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My first public book...and I love it !
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Those look lovely!

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Aug 28, 2007 6:59am PDT
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Arts & Photography as two separate bookstore categories?
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Hi Jack – Wow! I totally missed those options! I should learn to read more closely… unless they were added in the last week, or so, after I published. :)  

I’m really glad I can change categories, btw. Which I just did.  Thanks for responding.

And pictureme – thank you too! 

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Aug 28, 2007 6:58am PDT
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Arts & Photography as two separate bookstore categories?
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Hi, fellow Blurbians –

Just an idea that popped into my head when I was over in the bookstore… it seems that the "art" books: drawing, painting, collage, photos of sculpture, sketchbooks, etc. are drowning in a sea of photography-only books.

What would folks (staff or otherwise) think of pulling the two genres apart into two separate entities? 

I know this isn’t in the spirit of artistic "togetherness" and I’m not AT ALL intimating that photography isn’t "art" – no way! I was simply musing over how the category of "Arts and Photography" has become a mixing pot that contains not only books of paintings, for example, but also books of wedding photos all fit together within one category.  That seems confusing for a book-buyer. Wouldn’t it make browsing easier if they were separated?

I guess this leads to another question – do the staff monitor that the categories are being used properly?

Anyway – not complaining… just throwing out some talking points.

My best,

Megan 

 

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Aug 27, 2007 1:04pm PDT
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Do they come with a box?
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If I were to mail one of my 44-pagers to a client, I think I’d slip it into a really nice, heavy envelope (e.g., http://paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/envelopes/presentation.html). That size is a pretty thin book. Bigger than that, yeah, I’d consider a box. I bet there’s gotta be an online resource for those… I recall getting one with my wedding photos not that long ago.

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Aug 23, 2007 12:02pm PDT
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Image Size
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Hey – Those dimensions you list are the exact pixel by pixel dimensions of each file you’ve imported. That’s not exactly the same as dpi (dots per inch). It’s a confusing relationship thing that I don’t entirely understand either. Ideal dpi for your book is 300 and anything less is going to be fuzzy, that I do know.

I don’t use Corel Draw, but, in Photoshop, you can check your dpi under "image size". It will also show your pixel by pixel dimensions.

The one rule I also know for sure is that you cannot increase dpi or pixel size without losing some clarity. The only way to "correct" a resolution issue is to re-scan your image at the proper resolution (or higher).

As for Booksmart and what it does to images when you drag & drop ‘em, I do believe it does size them to an "ideal size" for the container. Mine would often be too big for the page and I’d have to decrease them which ended up having no effect on the resolution, but, the same rule applies here that I mentioned above… if you try to increase the image’s size, you might see the little warning triangle and not get the outcome you want (i.e. fuzziness). 

Did that help at all? I feel like I’m rambling. Anyway, like I said, some of its a mystery to me too, so, I hope others jump in. :)

Megan 

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Aug 23, 2007 11:58am PDT
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Do they come with a box?
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I ordered four 44-page books (2 softcover & 2 hardcover) and they came in their UPS envelope/package and that was about it. The softcovers were shrink-wrapped, I do believe.

Hope that helps.

Megan 

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Aug 23, 2007 11:48am PDT
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My bookstore URL
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Ah ha! I happened upon how this can be done in another thread.

Apparently, you can keep your book private, but still use the "announce" feature. It will send a special URL to the people you choose only via their email addresses.

The response from Blurb staff about this feature is here:  http://forums.blurb.com/forums/3/topics/268 

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Aug 20, 2007 12:51pm PDT
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featured book question
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I was curious about this too. Is it based on sales or does someone there at Blurb see something and think, "Oo! Cool!" and it becomes featured?

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Aug 20, 2007 6:42am PDT
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BookSmart's making my white backgrounds look slightly grey
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Hi Wendy – Didn’t see that requirement anywhere, no… and, since nothing ended up being grey w/ my high res jpgs, I’m ok with continuing to use them. thanks, Though.

PS> Just found this info in the FAQ: "Make sure your images are JPG or PNG format."

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Aug 19, 2007 11:51am PDT
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BookSmart's making my white backgrounds look slightly grey
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Update: I received my books with no visible grey tone in the background. Must just be the settings on my computer/the program. Hooray for no grey!

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Aug 18, 2007 3:38pm PDT
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Full bleed 1/8 inch trim from edges
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I would say do all the edges. I alloted for the 1/8th of an inch (albeit, not super-carefully) and when I got my copies back, I had some close trims and some cuts offs. My solution was just to re-size and re-upload. Anyway, I say err on the side of caution because they’re not kidding on the cropping.

Oh, and I saw more "close calls" on the softcover than hardcover in the 7×7" books. 

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Aug 18, 2007 3:34pm PDT
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Opening/importing VERY LARGE books
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My updated experience: I started over and didn’t import/delete too many photos as I worked with the book and it ran fine. I even made my second book and it never saw any of the slow downs the first one did. So… I don’t know if the importing or the back & forth with the pictures caused the problem, but, I do know that once I stopped doing it, I had no more troubles.

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Aug 18, 2007 3:31pm PDT
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SO. HAPPY.
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Thanks, Roxana – You can see the inside by clicking the "pdf preview" button on <a href="http://www.blurb.com/user/redmeg8">the page where the books are sold on Blurb</a>, there’s a picture of one of the interiors above, and/or, click on the words "drawing-a-day project" in my post above (at the very top) and it’ll take you to a page where all of the artwork is on display.

