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Hi,

We’re always busy working on new things behind the scenes. Nowadays that includes new products, new services, mobile, and ebooks. Lots of stuff. As we plan, create, and develop, talking to our customers is key. And we love to hear from our customers.

You probably have a few books you’ve made using Blurb. And you’re probably doing some really cool things to share them. If you use ebooks or would like to create ebooks, tell us more in the thread below about your book along with a link to the book. We’re curious to hear what you are doing.

And let us know if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and we may reach out to talk to you in person.

Posted by
kathybad
Mar 23, 2011 6:34am PDT
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kathybad
 

My first post here.

I’ve been using Blurb for a while now, made a few books, 7X7 Hardcover and Softcover, Standard Landscape Softcover and most recently my first 12 X 12 Hardcover. They are beautifully done; I have nothing but good things to say. The 12 × 12 rivals anything I’ve ever seen in quality of printing and this being a photo book, the photos at that size take on an entirely different nature than at smaller sizes.

I love printed books, but I do use E-books. I’m not sure that when it comes to photobooks that E-books will ever match print, but for some things E-books have some advantages over printed books. Especially reference books and cookbooks, because you can search them, cut and paste snippets, etc.

The thing is, print on demand books (compared to mass produced books) are still relatively expensive. My 12 × 12 book, with no markup is over $100. Sure I could make smaller versions, which – while more affordable – are simply not the same thing. Even a 7 × 7 version is upwards of $30, plus tax and shipping. I understand why they cost what they do; I’m not complaining at all, it just makes them out of reach for a-lot of people. At over $100, I personally can’t even print very many of my 12 X 12 to give away.

This is why I am thankful that Blurb has the "online preview" feature and allows the entire book to be viewed online, not only does this make it so others can view the book without purchasing it – it works on any machine and doesn’t require an E-book reader. I’ve been following your blog on the new E-pub developments and agree that books based on HTML5 would solve a-lot of problems with compatibility and even production.

I would like to see you offer E-books, or at the very least, offer the option in BookSmart (even if it has to be unlocked for a fee). Even just giving us access to an E-Pub ready PDF output from BookSmart so we could make our own elsewhere would be immensely helpful.

Not only would this open up a-lot of distribution avenues for everyone, it would allow people to give their books away or sell them at much more accessible prices, and people could own them and view them without having to go online or even have an Internet connection at all.

My 2 cents.

- Nate

My Blurb Book:

Kentucky: A Culinary (Photo) Journal
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1897750

Posted by
odonata7
Mar 23, 2011 9:04am PDT
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An e book might make my book more affordable. So far I only have one sale here. Bookstore prices are generally less than for blurb books so a printed book really has to be special in order to sell well. I say yes to e books.

Posted by
FlyfishG
Mar 24, 2011 7:22pm PDT
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FlyfishG
 

Hi Kathy

I give the thumbs up to eBooks – certainly in principle. In the end it would depend on the cost, of course. Blurb printed books are not cheap, however quaity is excellent and I’m always proud to show people my books.  As long as eBooks are competitively priced  I would certainly be interested in producing some.

Wendy

Posted by
waf1
Apr 2, 2011 4:30am PDT
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I would definately be interested in producing e-books in addition to my Blurb books. Not as a replacement. Borders offers a service to make e-books. Unfortunately, their empasis is on the printed book, with maybe a photo or two thrown in for interest. Besides, I have been very pleased with all of the books I have produced through Blurb, and would like the e-book as an additional option.

Posted by
walkerj
Apr 2, 2011 7:34am PDT
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walkerj
 

Ebook is a great idea.

Posted by
jakerome
Apr 11, 2011 6:33pm PDT
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jakerome
 

I don’t know if there’s rating for the most books made in Facebook, but I’ve notched up 14 so far. One was an earlier version – so the present total is 13. BUT, despite the number of times I’ve run a spelling check before uplinking the each final product, BookSmart STILL does not know my name!! It also comes up with the most ridiculous alternative spellings:-)

Surely, it should be possible for your software specialists to link the BookSmart program to the host computer’s own dictionary. I hope to see this as one of forthcoming improvements!

Nevertheless, thanks for a great service:-)
sincerely, George E. Todd

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GeorgeTodd
Apr 12, 2011 2:50am PDT
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Believe it or not, I think the IPAD is going to make children’s ebooks a viable market. I’m looking to make my book here on Blurb an ebook (epbub format because it’s universal ) to be sold in the ibookstore – it would look amazing in its full colour on the ipad, and I am sure ipads or something like it are going to be used in schools.

Anyway, my book is just now out in sofcover and hardcover but I did want to find out if you guys are thinking about giving a service to convert to epub – I’d be interested in that. 

Sincerely
Heather Grace Stewart

http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2101489

Posted by
HeatherGS
Apr 16, 2011 10:53am PDT
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HeatherGS
 

Great info, everyone. Keep it coming!

– Kathy

Posted by
kathybad
Apr 18, 2011 3:01am PDT
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kathybad
 

I’ve been writing poems for scrapbookers for a number of years and they are all over the world. I’ve done a number of Blurb poetry books and little digital design books and the postage is especially high for my overseas friends. Some have said they would buy a number of them if they were ebooks. I am so pleased with your Trade and Pocket books for those of us who just want print and no frills. 

I am in talks with a  publisher to do one of my Blurb books as an ebook. Hope that works out well.

