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Best Blurb Books Contest
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Hi Kathy,

 thanks for the reply. However, I have analysed the phrase you mention: "Submissions (the books), must be original works of authorship (yes fair enough, of course, can’t be a reprodution of somebody else´s book), created and entered by the Contestant (very clear, the Contestant must be the Author, so I must enter only my own books, created by myself, evidently).

I still can’t see where does it links to anything that restricts the book being eligible for the contest only if the author asks a new copy himself. The act of asking a copy does not automatically enters the book into the contest, it is clear that the book has to have been ordered within the period specified, but still does not cleary denotes that the copy is the author´s copy, The author enters the book into the contest in a different step, not during the order act itself. it is a totally separate operation.

I understand that the contest is lauched, but if you do not fix this, Blurb will have trouble. I am just trying to show a fair point of view. So, I feel like "betrayed" by Blurb, I liked it since the first minute and since then I have been saying good things about it to anybody that asks about printing photos and making photobooks. Considereing fixing this for a next contest is not the answer I was expecting from Blurb. I really trust that you can postpone the voting startup and fix this quickly by changing the criteria of the software that lists the eligible books (I bet that a simple software patch can fix this rule accordingly – sincerely this does not sounds like a strong excuse). You can even do marketing on that, sending email to the customers recalling them to the Contest and clarifying the criteria – you would be just making it match with what it is already written in the Contest Rules.

I do mean it seriously. Could you escalate this in the Blurb organisation, please?

Cassio.

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Sep 25, 2009 10:53am PDT
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Best Blurb Books Contest
General Interest

So Kathy, and what about having to order another copy of the book? Have the author to buy another copy of the book or can be the book just sold once in this period of eligibility? In other words, the rule of the contest do not specify if the order of a copy of the book has to be a purchase order by the author or by any other buyer through the Blurb bookstore.

When I go to the contest page, on the right there is this box:

"Eligibility

Any photo book created in 2009 and purchased between September 17, 2009 – October 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm (PDT) is eligible for the contest if it fits one of the categories below. See How It Works for full details."

So I clicked in the "How it works" links and another text  poped-up where this was written:

"Already have a Blurb book that you created in 2009? Order a copy to make it eligible for the contest, then go straight to Step 2!"

So, one copy of my book has just been ordered by someone thorugh the Blurb Bookstore a few days ago and the sale is in progress right now, so the book should be elegible for the contest, right? But I still cannot enter this book into the competition, so I would like to have the permission to enter it in the competition as an order of a copy has been issued within then timeframe specified in the contest rules.

As the other people said here, this is a way to Blurb.com to make money (I understand and I have nothing against making money, this contest is excellent marketing campagin by the way), but what is the difference if myself or another person orders a copy of my book, Blurb is earning the same money for all copies no matter who has posted the order of a copy, right? For the benefit of Blurb and myself I have marketed my book and sold a copy just a few days ago, so it is fair enough that books ordered recently have the right to enter the contest because this is what Blurb is interest in by doing this contest, so why my book is still not ellegible if I met the rules?

 I appreciate a quick answer on this from you Kathy or from anybody of Blurb staff, please.

Best regards,

Cassio.

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Sep 24, 2009 2:46pm PDT
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