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QUESTION FOR ALL: Unsure about Blurb
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Just  a little tidbit.  I have done several books and the way I do it now is mostly through  scrapbooking software and then save each page as ‘page1’, ‘page2’, etc and save them at a jpg file – I am using Scrapbook Factory right now and it seems to work good.  That way, I can just upload my pages as a full bleed photo on Blurb and I still have all my original work.  I just got a large format printer and because I saved them as jpg files, I can just print them.  I had to learn some tweeking on saving the jpg files and can get more specific if you need that.    Wendy

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Apr 20, 2009 10:02pm PDT
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Please give me tips on my book Life after Death
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What kind of tips are you looking for? layout? how to sell? how to promote?  I think the book looks amazing!  I have read several books on this and I love the artwork you have – I sure it doesn’t come close to the real beauty you saw, but it is very inspiring!  I plan to put an order in for one of the books.  You could do 40 pages for the same price as 22 – were you able to get the whole story in?  I am anxious to see what you learned and how your life has changed since this happened.  This is one way to get the word out, but you may want to look into what some have done with Amazon – you really have a story to tell and I know many will want to hear it! Good luck and you can contact me personally for more info on the Blurb  - I have done over a dozen books.  wjukich@hotmail.com  - Thanks for sharing! Wendy

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Apr 20, 2009 4:15pm PDT
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Other bookmaking sites
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you must have to cut and paste to get the whole link – only part of it gets highlighted for linking.

 

http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDJgwZOGDJs3bgqmgx7a 

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Apr 19, 2009 11:21am PDT
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Other bookmaking sites
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Max – here is a how Shutterfly does their ‘book preview’  link: http://community.shutterfly.com/gallery/post/start.sfly?postId=/gallery/1/post/GMGDJgwZOGDJs3bgqmgx7a    – you can also do a ‘full screen’ view which is nice.  This a book I did on both Blurb and Shutterfly – the one on Blurb is lots more pages due to the pricing.  I love the ‘stars rating’, the ‘comments’ area and the ‘preview’ features of Shutterlfy.  Blurb has a better binding – the binding on the Shutterfly doesn’t go all the way to the edge, so it is ‘flimsy’.  The cover is thinner, but the pages are a little heavier in Shutterfly.  I like the ‘wrap around’ cover in Blurb versus the cover with a view window in Shutterfly.  The photos seem to be more grainy in Shutterfly, but the book is also a little bigger (8 1/2" by 11").  The colors seem to be about the same.  I used shutterfly because I had a gift certifcate from my co-workers, so it was a good chance to try it.  Shutterfly is $29.99 for the first 20 pages and then $1/per page after that (that’s about what MyPufblisher is, too).  So my book with 55 pages was $65 there and would be $35 on Blurb.  That’s a big difference when you do a lot of pages.  Wendy

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Apr 19, 2009 11:17am PDT
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Bookstore Staff Picks - Do They Actually Look Inside?
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I would love to see the ‘stars’ or comments areas, too – they do have comments area in Shutterfly books.  It is fun to see the comments people make and know what the possible selling potential is of your book or even just for your own use in the next book you do.   Wendy

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Apr 19, 2009 10:41am PDT
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Other bookmaking sites
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I have used Lulu, My Publisher, Shutterfly, Walgreens and Blurb.  The quality of Shutterfly and Lulu were disappointing and the price was much higher.  The quality of the paper and colors for MyPublisher are very good, but the price is high.  I usually use them if I have a coupon for ‘buy one, get one free’ and I want to do more than one book.  I usually use them for wedding albums. Their layouts are really nice, especially for wedding.  Blurb has good quality and by far the best prices especially if you are doing more than 20 pages (the base price for most of the oher ones).  The one thing I really like about all the other ones other than Blurb is that you can view the whole book.  I did one on Shutterfly and I can send the link to anyone and they can view every page of the book.  For MyPublisher, you can share the book with family and friends – you send an email to them and they need a password from you to view the book – a little more cumbersome, but works to view the whole book.  I have some relatives who could not afford to buy the book, but will view it online over and over.  Blurb is a good place to do a ‘proof’ book and see how the layout is and then you can do a better version of it on the higher quality paper (I haven’t tried the new paper, yet).  Whatever way you do your book, the most amount of time is spent in the layout, so make sure you are happy with that part of it and watch out for the outer edges and the binding areas – allow plenty for both.  Blurb is a great way to start out. Wendy 