Sincerely,

Thena Smith

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Thena
Apr 23, 2011 1:19am PDT
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Thena
 

Hello,
I just self-published my first photobook on the iBookstore:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id432034564

It’s exclusively for iPad and iPhone because other e-readers (Kindle) simply cannot present these large landscape photos in such a beautiful format. I achieved the full-spread layout through lots of trial and error and HTML/CSS hacking. I think this might be the first “coffee table” style photo book on the iBookstore, but I’m not sure.

Blurb folks: I’m based in SF, so hit me up if you want to chat about the book in person. You’ll find my contact info inside the book :)

Posted by
sfomel
Apr 25, 2011 2:09pm PDT
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sfomel
 

I’ve now created 3 photo books which are publically available through Blurb . It’s enabled me to release what is a niche interest book to the world which is fantastic . I would certainly be interested in making these available as E-books both as a way of sharing these further and increasing the returns on the work done . absolutley count me in

 Martin

  • http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2058668
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    Posted by
    Martincreese
    Apr 27, 2011 4:27am PDT
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    Martincreese
     

    Our book project was highlighted in a post viewed by millions today, thousands followed through to learn more, hundreds clicked through to the bookstore and 7 made purchases. That’s good, but I can’t help but think if we had a $3 or $5 eBook that we might have had 100 purchases instead.

     

    Honestly, Blurb is great for lots of things, but the problem is if you use BookSmart you’re stuck in the Blurb world. We’ll do another project, and may use different software that lets us create a nice PDF or iPad app in addition to ordering print books. If Blurb facilitates that and takes a small cut, that’s fine & I’ll use it for the next project. If not, or if Blurb aims to keep 50%+ for themselves, then I’ll invest in InDesign & learn about other ways to print & sell books beyond Blurb. IOW, use the eBook as a hook, if you try to take too big a cut it will turn off many people.

    Posted by
    jakerome
    Apr 27, 2011 10:58pm PDT
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    I’ve already contributed my ten pennyworth to this thread but have returned to agree with Jakerome’s last sentence .. "if you try to take too big a cut it will turn off many people." 

    After receiving an order from a bookshop for 250 copies of my BW trade book I found that the shipping cost to Europe for these books is sadly way beyond my pocket and so in the past week I’ve managed to create my own test ebook from scratch and have just published it on Amazon. Once I’d cracked the quirks of the html required (for page breaks, paragraph formatting, etc.) uploading it to Amazon was very straightforward. To be honest, for me it was almost easier than coping with the quirks of formatting text using Booksmart (sorry, Blurb – your fotobooks are fab!). 

    So far the only cost to me has been my time and I think that in future this will be my solution to publishing text heavy books.

    The test ebook (Lakeland Hunting Memories) is quite short as my aim for this first attempt was to produce something reasonably well formatted and to find out how to do it – the quantity of content was of secondary consideration at this stage. Have a look and see what you think …

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZMVWYM   (for the .com version)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lakeland+hunting+memories&x=0&y=0  (try this one for the .co.uk version)

    Your feedback will be welcomed.  Email me at frejus107 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Having managed that one there are several more in production!

    Best regards

    Wendy

    Posted by
    waf1
    May 11, 2011 10:26am PDT
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    I have enjoyed using BookSmart and publishing a physical book. I agree with many of the above comments that the price of a printed book is a barrier to many people that I know who might want to purchase one. Having an eBook option would be great as long as the price is reasonable and Blurb doesn’t take too large of a cut.. Any update on when you will have this option available? I am in the Bay Area if you want to contact me directly. Thanks! Tony DeVarco

    Posted by
    tdevarco
    Jun 2, 2011 12:30pm PDT
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    tdevarco
     

    I am in favor of ebooks. I’ve been asked if my Blurb hard copies were available as ebooks and have missed some sales because they weren’t.

    Peace,
    Ed Book
    http://edbookphoto.com

    Posted by
    edbook
    Jun 3, 2011 9:11pm PDT
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    edbook
     

    Although we loved books that we can smell and touch (particularly hardbounds), e-Books are much better alternative when it comes to loving our environment. We can save more trees, precious water and many other intangible benefits by using e-books. In fact gardening can also be done nowadays with much success and with much less water than it use to be.

    Check out this e-book about Herb Container Gardening, it’s on sale at  GoGreenGardening Store

    Lovin’ the environment.

    Soren

    Posted by
    sorenatSMA
    Jun 5, 2011 6:48pm PDT
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    Desperate to connect to Kindle etc, It’s the obvious way to go Blurb. Please can we hear if you are even working on it please

    Sean

    Posted by
    Levidog
    Jun 25, 2011 3:45am PDT
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    Levidog
     

    I’d really like to be able to publish my ebooks created with Booksmart in ePub or Kindle format.

    ePub, in particular, for photo books.

    Any plans to introduce this?

    Posted by
    lozan365
    Jul 17, 2011 1:53am PDT
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    lozan365
     

    I’d really like to be able to Publish to Kindle and ePub.

    Posted by
    lozan365
    Jul 22, 2011 1:02pm PDT
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    lozan365
     

    hi blurb~~

     

    Very interested in making an ebook version (to sell, not for free)  of my forthcoming limited edition photo book.  Any updates on this option?  I am more interested in a ebook that can be downloaded to a computer, as well as the kindle etc formats…  Any updates?

     

    Posted by
    mwfoto
    Jul 27, 2011 10:00am PDT
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    mwfoto
     

    Hi mwfoto,

    We are looking into offering an ebook format of your book along with supporting various ebook formats. Stay tuned in the coming months for updates on this.

    -Craig

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    csm
    Aug 1, 2011 1:50pm PDT
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