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Payment calculated in dollars, not the usual pounds when ordering
Ordering and Shipping

I noticed when  ordering my most recent book that payment was calculated in dollars; all 18 others were done in pounds. Does that mean that the publishing will be handled in the US? I’ve been very happy with the quality from the Netherlands and I’d like to keep it that way. Presumably I unintentionally came through to the US site when ordering. Does it make any difference if you don’t order through the UK site?

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Apr 25, 2013 8:41am PDT
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High Quality Photo Book Gift Sleeves Or Boxes
General Interest

I was just about to put up a post about sleeves/boxes when I saw this thread. Thanks for the information, Tony.

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Nov 13, 2011 2:41pm PDT
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160 page limit for best quality - any easy way to split into two shorter...
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…only problem now is that I have to put the "split" books together again…so Kathy’s intervention wasn’t quite in time but very good news nonetheless…

 

Ian

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Oct 14, 2011 11:58am PDT
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160 page limit for best quality - any easy way to split into two shorter...
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…only problem now is that I have to put the "split" books together again…so Kathy’s intervention wasn’t quite in time but very good news nonetheless…

 

Ian

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Oct 14, 2011 11:57am PDT
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160 page limit for best quality - any easy way to split into two shorter...
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Well, how about that, Tony….! Now that’s what I call an instant response to a problem!

 

Great news, Kathy! Thanks for letting us know at just the right moment! Page quantity was the only issue I had with the premium lustre paper books. I look forward vto taking full advantage of it.

 

Thanks to Tony and yourself

 

Ian

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Oct 14, 2011 11:52am PDT
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160 page limit for best quality - any easy way to split into two shorter...
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Worked like a charm, Tony. All that remains is to put in a new title instead of "Copy 1" which is automatically attached to the new one – I can easily do that during the publishing stage. Thanks again!

 

Ian

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Oct 14, 2011 8:31am PDT
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160 page limit for best quality - any easy way to split into two shorter...
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Thanks very much for that advice, Tony. I am using Booksmart so It’ll save me a lot of trouble.

 

Much appreciated!

 

Ian

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Oct 14, 2011 7:55am PDT
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160 page limit for best quality - any easy way to split into two shorter...
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There must be people who have had this problem before -I’m finding myself going well beyond the 160 page limit and now realise that I need two shorter books instead of a single 160-page one in order to do full justice to the topic. Is there any easy way to "split" the book at or before the 160 page limit and store the cut-off part as the start of a second book? Can pages be easily "transferred" to a second book if I start one up?

If I can help it I don’t want to have to delete 50 or so pages with text and then start the "second" book all over again from scratch.

 Any help appreciated

 Ianto25

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Oct 14, 2011 6:23am PDT
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I wish there was a way to edit and upload the book again without having ...
Tips and Tricks

I’ve learnt after 13 books that every moment spent in careful checking – layout, font, text, spelling, tweaking images for extra contrast and brightness, readjusting cropping, resizing pixel counts, horizontal adjustments to images etc. repays itself many times over. Resist the temptation to hold the finished article as soon as possible – just make sure it really is about as complete as possible before uploading – page by page. You may not eliminate every single niggling irritation, but you will have a far more satisfying product. Very rarely have I found any problem to be the fault of blurb – they just process what you upload. I find I’m spending more time in checking than in creating the book in the first place – but it works. 

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Sep 22, 2011 10:35pm PDT
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Customize Book Preview not functioning
Web Features

In case anyone’s looked at my query (maybe it’s a deserted part of blurb!) I’ve solved the problem by simply changing my web browser to Firefox. Thanks to Milisa of blurb for the suggestion.

 

Ianto25

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Jul 27, 2011 6:25am PDT
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Customize Book Preview not functioning
Web Features

I uploaded my latest book two days ago. In Book Settings I’ve been trying to customize the Preview to show my usual 40-50 pages. Clicking on the thimbnail images on the left simply doesn’t work – no response at all, whereas in the past the page spreads just transfer over to the right in the proper page order. If I allow the first 15 pages or whole book options they work fine – but those are not the options I need. In the past I’ve had up to an hour’s delay before these functions operate properly but two days without operating  is a bit much to take. It was uploaded on a weekend and it’s still Sunday - is this a period which puts a special strain on the blurb systems?

