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Not so sure about Full Book Preview
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To the OP: Charles, give a look to Chris Anderson’s new book “Free: the Future of a Radical Price.” The audiobook is available on iTunes (for free) and online here (also for free)

http://books.google.com/books?id=lLZbXN2odVYC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_navlinks_s#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Basically Blurb is providing you (and us) a free service with the idea that the free content will drive sales, not kill sales.

Sales may not be immediate, but may help you with sales of your limited edition signed and numbered prints. You might also consider creating a less expensive, shorter “selected works” book at 7″×7″ to provide a low(er) cost alternative to the “big book”. Just a thought. HTH

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Aug 13, 2009 6:21am PDT
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Not so sure about Full Book Preview
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Honestly, I think I am far MORE likely to buy a book if I can see the whole thing — just like in a physical bookstore. As for getting images off a 30" monitor, they are still lo-res and in general artists rarely steal from each other. Sure it happens, but I think it is the exception rather than the rule.

Also if I have a “Library” of books available to me on Blurb, that is to my mind a great plus. I seriously doubt that I’d lose a sale because someone can see the work and likes it. I think the reverse is far more likely. JMO of course!

I am both a fine art photographer and publisher BTW, and I am embracing the changes, because I feel strongly that fighting them is fighting a turning tide. As Bucky Fuller said “Don’t fight forces; use them.”

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Aug 12, 2009 9:38am PDT
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How About a Wishlist Feature?
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I use Wish Lists at Amazon and B&H and other stores to keep track of things I like but may not be ready to buy at the moment.

I’d love it if I found a great book if I could simply add it to my personal “Wish List”

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Aug 12, 2009 9:32am PDT
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Program working REALLY SLOW!!! Help
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For those of us with older Macs, a good tack is to max out RAM (now cheap) buy a faster System drive (also cheap) and upgrade the GPU (not as cheap and maybe harder to find) but still taken altogether you can improve overall system performance and keep the machine viable for another year or two or three.

My first generation PowerMac G5 dual 2.0GHz is now at 6GB RAM, a fast new WD Caviar Black 1TB system drive ($110) and has a Radeon X800XT video card. Updating now to Leopard 10.5.8. I find my system to be pretty darn good at running most anything I throw at it — including Photoshop CS4, Aperture 2 and the latest version of Booksmart.

Completely workable IMO.

Plus definitely follow Jeremy’s advice of optimizing your images for the book.

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Aug 7, 2009 5:48pm PDT
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