Ready to join the ePub boom?

Lulu now offers ePub conversion services to take your book into the future.  Get your book ready for the iPad, Sony Reader and other electronic devises with our ePub conversion service.  We offer three service packs depending on the number of pages  in your manuscript.

Our ePub service includes the following:

  1. Tagging and linking of the Table of Content (TOC)
  2. Proofing of the illustrations to make sure they’re resized properly
  3. Removal of the original page numbers and page headers (to prevent them from appearing in the middle of the page)
  4. Re-flowing of the text by chapter and re-pagination of the entire book

*Proofing and correction of your manuscript file beyond the beginning of the 1st chapter is NOT included in the service.

ePub conversion takes between 4-6 week.  In some cases, conversion may take longer at which point we will provide you with a time line for your file conversion.

Our service pricing is based on your book page count:

The Small Print: Only books published through Lulu are eligible for the service. There are no refunds on the ePub conversion service. In the case where the complexity of the manuscript file requires work outside the scope of our service, we reserve the right to decline to do the conversion with a minimum charge of $100 an hour.  A quote at a rate of $100 minimum will be provided to the customer if additional work and fees apply.   Creating an ePub version of your book will not guarantee distribution on 3rd party external e-readers.

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  1. How is this different from having the book available as a downloadable?

  2. What fee is charged the reader; and what is earned by the author?

  3. how is a reader charged/what are they charged for purchasing a book in epub. format?

    how is the book distributed?

    thanks, Faye

  4. I think my Lulu books are all e-book formatted. Not so?

    Anyway, Lulu states candidly: “Proofing and correction of your manuscript file beyond the beginning of the 1st chapter is NOT included in the service.”

    This is a deal-breaker for me. I cannot see paying hundreds of $$ for a finished product that is not proofread b/f offered for sale. (Can I proofread myself? If there are changes required, do I may for a new setup?)

    Assuming I am not already in the e-book mode (as I had thought) my option now is to learn to do all the e-book formating myself, and also the proofing. This is not unreasonable at do-it-yourself Lulu but I am not ready to climb up on that learning curve just now.

  5. Hi people. I have been a long-term fan (and advocate) of Lulu for several years now, and still believe it to be a great set-up BUT, I really think you are starting to lose your way with the various offers recently made. Putting it simply, the prices are not competitive, and there is a sense that you are now trying to financially ‘harvest’ your clients.
    As others have pointed out, it is a competitive world out there with a host of offers of Free or inexpensive programmes – and eBook publishing is probably the most dynamic of all. I have recieved offers from no less than TEN alternatives to what Lulu is offering, in the past week alone, and have looked at each of them. Lulu is way up there with the most expensive – although not THE most expensive to be fair.
    Remember your core customers are NOT the professional companies, but mainly those on the first step. If they build they will stay with you, but not if they snese they are just being fleeced (remember even incorrect ‘perceptions’ can seem very real!)

  6. I’m with you, Norma!

  7. “Creating an ePub version of your book will not guarantee distribution on 3rd party external e-readers.”

    Is Lulu offering any guidance in this at all? I’ve found getting work onto the eReader impossible so far and I have not the foggiest idea how you can get on ebook on the iPad.

  8. Charlie

    E-readers have yet to saturate the marketplace. Until they do, I would not even begin to consider e-publishing. In addition, this kind of rather expensive marketing tactic gives me pause. I’ve given serious thought to publishing with Lulu. Now I’m not quite so sure.

  9. Hi,

    Is this service applicable for photography books?


  10. Hi! Thank you for that wonderful information. We’ll update our author friends about your service.

  11. Can the eBook be made from a pdf?

  12. AJ


    You can make a download out of a PDF, but this is different that an eBook. Some eReader devices will let readers read PDFs on them, but really the most universal format for now is ePub. For this you’ll need to use the Lulu conversion service, or one of several free programs out on the web. Apple actually recently released ePub document conversion right in iWork. For more information check out this post:

  13. Marie Jones

    If I use the Lulu ePub conversion service, what formats will they accept for conversion? .pdf? .doc?

  14. I have an ebook material ready to send to you to be published as an ebook . About 35 pages, 5 illustrations and a photo for the inside cover. Can you do this in color ?

  15. Jack

    Yes Jim, it is right that it won’t guarantee distribution on 3rd party external e-readers

  16. Kendal Jarvis

    Some years ago I wrote a guide on the purchase and sale of residential property, and the options of alterations and additions. It was moitivated by the fact that for perhaps 85% of the world’s population, the biggest investment they will ever make is in the home which they purchase. In South Africa, and perhaps in many other countries, the service wich they receive from estate agents is far from satisfactory, and the purchaser /seller knows little about the subject. The draft was vetted by a leading business leaders and a conveyancing attorney, and rated as very good. Titled “Buy, Sell, Alter, Add” – Don’t make a decision about a property without reading this.” I have not published previously but it seems would be a great boost to peoples knowledge of an important subject. If I e-mail the file to you could you tell me whether you think it would be, and what it would cost to use your conversion service. I am a 76 year old, and a bit suspect in handling the new technology, but I have already published (1976) a 160 page book on how to play squash, and am far advanced with CreateSpace on the publication of a book of my poetry. Please advise. many thanks.

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  21. Tam

    I need a book that that has many photo layout pages and is currently in a word doc and pdf format file to be converted into an epub file. I understand you provide this service; would you be willing to provide this service at a cost even if I don’t publish through Lulu? If not, could you please advise who would provide this service. I would like to publish through Amazon. Please advise.
    Thank you.

  22. Meg @ Lulu

    Hey Tam,

    Thanks for the inquiry! Please contact our customer voice team here:
    They will be able to provide some guidance and answer all of these questions for you.

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