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Jul 24, 2011 1:21pm PDT
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150 dpi Resolution Warning - Frustration!
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I would not take the resolution warning lightly. What may appear to be sharp definition on the computer screen may not print the same in a book. When you say that your images are clearly at the “proper resolution”, do you mean the images before you on the screen? I gave up the time consuming adjusting of the pixel dimensions to the blurb template because the process seems to be able to cope well with producing a clear picture from a larger than recommended pixel count. But if the dimensions of your picture are much smaller than the recommended pixel dimensions the process won’t be able to improve on what it’s given. In other words, if I err on the side of caution things usually turn out fine, but if I go some way below recommended the pixel count I expect to get less definition, even if it looks good on the screen. It will show – but it depends on what’s acceptable to you personally.

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Mar 12, 2011 5:33am PDT
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Pages falling apart
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I don’t know whether the packaging has anything to do with books coming apart but one thing I have noticed is that, with my books sent from the Netherlands to the UK, they’ve dropped the bubble-wrap in favour of a much more flimsy piece of transparent plastic which rips apart as easily as cellophane used to. I never had problems with bubble-wrapped books and only one with the new wrapping. Either way the packaging should be sufficient for any book to survive any amount of handling to any destination.

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Mar 11, 2011 11:15am PDT
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Pages falling apart
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All blurb needed in my case was a picture of the loose page detached from the book and they arranged a reprint immediately – with the quickest and most expensive delivery free of charge. Just e-mail a picture of the damage and they’ll sort it almost by return – the whole exchange of e-mails took half an hour at most and the book was delivered from Holland the day after it was re-printed.

 I found their customer support to be excellent – so just e-mail that picture and you’ll be sorted.

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Mar 11, 2011 2:54am PDT
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Superb customer service from blurb
Book Printing

Just a few words of appreciation for Maggie and others at blurb dealing with customer support.

 I arranged for a book to be sent to my son in London. Unfortunately when he opened the package the title page (first page on the inside) was loose and fell out of the book, which was otherwise in every respect completely up to the great quality standards I’ve always been used to from blurb. Without complaining too much my son mentioned the loose page over the phone. I immediately contacted blurb customer support, was invited to e-mail a photo of the defect and within half an hour I’d had confirmation from Maggie that another order had been placed free of charge – and would be sent to London by express delivery. Within 40 minutes of my son’s first contact the whole issue had been sorted.

Now some might have said…"Well…a relatively unimportant page comes loose…sorry but it sometimes happens…."  

But not blurb – It’s difficult to imagine a better response to what some might have considered to be a minor quality issue.

Fantastic service, blurb. Now that’s what I call REAL customer support!

 

Ian Davies, South Wales

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Feb 18, 2011 8:35am PDT
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Happy with my book!
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At risk of needless repetition (I sent a similar contribution in last night which hasn’t come up): My fourth book has just come back and, as always, I’m delighted with the quality.

For the other three books I’d used recent images from a 15 megapixel SLR and had no worries about the definition or contrast. However, every picture in the latest book was nearly fourteen years old and scanned from sldes or colour negative film and I was a little apprehensive that the different source might affect picture quality, but they all turned out well despite a lower number of pixels in each image. The consistency of colour over the whole book was excellent – in fact better than the original prints in the case of images from colour negatives, and fitting in pretty seamlessly with those scanned from slides where the colour was accurate in the first place. 

It’s probably fair to say that the new images from the new DSLR have less dense shadow areas and more detail in the shadows, but the original slide camera was of a lower specification and I don’t think that’s anything to do with blurb’s printing process. Every image, whatever its source, is very acceptable and the high quality is consistent throughout the book.

As I have thousands of slides/colour film/black and white film and print images from the past this book has given me the confidence to go on and build up a family record based on scanned images and the help of blurb books.

The imagewrap cover was absolutely superb – rich, dense colour and great definition from a scanned image.

