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help! Big Difference between hardcover & softcover printing
Book Printing

I ordered copies of the same book in hardcover and softcover.
The softcover looks fine but the hardcover has printed much darker.

The jacket on the hardcover has a green cast to it and has obliterated most of the highlights, it’s a black and white image. It printed so dark you can barley make out the image.

I understand the dust jackets may be printed on a different machine, but why the discrepancy between the inside pages? Even the color cast’s are different between the two.

How would you correct for this in the future? Do you need to have separate files for both hard and soft covers to make sure they print properly?

thanks for any help.

the book in question is here,
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/231446

- Jonathan

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May 12, 2008 12:58pm PDT
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I'm happy! first books: thoughts with pictures
Book Printing

thanks guys =)

I plan on making a book about my two cats, I’m sure it will be a best seller :-P

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May 12, 2008 8:56am PDT
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I'm happy! first books: thoughts with pictures
Book Printing

I just received the first two books I sent to Blurb.

Overall I’m happy with the results. I have a few things to offer in way of a critique.

First if you’d like to see some images of the books themselves you may look here,
http://jonathanhaledesign.com/blurb/index.html
I did no color correction or sharpening of these images, some of them needed to be lightened due to dark exposure.

First I found the packing to be well done. The box would have to get crushed for anything to happen to the books.

Covers:
On the hard cover copy the dust jacket was folded a bit off.
on the soft cover it was printed a bit off register so that some of the white on the spine wraps around over onto the front cover.
Both covers printed well as far as color and exposure.

Printing:
the paper has a luxurious feel to it. who ever picked out the paper did an excellent job. I love the matte silkiness it imparts, it’s the perfect choice for an art book, or anything else for that matter.

I used no ICC profiles on purpose for the first printing. I wanted to see how the printer handled my files with no help from me. Some of them came from lightroom, and some of them came from photoshop. I had a mix of color, and black and whites I had toned in photoshop using the color sliders. I was really happy with the overall color. Especially in the toned black and white shots.
Some of the shots did print a bit darker than my files, about 15-20% I’d say. fortunately they did not print dark enough to ruin any of the shots. I now have a good idea of how to prepare my images for future printings.

Text:
I was very happy with the text in the books. it was all very crisp and printed perfectly.

Layout:
Some of the layouts worked great, and some not so well. A few of the full bleeds would have been better off printed with borders. Some of the image gets lost in the binding of the book, and this makes two full bleed pages next to each other look pretty bad. Unless there is a lot of negative space around the subjects I would limit myself to one full bleed per spread from now on. How a double spread would print I’d be concerned with. I think you’d loose to much of the image in the middle for it to look proper.

Overall I’m real happy with the printing Blurb has achieved. I’ll be producing some more books and will begin promoting the two books I’ve created already.

thanks Blurb,

- jonathan hale

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May 7, 2008 2:33pm PDT
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Split 1000 ISBNs ?? they are super cheap then!
General Interest

well it turns out this is not a great idea, I heard back from Bowker:

Splitting a block of ISBNs at all is absolutely not possible. All of the
ISBNs in a block are identified by the same prefix—the first several
digits of all the numbers in the block are the same. And this first
several digits—the prefix—can only identify one company or person. It
is not possible to have a block of ISBNs identify more than one person
or company.

When people try this they only find out that bookstores will not take
their books because they do not own the ISBN (they are not the publisher
of record).

So please do not do this. It will only cause confusion in the
marketplace, the inability to register titles in industry databases,
and, of course, authors who were once friends quarreling amongst
themselves.

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May 5, 2008 12:09pm PDT
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Split 1000 ISBNs ?? they are super cheap then!
General Interest

I was reading up on buying ISBN numbers the pricing is,
10 ISBNs: $275.00
100 ISBNs: $995.00
1000 ISBNs: $1,750.00

Obviously getting 1000 numbers is the best deal by far.
Are there 9 other Blurb members out there who would want to chip in $175 each to own 100 ISBN’s each? that’s a HUGE savings!

Please respond here and email me at jhale@jonathanhale.com
Please list ISBN share in the subject line.

thanks

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May 2, 2008 6:37pm PDT
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page visits vs. number of books sold
General Interest

CWN, thank you for your reply. I guess I’ve been doing the same thing, looking at peoples books.
I’ve seen a bunch I’d like to buy. If I got them all I could not afford to get my own ;-)

maybe some day Blurb could organize a book swap :-)

I’m in the process of creating my own little library of titles, once I get enough to choose from I’ll begin to market them.

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Apr 30, 2008 5:21pm PDT
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Blurb Logo... How obtrusive is it?
Tips and Tricks

arg, I wish I had read this last night.
oh well, the first few copies I ordered were just proofs for myself.
though to make a new title page will mean ordering new books…

thanks for the tip =)

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Apr 30, 2008 7:39am PDT
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page visits vs. number of books sold
General Interest

hi all,

I uploaded my first book today. I was not planning on tracking sales or data on it, I did not even know Blurb had that feature. Now I’m intrigued by the idea.

I wanted to know from people that have sold books here if you found an average number of page visits equaled X number of books sold. I guess this would not apply to wedding or event books, because those have a built in finite base to sell to.
It’s mostly the art books that I’m interested in hearing about.

thanks for the help,

- jonathan

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Apr 29, 2008 4:28pm PDT
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Online Selling for Professional Photographers
Web Features

I know this is not a perfect solution, but when you give the client a CD can’t the resolution be for proofing only? If they only had small 72dpi images would that not prevent them from even printing a book?
if you have to give out high res images then I guess this won’t work for you.

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Apr 29, 2008 1:40pm PDT
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Adding Pages in bulk
Tips and Tricks

I’d like to know this also. most of my books will be 100+ pages.

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Apr 29, 2008 1:05pm PDT
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