Publish an ePub. Win an iPad

iPadContest_BlogBannerThe time to get in on the gold rush for ePub books has never been better.  From now until March 22, 2010, simply publish an ePub version of your book, and you’ll be automatically eligible to win one of three Apple iPads.  Yep, that’s right – just create an ePub book and you could score a brand new iPad…on us.

Never published an ePub version of your book before?  No worries.  Here are 2 ways you can get your book into ePub and get yourself in the running:

  1. Do-it-Yourself
  2. Let Us Do it For You

We’ll notify the three winners by April 3, 2010 via the email associated with their Lulu user account.   Unfortunately, because this is only a US site promotion, only US residents are eligible.  But don’t worry – we have a few things up our sleeve for everyone else…so be sure to stay tuned!  To see more rules our lawyers are making abide by, check out the disclaimer section below.

Good luck everyone!


No purchase necessary.  Prize is a 32GB Wi-Fi enabled Apple iPad. Three (3) winners will be drawn at random, and notified via email by April 3, 2010.  Winners must provide a US address to Lulu within 10 days of notification to redeem their prize. In order to be eligible for the iPad giveaway, you must either publish an eBook in ePub format, or purchase an ePub conversion service between 3/12/10 and 3/22/10.  Upon ePub publication or ePub service purchase, you will be automatically registered for the iPad giveaway.  ePub formatted books created before or after said dates are not eligible.  Creating an ePub version of your book will not guarantee distribution on 3rd party external e-readers.  Promotion is open to individuals who are Lulu registered users, and who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia only.  Your odds of winning depend on the number of US authors who publish ePub formats, or purchase an ePub conversion service during the contest period.   Employees, contractors, directors, and officers of Lulu, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, immediate family members thereof, and those living in the same domicile therewith are not eligible. Lulu reserves the right to make all decisions on entrants’ eligibility, in its sole discretion.  Lulu reserves the right to change or revoke this offer at anytime.  Void where prohibited.

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  1. aren’t our books already e-books, its either/or for e-book and print to click on
    so do we automatically get entered?

  2. There are several different formats to an ebook. At least, here with Lulu, there are. There’s the unencrypted version of pdf, the encrypted form of pdf, and the Epub format. They’re saying that if you haven’t published an Epub version of your book you could do so now and it would enter you into the drawing for an iPad.

    I’m strongly considering it! 🙂

  3. OK, I’ve made the conversion. However, I’m a bit concerned, because I have no ability to read ePub format myself (no iPad, iPhone, or program that natively reads ePub), so I can’t verify that my book looks like it should in this format….

  4. There are several viewer files for Epub format.

    The one I use: Adobe Digital Editions. Can be found here:

  5. What about those of us who have comic books, which use only images and not word processor text? I assume we use the method of creating ePub books, right?

  6. Thanks. I’ll have to look into ePub programs later. I can’t install new stuff on my work computer.

  7. Paul Davis

    What I wonder is what, if any, advantages accrue to me in terms of distribution and sales by doing this ePub thing. Does it automatically put my book out in front of customers, or is that something I have to pursue myself once the file is available?

  8. I would love to enter! I have several e-books do I need to do more?

  9. I converted three of my books to eBooks within the last two weeks, right here on Lulu—two novels and a collecction of tales. I’m upset that I won’t be eligible for this prize because I acted mere days before your starting date.

  10. Claude B

    Which ebook readers already can read our ebooks on without ePub? Sony? Kindle? iPod?

  11. steve s

    i finished mine before midnight march 22 PDT. did i make the deadline?

  12. Ocelot Wreak

    There are a number of different “ePUB” formats for the different readers. I decided to ouput my converted Word document in the ePUB format readable for Apple iPad and SONY devices, just based on who I wanted to target my book to. I should probably also do a version for the Amazon Kindle as well. This could get very confusing if an author has to make about 10 different versions of an eBook in order to have a “native version” properly formatted for each device in order to cover the majority of the devices available!

    For those looking to do an ePUB conversion, I converted from stripped MS Word doc —> saved HTML format (visible content only option) —> calibre import —> EPUB format (for SONY, which includes the format that will work w/iPad). You need to strip out your ToC, drop caps, headers/footers, anything special, Index, etc. as these will cause “problems” in the intermediary HTML text and the final ePUB text.

    Good luck!

  13. So does Lulu have convert to e-pub in the revised project area? How do we accomplish this?

  14. Claude B

    So what happened? You just stopped responding to questions or you just don’t respond to questions that are not in Lulu’s favor?

  15. @ClaudeB – This table shows devices that display the various eBook files.

  16. Hello! it is a good post.And it sounds nice to get the stuff for free.

  17. Marie Pretzer

    I have been writing some childrens books for the past 10 years and have had no luck with sending out to publishers,ect..if i post my ebook on lulu can someone steal my story/idea, also is there a book you suggest to help set up the ebook process? I am Very excited and think alot of children would benefit reading my books…..Thanks

  18. I write a lot in PDF. Is it all right to just let the buyer convert to epub if necessary rather than have to publish in epub?

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