Lulu Press, Inc., doing business as Lulu.com, is an online print-on-demand, self-publishing, and distribution platform. Between its foundation in 2002 and early 2014, it produced approximately two million titles.
The company's founder and CEO is Red Hat co-founder Bob Young. Lulu's headquarters are in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Lulu.com produces books in print and digital form. Printed books are available in several formats and sizes including paperback, coil bound, and hardcover. Books can be printed in black and white or full color.
In 2009, Lulu.com began publishing and distributing eBooks. Lulu.com also prints and publishes calendars and photobooks.
Authors upload their files. Material is submitted in digital form for publication. Authors can then buy copies of their own book and/or make it available for purchase in the "Lulu Bookstore".
By applying for a free ISBN and meeting distribution requirements, books can also be distributed to online retail 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. Copyright of works uploaded and distributed via Lulu.com remains with the author.
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 original 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 such as Story By Me, Story By Me Hardcover, and Comic By Me.
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)
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