"'We publish a huge number of really bad books,' admitted Bob Young, the
Canadian enterpreneur who founded the digital tbook publisher Lulu.com in
The title of the article? "Turning Bad Books into Big Bucks."
As Jim Milliiot of PW explains,
"But that's in keeping with Young's original vision for Lulu, which he seesApparently to great success, with a projected revenue figure of $30 million for this year.
as democratizing the publishing process. Rather than publish hundreds of
thousands of copies of a few books, Lulu's mission is to publish 100 copies of
Uh, thanks but no thanks. While companies like Lulu serve a purpose and I don't begrudge them their sales, there is still a level of acceptance to be met. Until the books are heavily reviewed (and not by shills on Amazon, ie family and friends), there's no way for potential readers to judge, other than by the author (if a known author chooses this route) or by the rep of the company. And if the company will *publish* anything, why should I trust I'll enjoy the reading experience?
At least, Lulu doesn't charge fees upfront for their services, the way many other companies do, but the costs are paid by the author, with a cut going to Lulu. And with its Published by You program, for a $50 fee, they'll get the ISBN for the book.
So, if POD/self-published is how you want to go, this is the better of the companies to try. But I'll wait til I've exhausted the traditional houses. Twice over. I still like the idea of getting paid and having someone else do all the work. After all, I did all the work to write the thing!