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Comparing Lulu Press
& KDP Select

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Comparing Lulu Press & KDP Select

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Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon's self-publishing platform. They make it very easy to publish basic ebooks and print books for sale on Amazon.

KDP is focused on one goal: making your book available for sale on Amazon. If you want to sell your book directly to readers or use other retailers, you'll need a different self-publishing service.

Lulu's self-publishing platform includes distribution to Amazon as well as through Ingram's Catalog. Along with retail publishing, Lulu offers ecommerce options like our xPress app for Shopify to enable you to sell your books on your own website and social media profiles.

Book Printing Options

Black & White / Color

Paperback

Hardcover

No

Calendar

Photo Book

Lulu

KDP Select

Cover Builder

Coil Bound
Yes
No

Lulu

KDP Select

Black & White / Color

Paperback

Lulu

KDP Select

Hardcover

Lulu

No

KDP Select

Yes

Lulu

No

KDP Select

Coil Bound

Calendar

Lulu

KDP Select

Photo Book

Lulu

KDP Select

Cover Builder

Lulu

KDP Select

Print Book Distribution

Distribution

Royalties for Print Books in Distribution

Fixed revenue set by author
(varies by retailer)

Varies by format

Royalties: Print

80% of profits

60% of list price minus book printing cost

Unit Price:
 6 x 9 in, B&W, 100 pages

$2.45

Starts at $2.15

Unit Price:
 6 x 9 in, Color, 100 pages

$5.75

Starts at $7.85

Lulu

KDP Select

Lulu

KDP Select

Distribution

Royalties for Print Books in Distribution

Lulu

Fixed revenue set by author (varies by retailer)

Lulu

Varies by format

KDP Select

Royalties: Print

80% of profits

Lulu

60% of list price minus book printing cost

KDP Select

Unit Price:
 6 x 9 in, B&W, 100 pages

$2.45

Lulu

Starts at $2.15

KDP Select

Unit Price:
 6 x 9 in, Color, 100 pages

$5.75

Lulu

Starts at $7.85

KDP Select

Book Selling Options

Retail site

Ecommerce Plugins

Volume Discounts

API Printing/Direct Sales

Lulu

KDP Select

Lulu

KDP Select

Retail site

Ecommerce Plugins

Lulu

KDP Select

Volume Discounts

Lulu

KDP Select

API Printing/Direct Sales

Lulu

KDP Select

Publishing on Lulu is completely free! Buy the print-on-demand books you need, when you need them with Lulu.

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Self-Publishing
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