Lulu Launch Lulu Junior Website and Introduce Children’s Book-Making Kits

DIY self-publishing platform Lulu has launched a new brand aimed at children’s books and activity kits. will focus on books for young children, book-making kits and custom wall art. The launch follows on the foot of news late last month when Lulu agreed exclusive licensing agreements with Easy Student Publishing which will allow Lulu become the […]

Lulu Partner with BookLamp to Launch Helix Data Analysis Service at BEA

DIY self-publishing platform Lulu will use this week’s Book Expo America trade show to formally announce details of a new book data analysis engine (Helix) that will allow its authors extract statistical data on genres and themes from the content of their books. BookLamp originally developed their book data analysis engine several years ago with the intention that it would […]

Lulu Partner with Author Solutions to Offer Premium Marketing Services

It seems a week in the self-publishing world does not pass by without Author Solutions being in the news for the right or wrong reasons. Last week TIPM reported that US attorneys, Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP, are currently investigating the practices of Author Solutions, the largest global provider of author services. This week, in something of a […]

CreateSpace – Reviewed (Update Aug 2018) [DEFUNCT]

CreateSpace is the publishing engine of global online retailer and publisher Amazon, the company everyone either wants to love or hate. Createspace began life in 2002 as CustomFlix Labs (DVD), originally intended to make widespread distribution easier for independent filmmakers by providing on-demand DVD production. In 2000, a small group of writers pooled resources to form Booksurge […]

Lulu Layoff Staff with Restructure

Image via CrunchBase DIY self-publishing service provider Lulu confirmed earlier this week that nine staff members had been let go from its head office in Raleigh, USA. Lulu’s Chief Operating Office, Tom Bright, confirmed the news in an email (via Triangle Business Journal) that the decision was part of Lulu’s overall strategy to refine its platform focus. […]

CreateSpace, Smashwords and Author Solutions Dominate Self-Publishing Market | Bowker

Bowker Press Release: [Editor’s Note:  Bowker annually release figures and reports like the one referred to in the press release below, however it should be noted that Bowker only rely on titles with an ISBN, and given that Amazon KDP lists over 200k self-published titles and Smashwords lists 60k titles for 2011 (against Bowker’s claimed […]

The Future of Publishing 2020: Control, Coker and ASI

This is a pretty thought-provoking post by Smashwords‘ Mark Coker. There are a number of strong arguments he makes for the control and advantage indie authors may hold over traditionally published authors in regards to ebook pricing. “One surprise, however, was that we found $2.99 books, on average, netted the authors more earnings (profit per […]

Sarah Gilbert Interview | The Book Designer

The has an interview with Sarah Gilbert, Manager of Services Sales and Account Management at Related articles Lulu Launch Publishing Advice Tool Waterstones picks next 12 Book Club reads More publishers mount erotica bandwagon Bringing A Book To Life | Random House Five Puffin titles on IBW Book Awards shortlists The Independent Publishing […]

Lulu Launch Publishing Advice Tool

Lulu has launched a new service called ‘The Lulu Publishing Advisor‘, a recommendation tool geared to advise authors on their book publishing project. Director of Services at, Sarah Gilbert, described the new service: “The Lulu Publishing Advisor gives authors the advice they wish they’d had before they made a mistake,” says Sarah Gilbert, director […]

Publishing Horizons: An Overview of Independent Publishing in the Netherlands

Mijnbestseller (My Bestseller) could be called the Dutch Lulu, with no upfront costs and 50% profits, and with a Lulu-like user dashboard, community and book reviews are at the forefront of Mijnbestseller’s program. What is striking on their main webpage is the request for book reviewers as much as authors looking to circumvent the traditional channels […]