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Lulu Press, Inc., doing business under trade name Lulu, is an online print-on-demand, self-publishing, and distribution platform. By 2014, it had issued approximately two million titles.[1]

Lulu Press, Inc.
TypePrivately held company
Founded2002; 21 years ago (2002)
FounderBob Young
United States
Key people
Bob Young (CEO)
ProductsBooks, e-books, photo-books, calendars
ServicesPrint on demand and e-book publishing
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The company's founder is Red Hat co-founder Bob Young.[2] Lulu's current[when?] CEO is Kathy Hensgen. The company's headquarters are in Morrisville, North Carolina.

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In 2009, Lulu began publishing and distributing ebooks. Lulu also prints and publishes calendars and photo books. In 2017, Lulu introduced an Open Access print-on-demand service.[citation needed]


The author of a title receives an 80% royalty for print books and a 90% royalty for eBooks when sold.[3]

Replay PhotosEdit

In January 2014, Lulu announced that it had acquired Durham (NC)-based sports photography company Replay Photos.[4] Replay Photos sells licensed images of collegiate and professional sports teams as photographic prints, custom framed photos, photos on canvas, and original wall art.[5]

Digital Rights Management (DRM)Edit

Lulu's final phase for their Digital Rights Management (DRM) Retirement project was released July 2, 2013. Prior to January 15, 2013, a Lulu author could choose to apply Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection to their PDF or EPUB.[6]

Lulu Jr.Edit

In 2014, Lulu launched Lulu Jr., which enables children to become published authors.[7] Lulu Jr. products include My Comic Book and IlluStory.[8]

Lulu Blooker PrizeEdit

The Lulu Blooker Prize was a literary award for "blooks" (books based on blogs). It was awarded in 2006 and 2007 and sponsored by Lulu. An overall prize was awarded, based on the winners of three subsidiary categories: non-fiction, fiction, and comics. The Lulu Blooker Prize was open to any "blook" that had been published "to date" (i.e., by the entry deadline) by any publisher.[citation needed]


The first competition saw 89 entries from over a dozen countries. A panel of three judges decided the winners: Cory Doctorow, Chair of Judges; Paul Jones; and Robin "Roblimo" Miller.[9]



  • Biodiesel Power by Lyle Estill (runner up, non-fiction, see biodiesel)
  • An Historic Murder Mystery Set in the Internet Bubble and Rubble by Tom Evslin (runner up, fiction)
  • Dinosaur Comics: Huge Eyes, Beaks, Intelligence, and Ambition by Ryan North (runner up, comics)


The 2007 competition had 110 entries from 15 countries. The number of judges was increased to five: Paul Jones (chair), Arianna Huffington, Julie Powell (2006 overall winner), Rohit Gupta, and Nick Cohen.[10]



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Lulu Enters Exclusive Licensing and Distribution Agreement With Easy Student Publishing for Kids' Creativity and Book-Making Products" (Press release).
  2. ^ "Red Hat's co-founder was unemployed and working in a closet when he started the company IBM just bought for $34 billion". CNBC. November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  3. ^ Tilton, Kate (January 25, 2013). "Royalty Rates Comparison". BiblioCrunch. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Lulu acquires Durham-based Replay Photos". newsobserver. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Replay Photos: Help / FAQs". Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  6. ^[dead link]
  7. ^ "Lulu Launch Lulu Junior Website and Introduce Children's Book-Making Kits". Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Lulu Jr". Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  9. ^ Gibson, Owen (April 3, 2006). "From blog to book: first awards for online writers who became mainstream successes". The Guardian. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "War book wins Blooker blog prize". BBC News. May 14, 2007. Retrieved November 16, 2015.

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