eBook Distribution Guidelines

It is an exciting time to be an author. Everyday customers find new ways to discover and purchase your remarkable works and Lulu has been proud to offer authors the ability to reach more readers and sell more books through our growing network of retail partners.

For us, the formula is simple: more channels equal more opportunities for your work to be discovered.

For authors selecting distribution, it is important to remember that many retail channels maintain strict policies on acceptable content. In an effort to ensure a lasting relationship with existing retail channels and to continue to cultivate even more options and opportunities for our authors, Lulu must uphold these policies and validation procedures. Lulu reviews all content marked for distribution and reserves the right to re- categorize and/or decline to submit books, which violate a retailer’s content policies.

One of the most popular retail channels is the iBookstore. Authors selecting this particular distribution method will need to keep these basic guidelines in mind:

  • To ensure an author’s work appears for sale, in the quality it deserves, iBookstore distribution takes at least 30 days.
  • Adult and/or sexually explicit content is de-prioritized and may be rejected if inappropriately categorized by the author.
  • eBooks in non-English languages and/or offered for free will be listed on lulu.com, but will not be distributed to the iBookstore or other retail channels.
  • Public domain content will only be submitted to the U.S. version of the iBookstore.

We know how eager you are to see your books out in the world and we want to assure you that Lulu processes your works with the utmost care. All authors are still able to publish and sell their eBooks immediately to the 2.5 million unique monthly visitors in the Lulu Marketplace for free. Lulu continues to strive to bring you the best service possible to empower you to sell more content to more readers more profitably than ever before and we look forward to your continued success on Lulu and all of our retail partners.

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9 Comments

  1. So if I understand this comment correctly:
    “eBooks in non-English languages and/or offered for free will be listed on lulu.com, but will not be distributed to the iBookstore or other retail channels.”

    Any of the ebooks I have published through Lulu and offered for free (I represent a religious organization that does not sell our literature) will not be distributed to the Apple ibookstore?

    What about the ebooks that I already have published and is available in ibooks? Will they be removed?

  2. Hi I would like to see your new blogposts arrive on my facebook- social networking gets time consuming, so…do you have a “follow” button for your rss feed? I include my blog list on facebook and can get to them more easily than on favourites/toolbar.

    Sue

  3. weber

    And about the Google ebookstore? Lulu have plans to be sell on it?

  4. AJ

    Hey Susan,

    That’s great! If you log in to Facebook, click the “Notes” tab and scroll to the bottom, you’ll see subscribe options. Click that link and then paste this URL into it. You should then receive a feed to our blog: feed://www.lulu.com/blog/feed/

  5. AJ

    Aaron,

    No books will be removed.

  6. AJ

    Weber,

    All I can say on that is stay tuned…

  7. weber

    eBooks in non-English languages will not be distributed to the iBookstore?

    is this rule temporary or permanent?

  8. Venzan Widow

    I’ve never seen a eBook before… What’s it like… All i’ve been wanting for Chirstmas is a Barns&Nobel Nook… Is it the some think?

  9. Venzan Widow

    I meant the same thing…

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