Book Design and Imaging

Not a TRUE text justification!!!!

I would not recommend using the text justification.  It only adds spaces, doesn’t spread out the words, like a real text jusify will.

The result is a very choppy, distracting hard to read text.  After justifying a 40 page book, the author requested  that I return to left justify since it was too distracting to read.

Blurb—PUHLEEEEEZE—do it right or don’t add it at all!!!!

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Posted by
videovik
Oct 7, 2008 4:43pm PDT
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I’m a newcomer, but have a small arsenal of books waiting to be published. My first two were primarily picture books, but now I have two text-heavy books I’d love to have printed, but without real justification, I’m probably going to hold off. This causes me significant consternation, because I was so pleased with Blurb’s quality with my photo books hat I wanted to get some more books printed for family, for the holidays.

I’m not a huge fan of text justification, but most novels and text-heavy books use it, and I’d like to do the same, or at least have the option. I find it odd that Booksmart doesn’t allow for that, for so many of its users, when this style is so prevalent in the publication industry. I’m a graphic artist and am fully capable of creating a book in another program, like Quark—a program that will work will with text—but I’m not convinced the final printed results will be nice and crisp and clean, if I export each page to eps, and then convert each page to JPG or whatever, to import into BookSmart. And it seems like a load of needless steps, besides. Blurb, please, please, please add a proper text justification feature.

Thanks!

Posted by
ott
Nov 12, 2008 9:38am PDT
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