company. They do not care about doing business with you, they just want your money and nothing more.
I used Lulu to publish my book. After several months and multiple updates, the final version was approved for sale to the public. When I visited Amazon, I discovered that somehow an early version had already been distributed by Lulu to third party seller websites. The interior content was correct, but the front and back book covers were from an early version and totally incorrect - wrong subtitle, pricing, and images. Lulu has been contacted multiple times to provide third party sellers with the correct front and back covers, but third party sellers are still using the old version of the front and back cover. This has been a disaster.
Attempted to sell a product on Lulu.com, with a list price of $25 CAD, which equals approximately $20 USD. I made a mistake in my pricing setup, where pricing was set to $25 CAD for Canadian buyers, however, was set to $15.82 USD for American buyers. Multiple people in Canada purchased the product, paid the full price of $25 CAD, however, I was only given the revenue share based on them paying $15.82 USD, even though they paid the full price of approximately $20 USD. Attempted to talk to Customer Service about the issue, was told too bad, my loss. Would never recommend this service to anyone looking to sell products.
I was their customer for more than 10 years, publishing lots of books from their platform. One day, I received this accusation from them: "It has come to our attention that your Content, may be in violation of the Lulu Membership Agreement." The word "may" means that there is a possibility but not certainty of an infringement. So, what exactly was my infringement? Lulu did NOT provide any details of what my alleged infringement was. Without any specific information except for a vague accusation, how am I supposed to address the issue?
Also, they terminated my ENTIRE account. I have many other books for sale in my account. Only one of them was accused of an infringement. But now, ALL MY BOOKS were pulled. I had to ask them for the details. Then they told me that it was a trademark infringement but didn't give me any more details. So, whose trademark had I infringed upon? How am I supposed to address that trademark infringement issue? I have to ask them yet again and finally, they told me whose trademark had I infringed upon. But my ENTIRE account remained terminated and they cited the membership agreement for this decision.
Lesson: if you publish through their platform and make an inadvertent infringement mistake, they will cut you off completely with just an accusation without providing any details. You wouldn't be given the information or the chance to rectify the issue. Nevermind, if you have been a long-time customer. Nevermind, if it is only one of your many books that has the problem. They will cut you off completely without any warning, information or chance. That's their policy according to their membership agreement.
They could have:- Gave me more specific information from the start so that I can address the infringement issue
- Pull out only the offending book instead of terminating my ENTIRE ACCOUNT.
There is no need to be so heavy-handed. AVOID Lulu Press if you are an author!
This is the only online source I've found where I can print just one copy of a book of love letters. I thought the website was easy to use, and it shipped very fast. The quality of the book is nice, the colored pictures are a little muted, but I got the book for the words, not the pictures. Very excited to give it to my husband!
Creating and publishing a book on this site is fairly easy, and the pricing is reasonable. HOWEVER, customer support is non-existent. There is no technical support for the site either, so if you have issues, you're on your own. Even the support form is automated, so you can't get help that way either. I won't be using the site again and I certainly won't recommend it to anyone. Sorry I used it in the first place.
Lulu had my sample books ready within 7 days. Any imperfections is on my end. Because I'm the one who provided the PDF. Their print quality is amazing! No hassle or anything! Better than Amazon or B&N.
Do not use Lulu publishing. I used them to publish my book, what a mistake. Once I published they now will not even return my calls. I was charged nearly $200. and they charged me twice for the same thing on the same day. I consider this theft. When I signed with them I was told how they would advertise my book. After almost 3 years I have not sold one book because they set the price way too high and there is no way I can get the price changed. Also, there are so many people I got passed to along the way. I have no idea who does what. Do yourself a solid and don't use Lulu publishing. There are other really good self publishing sites out there.
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