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Apr 19, 2009 9:01am PDT
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it's not very polite ...
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Does Blurb delete all books after one year?  or just if they have had a sale?  I have several books and have family still looking for them.  They show up on my page, but when I try to view them, I only get the cover – is that why?  Would you have to buy a book to get it back on Blurb?  I lost some of mine when I changed computers and Blurb updated their software and I had not saved in the ‘old’ version.  Not sure if there is a way to get those back so I could upload them again.  Wendy

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Apr 19, 2009 8:41am PDT
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Is something unusual happening in the Bookstore?
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jaxonmadison – your play ‘Sis’ sounds very interesting – if you ever put it in a ‘story’ book version, can you let me know – wjukich@hotmail.com.  My husband is a story teller and I have tried to get him to put the stories on the computer so I could have them printed.  This would be a good way to do that.  Wendy

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Apr 19, 2009 8:35am PDT
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Is something unusual happening in the Bookstore?
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Thanks for asking – I was wondering, too – went from around 20 to over 1,000.  I haven’t done a new book for a few months, so couldn’t figure out what was going on.  I wish they could tell us which books are being viewed.  I have several books and don’t know which ones people might be looking at.  Not nice of them to get us all excited that people might be looking.

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Apr 19, 2009 8:27am PDT
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if anyone wants a few photoshop scrapbook layouts..
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On this same vein, I would like to find one software that will do soft edges and will do drop shadows on 3 sides of a photo .  I saw one book in Blurb that had great photos with black 3 sided shadows on a white background and they looked very professional.  I know it can be done in Photoshop, but it’s time consuming to get all 3 sides just right.  I end up using different softwares for different layouts because one will do one thing and not another, etc.

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Jan 22, 2008 7:16pm PDT
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if anyone wants a few photoshop scrapbook layouts..
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I would definitely be interested.  Always anxious to try new things.  I have been using a scrapbooking software, but this sounds interesting, too.  Please email to wjukich@hotmail.com.  Thanks, Wendy

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Jan 22, 2008 7:11pm PDT
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Newbie photo and copy layout question
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One of the ways you can do what you want, as far as a picture layout, is to use a scrapbooking software (I use Scrapbook Factory) or something like PictureIt and lay out your pictures the way you want.  Then export them at 300dpi and jpg high quality and you can use that jpg file as a full bleed photo.   I have done this and it works great.  Gives you a lot more options as far a photo layout.  I have even done ones where I put a photo as the back ground and lay other photos over it – you can change the ‘transparency’ of the background photo so it is not so busy.  Have fun trying!   Wendy

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Jan 22, 2008 7:05pm PDT
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changes once submitted
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I can sympathize with you.  I did that, too.  As you have probably found out, once you press the ‘order’ button there is no going back.  My error was in the spelling of ‘Wisconsin’ on the front cover!  One of my bosses ordered one of the books as a gift and of course he saw the error right away.  Since then I have ordered 8 more copies, but I had to fix my error and redo the book upload again.  Does anyone know if you can get just a new cover for the books?  I would order just 3 covers for the original ones I ordered if I could.  You can order just a cover from MyPublisher, but their books are more expensive, a different size and you pay more for the cover.  It looks like Blurb is trying to improve, so maybe some of these things will get better in the future – especially if you ordered only hours ago.  

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Dec 20, 2007 7:27pm PDT
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Very disappointed.
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Just wanted to let Stephanie know the quality of the bigger books are better, but maybe the processing is getting better now, too.  I have done 7 books.  The colors on the bigger books were better, but I have been learning on the editing, too.   I did find the black backgrounds work in some places, but work against the photo in other areas.  My ‘Zoo’ book was an experiment in colored backgrounds and to see if the background colors in Blurb really did match my photo colors – pretty good, but would stay away from bright colors in the future.  I have done 6 books on My Publisher and have found the quality to be the same – even the thickness of the pages.  Just be careful of the edges and the inside – use the 1/8" rule for that.  All together I am wonderully pleased with Blurb and the price can’t be beat – the covers are absolutely stunning!  Try a bigger book and good luck!

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Dec 19, 2007 10:09pm PDT
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