:) 

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Aug 18, 2007 3:28pm PDT
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Postage - who wants an option to send books via the local postal service
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Most of my business will be uneffected by high postage since I’m in the US and so are most of my customers, but, I support this initiative nonetheless. It just occurred to me last night that I’ll probably have to buy one/two of my books for a friend in the Canary Islands and ship it to her myself because, well, 1. I doubt you ship there, and 2. even if you did, the shipping rate would be FAR more than she can afford. That will be my solution for now, but, I’m certainly not going to start footing the bill for everyone who orders from me outside the US.

And, as others have stated, some people (incl. me, actually) would rather have more shipping options. 

Really, you need to answer the question of ‘why’ (things are set up this way)... I love you guys and even I am a bit wary as to what’s behind the higher shipping.

Thank you. 

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Aug 17, 2007 5:12am PDT
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SO. HAPPY.
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Go for it, Jessica! It is sucha rewarding thing to do… even if I had never published them. It’s been an amazing journey :)

Thank you all for looking!

Megan

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Aug 16, 2007 7:46pm PDT
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resizing text boxes?
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Ann! Very smart of you!  I’ll plan on doing that next time around… thanks for the tip!

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Aug 16, 2007 4:40pm PDT
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My bookstore URL
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Oops! I need to read… I missed the part about it being "private".

Sorry about that! I don’t know in that case. 

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Aug 16, 2007 4:39pm PDT
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My bookstore URL
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This is mine:

http://www.blurb.com/user/redmeg8

Just change my user name to yours, and you should be good.

Also, if you’re logged in, that URL will take you to your dashboard page, but rest assurd that your users will get to the right place. I tested this just today. 

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Aug 16, 2007 4:38pm PDT
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SO. HAPPY.
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Hi everyone – I just wanted to report on my experience with my Blurb books which arrived today. They are volumes of drawings from my drawing-a-day project. The books are 7×7", 44 pages each.

I love them! The color is FANTASTIC (a VERY important thing to me since they’re books of my artwork) and the bindings are strong. I could not be more thrilled to sell these. Thank you thank you thank you! When I saw them, I got misty. Seriously!

 two hardcover interiors

spines

two hardcovers and two softcovers

In the bottom photo, the upper two books are hardcovers and the bottom two are softcovers. I was equally pleased w/ the quality/color of both versions, but I must say that it’s pretty cool to have the hardcover w/ its dust jacket. ;)

An aside: I had a greyish tone behind my artwork ever though I checked and double checked that it was 100% white in Bookmart. Well, now that I have the books in my hands, I can say that it was an artifact from the program – there’s no grey at all in the final thing.

Thank you, Blurb!

I am beyond words.

Megan 

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Aug 16, 2007 4:31pm PDT
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Where to locate image folder on computer so "Get Photos" finds them?
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That is strange as I’m using the same version of the program as you are AND on an identical Mac. Sorry I didn’t have any more ideas!

I hope you sort it out!

Meg 

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Aug 7, 2007 5:05am PDT
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Where to locate image folder on computer so "Get Photos" finds them?
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Hi Ann – I didn’t use iPhoto either and simply created a "book art" folder on my desktop. One thing you might want to check is that the images are high resolution .JPGS  

Originally, mine were Photoshop files and BookSmart can’t "see" those so I had to change them.

You can put your folder pretty much anywhere and browse to it in the program.  Does that help?

Megan 

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Aug 6, 2007 1:58pm PDT
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BookSmart's making my white backgrounds look slightly grey
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Yeah, I did that… hmm… well, I’m about to order my review copies, so, we’ll see what they look like when I get ‘em. Thanks, though.

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Aug 6, 2007 12:53pm PDT
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BookSmart's making my white backgrounds look slightly grey
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Hey everyone – is anyone else experiencing this?

I’ve saved my files as sRGB in Photoshop on my Mac and made absolutely sure their backgrounds’ are all clean and pure white (according to the color picker – #ffffff; not by just using my eyes). When I drop them into BookSmart, however, it bestows a not-so-desireable slight grey tint to the background.

Am I doing something wrong here? It’s going to be a total distraction if my book prints this way.

Any help or ideas would be mucho appreciated!

Thanks.   Megan 

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Aug 5, 2007 9:14pm PDT
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The Program is Super Slow - What am I doing wrong
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I was having the same issues with the ultra-slow downs that soon became complete crashes every time I attempted even the smallest thing in BookSmart. I decided to not contact tech support before I went thru the task of re-creating my book (7×7", 44 pages, and all photos of my artwork).

I’m here to report that it worked fine. I’m wondering if moving pictures in and out of the library multiple times and changing things over and over again bogs the program down. This 2nd time around, I created a specific folder w/ my images ready to go and dropped them in (no back and forth). The thing never locked up or slowed down and now I’m ready to publish.

Thank God, I say. I was getting super-frustrated just like all of you. I know it’s a pain, but, maybe this is a do-or-die option for some?

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Aug 5, 2007 8:49pm PDT
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Copyright Issues
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I just want to add that it’s awesome that you’re taking the time to seek out those individuals in your photos and do things "right", as far as copyright goes. SO MANY folks don’t even bother.

As a professional artist, I applaude your efforts and thank you. 

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Aug 4, 2007 8:38am PDT
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