updated 5/23/2011 11:17:39 AM ET 2011-05-23T15:17:39

RALEIGH, N.C., May 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lulu.com, the leader in open-publishing, is proud to announce the expansion of its global print network to Canada.

All of Lulu's products from hardcover and paperback books, to photo books, cookbooks and calendars will be manufactured and distributed in Canada. While Canadian customers can expect to see upwards of 45 percent lower shipping costs and packages delivered in less than three days due to the proximity of these facilities to creators in these regions.

"This investment is simply to serve the growing demand from Canadian authors and publishers, given the current publishing climate in Canada," says Bob Young, Canadian Founder and CEO of Lulu.com.  "Expanding our global print network to include Canada is just one more way we're making Lulu the most cost-effective and convenient option available for creators to sell more books to more readers both in Canada and around the world."

Lulu saw a 44 percent growth in Canadian creators last year with authors making upwards of $165,000 and selling thousands of copies of their works.  This contributes to a 23 percent growth in North America overall, as more creators look for ways to reach audiences with more freedom and greater profit from their works.  This announcement coincides with Lulu's presence at Book Expo America May 24th - 26th at the Javits Center in New York, where Lulu will empower even more creators to publish for free with complete creative and copyright control over their works, while keeping 80 percent of the profits when their books sell. 

With a unique open-publishing platform, Lulu is enabling anyone to publish and sell his or her works anywhere, anytime.  Through a growing network of retail distributors, open publication APIs, and global print facilities, Lulu has effectively created a one-stop shop for authors, developers, publishers, and businesses alike.  

About Lulu:

Lulu (www.lulu.com) is the leader in open publishing, empowering creators of all kinds — individuals, publishers, educators and enterprises — to publish and sell while enabling buyers to discover new knowledge. Powered by an Internet retail site, global distribution system and social content discovery engine, Lulu helps creators make and monetize content in a variety of formats, including physical books and eBooks. It connects them to buyers on Lulu.com and in third-party channels, including Amazon.com and Apple's iBookstore.  With the recent release of Lulu's open publication APIs, which enables publishers, businesses, and developers to create web applications, powered by Lulu, and marketed under their own brand names, Lulu is redefining the future for all publishers and providing creators with even more freedom.  

Contact:  AJ McDonald 

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