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Ordering Bookstore Books
Ordering and Shipping

When I try to order other people’s books from the bookstore, I don’t see where or how I can choose options like paper quality, cover material or various end sheets.  While at my friends home they tried to order paper, cover and end sheets of my book but there was also no option to do so. Shouldn’t the purchaser of books have this option? Maybe I missed something. If I did, those options opportunities should be more obvious.

Thanks, Russ

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Jan 27, 2012 7:50am PDT
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grayscale image in B&W tradebook
Book Design and Imaging

It is my understanding that Blurb will automatically convert uploaded grayscale photos to sRGB. Is this correct? And as far as "Grayscale and CMYK producing unpredictable results" — so does sRGB black & white photo books as evidenced by the many complaints of green and blue color casts in those books. Yet the latest UPDATE in the Color Management  concerning preparation of b&w photos states that Blurb accepts Grayscale photos.  HUH!

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Sep 16, 2011 7:58pm PDT
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Switching from WordPerfect to MS Word
Book Design and Imaging

Which minimum version of MS Word is required to format pages for BookSmart?  Which MS Word version is the best? 

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Sep 6, 2011 6:55pm PDT
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Making a 10x8 copy of a 13x11 book.
Book Design and Imaging

I made a 10×8 copy of a 13×11 book which hasn’t been printed/published yet (still checking for typos,etc). The book contains photos and poetry. I had to re-size the fonts smaller to fit into the smaller text containers.  Although the photos "look" OK  in preview – I’m wondering if I still should/have to down-size the photos, pixel-wise, to conform to the 10×8 image container recommendations. The photos in the 13×11 were resized originally to conform to at least the long size dimension (pixels) recommended for the image containers. I posed the same question to blurb Tech. Support and David said I should’nt have to re-size unless the photos look weird grainy, pixilated or blurry. I want to believe but I thought I’d run this by the membership/users community.

Thanks,Russ

 

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Jul 25, 2011 3:53pm PDT
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Add another catagory in Bookstore
General Interest

I’d like to see a catagory of "Documentaries" added to the Bookstore. I can’t see where a book like that would fit into any of the existing catagories. As it is now I see books I consider documentaries in "Fine Art Photography", "Portfolios", "Travel", "History",etc.

Also, does Blurb move books they consider in the wrong catagory or is it entirely up to the author?

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Jul 2, 2011 5:52pm PDT
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Can you use a picture as the background?
Book Design and Imaging

Yes, I believe you can. At least I did it but with a couple of text containers superimposed over the background photo. First you have to resize the faded background photo to the recommended size of a full page image container – if that’s what you want – In PhotoShop or other photo editing program.    In blurb edit layout,  size the image box to those specs. You can then overlay other image boxes over the full page one. I put text boxes over mine. What can’t be done is overlaying text boxes with text boxes. I hope this understandable.

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Jun 24, 2011 6:27pm PDT
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How can I order part of my book for printing?
Ordering and Shipping

Instead of downloading/uploading my whole book as a proof, I’d like to get just part of it printed. Say from a 70 page book, just 20 pages with covers of course. The reason is to check the final reproduction quality of certain questionable photographs and paying the minimum for that size instead of full price (70 pages) just to proof/check those 20.  Is this possible? In an attempt to answer my own question — My guess is to make a copy of the whole book, delete the 50 pages I do not want printed and upload the remaining 20 page copy book for printing. Is this right? Thanks.  

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Jun 21, 2011 6:00am PDT
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Picture Import Problem
BookSmart

I have a similar problem. When I drag a photo from my "Pictures" in my computer into the Booksmart photo library, two identical copies of that photo show up. After I drag one of the copies into a page image box and delete the copy I DIDN"T DRAG IN, both copies in the library dissappear but the photo is still in the page of he book. I f these two same copies are connected somehow and when I delete one of them, shouldn’t the image on the page delete also<cite>? And why-o-why am I getting two copies imported in the first place,?</cite>

 Russ

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Mar 14, 2011 7:06am PDT
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Happy with the books I've just received but ......
Ordering and Shipping

i’m very pleased with the 3 copies of my first book. I worked 2 – 1/2 years on it and so I was naturally apprehensive about the outcome. It’s a Standard Landscape, 160 pager with premium matte paper. The binding is tight and even, the text is clean and the 269 photos, both B&W and color, reproduced pretty close to what I was seeing on my monitor. 

