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    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2010
    I did the interior design in InDesign and the cover in Photoshop for both of the projects I've printed through Lulu, but they have helpers and templates for working with software like Word too. All of the digital printing services I've worked with want PDFs, so if you have software that can create a pdf, you're set to go. 300dpi is sufficient according to Lulu's guidelines.
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    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2010
    If Open Office is anything like MS Word, you should be able to use it to do everything relating to a layout. The cover of my book was done in PS 3, of course, but the whole of the rest was done in Word.
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2010 edited
    I couldn't get Open Office to really work as a layout program, but I've just finished layouting a book with Scribus, an OS alternative to InDesign and the likes. Took me some time to get into the work flow, but so did InDesign. So, if you're looking for a free program, you may want to look it up. Some printers frown upon it, though.

    Oh, and while the project wasn't POD as much as digital print, I've adapted it into a hardcover version that will be strictly POD. Also, I'll upload it to Lulu as well. (Just to get back on topic.) (No link here, it's in German anyway.)