 

Thanks again blurb – you’ve never let me down!

 

 

Ian, Bridgend, South Wales

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Jan 29, 2011 5:33am PDT
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Magnifying screen images of books in Preview facility
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Problem solved. Many thanks, Brian and all you others who contributed to this topic at an earlier stage. As you say, it certainly works with the the magnifier (bottom right-hand corner) on Internet Explorer, although you are limited to specific magnifications. Have to say I preferred the built-in right-click system which offered any level of magnification by using a slider, but Internet Explorer sure beats having no facility at all. Thanks again, folks.

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Aug 5, 2010 1:17pm PDT
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Magnifying screen images of books in Preview facility
Book Design and Imaging

I last looked at one of my books on the preview facility a month or so ago. At that time there was a magnifying facility where I (or anyone) could enlarge the image and "get into" the pictures as well as read the text. Now I find there’s no facility for enlarging the on-screen image – I can’t get a closer view of the pictures and the text is illegible.

 Has Blurb withdrawn the facility in what seems to be a recent re-design of the format for previewing books? If so, it’s disappointing because potential purchasers can’t get a proper detailed impression of the content, which must affect sales potential.

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Aug 5, 2010 1:48am PDT
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Any Good Reviews of Imagewrap?
Book Design and Imaging

I’ve just taken delivery of the large landscape image-wrap cover book I mentioned earlier. Again, the quality is excellent, with no distortion or warping, clear definition exactly as on the preview and a totally professional feel to the book. If there are faults they’re my own – camera shake becomes more apparent at higher magnification with long-focus lenses, and excessive cropping of an image can remove too many pixels sometimes resulting in a lack of clarity – but these aspects are all part of the learning curve. 95% of the pictures I’m absolutely delighted with – the others, only slightly less satisfying to look at, I have to take responsibility for. I’ll definitely be sticking with blurb for the next projects.

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Jul 31, 2009 9:23am PDT
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Any Good Reviews of Imagewrap?
Book Design and Imaging

The two standard landscape books I’ve had back were both solid with no warping of the boards or distortions of the cover pictures. The titles on the spines were left with a plain white background (I’d been expecting the front picture to be wrapped across the spine – but this is just as good) and the pictures front and back were precisely measured to the sides of the spine. The pictures front and back were excellent for both definition and colour reproduction - matt finish but that’s no problem for me. The whole  book is an excellent product (printed in Holland) and I’m looking forward to a large landscape book in the next few days with equal confidence and anticipation.

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Jul 27, 2009 3:55pm PDT
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First Book Experience
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The second edition has just arrived and it’s every bit as good as the first one – absolute consistency of very high quality. Thanks, blurb – there are more orders on the way!

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Jul 24, 2009 10:37am PDT
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First Book Experience
Book Printing

I have to confess that my expectations for my first book were a bit subdued  on reading all the debate and often negative comments on print quality. After paying out the money I was beginning to wonder whether it was a wise buy.

Well, I had the first book back today (from Eindhoven) and I’m delighted to say that it far exceeded my expectations. The wrap-around covers were solid and pretty much perfect as far as I could see; the photos are superbly printed with fine detail visible even in the dark shadows; there was a consistency of quality throughout the book and, best of all, the colours were very much like what I saw on the preview – I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect the same radiant brightness as you get on a computer screen but these colours still surpassed my expectations.

 I was a bit worried because I don’t have the equipment to reduce the number of pixels (it’s a 15Mb camera)  – I just dragged the JPEGs off my picture stock and hoped for the best, to be honest – but Blurb is obviously used to the computer illiterate and did whatever it takes to make sure the pictures were first-class.

Now that the first effort is safely in, I’ll go ahead and order more for the rest of the family – but I still do hope, after reading so much about consistency issues,  that I can rely on the same level of excellence for all the others…...Then a thought struck me after all the needless worrying – there are thousands of books up in Blurb’s bookstore, many by previous customers who simply wouldn’t be coming back again if the product wasn’t up to expectations.

I’ll let you know in a few weeks’  time!

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Jul 23, 2009 10:43am PDT
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