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How long can a book preview stay active? Plus success story
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Some of mine have gone over a year without purchase and not been deleted. I would think there is a time limit though. 

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May 7, 2011 5:27am PDT
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My latest book...printed and shipped ground 8 days WOW!!!!!
Ordering and Shipping

I downloaded it last Saturday morning and I’m looking at it this Saturday. Three different companies working hand in hand (blurb, printer, shipper) have got the system down!!!

This is my 16th order with blurb and all of them have been flawless.

BLURB RULES!!!!

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Oct 30, 2010 5:23pm PDT
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To those who are seriously selling their books...
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What the…I did not know this. That pretty muchs ends any attempt of having an upbeat morning for me.

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Oct 10, 2010 8:23am PDT
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Selling your book to outside bookstores
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The bar code issue is something you’ll have to deal with too most likely? That will cost a minimum of $60.00 last time I looked. You can use the same barcode on each book as long as you NEVER change anything inside it. If you do…you’ll have to buy a new barcode.

I would say yes the printing prices are simply too high for sales to the general public; when I can purchase a twenty pound large landscape book of 600 plus pages for under $20.00 at my fav book store!

It’s fun though to have your own limited copy book…so go for it.

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Aug 20, 2010 9:24pm PDT
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I'm looking for Blurb/Flickr contacts...
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I’m interested in fellow Blurb/Flickr members and seeing some of their book pics in bigger sizes. My flickr account name is: 

railroadweasel

Please feel free to add me as a contact/friend.

My next book will be about "Mystery Cave."  It’ll be about 230 pages. You can check out the full sets on my flickr account…it’s wide open. Pic below is from the cave…I call it "brain."   

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Aug 8, 2010 6:27am PDT
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Is it possible to download more than 500 photos from flickr?
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My sets are under 300 on Flickr so I can’t help you. Did you try the Flickr forum too?

 

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Aug 8, 2010 4:52am PDT
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Just Received My First Copy Of My Book
General Interest

I’ve been surprised too with imagewrap even though I thought I was well inside the boundaries.

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Jul 24, 2010 9:05pm PDT
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Selling Books
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I can’t speak about combination books but I currently have ten books (digital photography) for sale. I average 40-50 hits a week and have sold zero books for various reasons. It’s still a learning curve for me. I’m having a lot of fun (very important) and providing a hardcopy archive of my photographs for my family. 

Blurb offers a lot of free help. They also have marketing help (for a fee) from people who know what they’re doing.

Guess what I’m saying is I’m not quiting my day job yet. 

 

 

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Jul 23, 2010 5:12pm PDT
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I just received my book and I'm soooo happy!
Book Printing

The first one is pretty special I agree.

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Jun 28, 2010 4:30pm PDT
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Too many wedding books
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Yaaaa…after 32 years of being married I’m sick of all the love birds too. Two years ago the wife demanded we renew our vows for the 30th anniversary. If your in the same boat guys go with an Indian wedding like I did. It’s cheap.

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Jun 25, 2010 2:18pm PDT
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Problem: big white margin in my book's preview
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I see it…seems to me I had one display online weirdly too but it went away in 24 hours.

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Jun 18, 2010 2:35pm PDT
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My book tagged as "Humor" not showing in that category...
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The funny side of me would be temped to respond…"Because it’s not funny!"

D’oh…

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Jun 15, 2010 5:38pm PDT
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My book tagged as "Humor" not showing in that category...
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This was my first "Humor" book tag and it’s not showing.

What up with that?

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Jun 15, 2010 5:33pm PDT
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Internet Explorer 8 bug won't let me comment on new books...
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This problem is back!!!!!

I commented May 15 and it was fixed pronto, But today I see it’s back. Worked fine yesterday.

 

 

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Jun 15, 2010 5:25pm PDT
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400 visits
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Your price is very fair but it’s still simply too high. After 9 books I’ve come to realize my books are simply for giggles, but a learning experience none-the-less.

I just bought my granddaughter a huge 600 page 10 pound book for under $20.00 obviously hundreds of thousands had to be printed to get that kind of price.

Seems like those who sell books find there own special niche of customers. I work for a major railroad carrier and am simply not interested in taking pictures of trains although I know there is a fan club out there I could market to.

Guess that’s the real hurtle…figuring out marketing.

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May 16, 2010 5:36am PDT
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concerned about the size of my book
Book Printing

There is some compression going on. I have been slightly dissappointed but having said that I love my blurb books and will continue making them. 

I’ve made nine books now for giggles and  what I’ve had to realize is it just isn’t fair to compare a photograph in a book to one on a computer screen with a bright light behind it.

When your book arrives I think you will be quite excited and pleased. Sit down in a brightly lit area (I usually do it in sunlight) and enjoy a one of a kind piece of art.

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May 16, 2010 4:40am PDT
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Adding comments to new books...
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Seems like the past month if I try and add a comment to a new book all I get is, "Comment can’t be blanked."

 

 

 

 

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May 15, 2010 9:22am PDT
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Preview book
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I’ve made 9 books now and the preview mode never let me down except for the front and back cover. That’s a bit tricky there…make sure your text is well inside and expect to lose some of the image.

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May 15, 2010 9:19am PDT
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Order cancelled? Why?
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From reading past posts I understood there was no way to cancel the oder…hmmmm I’ll be watching what staff say to you.

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May 15, 2010 9:12am PDT
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Lost ability to download from my Flickr or Photobucket accounts...
Book Design and Imaging

Update:

I’m up and running…don’t know what the hiccup was about and or if it was my computer, Blurb or Flickr. All I know is the next staff pick book is again being tweaked and polished. STAY TUNED!!!!

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Apr 30, 2010 12:55pm PDT
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Lost ability to download from my Flickr or Photobucket accounts...
Book Design and Imaging

Couple of nights ago it was working fine…anybody else having probs or idea’s??

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Apr 29, 2010 5:36pm PDT
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HELP! NEED PICTURE FOR COVER OF BOOK
Book Design and Imaging

Feel free to scan my desert pics sets from 3 weeks ago in Nevada/Utah on my Flickr account. I’ve locked out the download but if you see one you like tell me and I’ll email the original to you with full permission to use as you want.

The Valley of Fire (Nevada) would pass for Mars terrain…I’m still working the Bryce Canyon pics…Let me know but I can’t really help you much more than that since I simply have too many pies in the oven.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/railroadweasel/sets/72157623725836245/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/railroadweasel/sets/72157623850275154/

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Apr 29, 2010 5:29pm PDT
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How is the quality of the binding on hardcover books? Please respond, go...
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The past year I’ve done 8 different books, numerous copies of each, all image wrap, and all are still tight.

I hope to do a 440 page book myself in the future and Blurb will get my business for sure.

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Apr 29, 2010 5:09pm PDT
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Trying to establish contact
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I think she/he needs to have published a book in order for their profile to show up with contact info.

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Mar 19, 2010 7:27pm PDT
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Preview Badges
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I can’t get it to work on my website either.

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Mar 16, 2010 5:13pm PDT
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