Book Design and Imaging

GUARANTEE - HOW LONG THE BOOKS WONT ALTER

Dear friends book makers.

I have so far produced 7 books and ordered over 100 copies. I am very satisfied with the result.

I have asked Blurb to provide, as they should, an indication as to how long the books (photos and binding) will not be altered appreciating that this indication is subject to how well the book is protected from extreme conditions.

 Much to my regret Blurb cannot provide this information. Wont provide it!!!

I am sure that the equipment they use to print the photos and bind the pages, MUST provide this information. If Blurb does not provide the specifications of the product they sell, makes me wonder why?

Does any of you have any indication and/or experience for books produced before some years?

How do you find my request? Do you believe that Blurb, MUST give us a reply and an indication?

Thank you

George

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Posted by
ROSSIDIS
Mar 27, 2011 6:22am PDT
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ROSSIDIS
 

I’m not sure I understand exactly what you mean, but are you asking about the durability and expected life-span of the binding, paper and ink?

I’m sure Blurb could request that information from the printers/binders, but I don’t think they are obliged to provide their customers with this information. People whose main concern is archival quality usually don’t turn to a print-on-demand service, I guess.

Posted by
Revenant
Mar 28, 2011 10:36am PDT
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Revenant
 

When I go to a publisher and ask them to print a book for me, normal ofset printing, in large quantities, eg. 1000, the publisher provides the information about the durability life-span of the binding and the ink.

The same happens if I go to a normal photo lab to print photographs. They print the photographs and advise me how long the colors will remain unchanged – taking always in consideration the way the photographs are stored.

I would have expected the same info to be provided by Blurb, for the books they produce and sell.

Most, if not all, goods, have an expiry date. Why not the Blurb books?

Posted by
ROSSIDIS
Mar 28, 2011 2:53pm PDT
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ROSSIDIS
 

Well, you do have a point there. I just have never thought about these things when it comes to POD printing. Since the books never go out-of-print, you can always get a new one for a reasonable price, unless the POD service goes out of business.

But you’re right, Blurb should be able and willing to give you that information.

Posted by
Revenant
Mar 30, 2011 4:24am PDT
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Revenant