The only problem ( in this case a potential and not an actual one) was the packaging. All three books were wrapped loosely in cellophane and then wrapped around with a thin sheet of styrofoam with the ends taped with a Blurb sticker. The box was larger than the dimensions of the bound together books by about 3 – 5 inches all around – giving them plenty of space to slide and shift around in transit. The packing tape had come loose over one box flap where you could shove a hand inside with little effort. A potential for crushed and dented book corners. Fortunately there was no damage.

This order originated in Saint Louis, MO according to the FedEx tracking record. Does anyone else have negative experiences from this printer on packaging, etc?

Thanks, Russ 

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Jan 29, 2011 6:16am PDT
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Does anyone else have this problem in 'Book Preview'?
BookSmart

When I want to preview a Standard or Large Landscape book and switch from Normal View to Full Screen View the book gets a bit smaller. This does not happen with the other book sizes. They, predictively, get larger in Full Screen View.

I’ve been in touch with Customer Support and if anyone is interested or is having this problem, I will post their answer. 

If not, it must be me.

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Jan 11, 2011 2:21pm PDT
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Preview images VS home printer images
Book Printing

Thanks Tony, but I’m not sure you answered my concerns. I’ve read here that what you see in preview is what you’ll see in the printed book. I guess I believe that to be true as far as lay-outs, etc. but what about the jaggies and broken lines on some of the photos in preview and not in a home printed copy?

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Dec 15, 2010 9:22am PDT
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Preview images VS home printer images
Book Printing

In preview mode at 100% I can see where a few diagonal lines and telephone pole wires have the jaggies or artifacts in a few photos on some pages. When I print these pages on my home printer ( really an inexpensive HP All-In-One flat bed) none of the jaggies, etc. are apparent.  Which version is likely to show in my printed book – preview or printer<cite>? NO – Which version is absolutely going to show in my book?</cite>  By the way, all the photos  (B&W)  have been resized, pixel-wise,  very closely to the recommended container size. And all are 300 dpi/ppi or whatever.

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Dec 14, 2010 8:54pm PDT
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Library binding.
Book Printing

Although this post has more to do with Perfect Binding, it may be relevent in a general sense.

http://forums.blurb.com/forums/5/topics/9113

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Dec 14, 2010 2:32pm PDT
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Am I Safe?
Book Design and Imaging

I’ve been through about 75% of the 267 photographs re-sizing them before publishing my 160 page book. Most have been down sized from 300 – 1500 or more pixels using Photoshop Elements image editing. Or 30% – 200% smaller. I’m checking the Bicubic Sharper, Resample and Constrant Proportions boxes. All at 300 dpi. Many, many times my photo does not fit neatly into the image container. And I don’t mean that there are areas of gray that extend from the edge of a photo to the edge of the container. If I left it that way, then in Preview and in the published book the container size would be changed. Instead I’ve inserted a photo in the container with the longer/wider photo dimensions the same as the short container dimensions and the longer/wider photo area extend beyond the edge of the container ( which you don’t see ). In other words – I’m cropping off two sides of a photo by inserting it in a container smaller on two sides than the photo. I’m aware of advice to crop to the exact inch size in Photoshop as the container in BookSmart. But I’ve chosen to do it this way – that is cropping in BookSmart. I hope this is clear so far. Now when I re-sample in Elements with Constrants checked I can only type exactly the number of pixels of either the width or the length of the container – taking that number from "mouse over" prompt for "optimal photo size". The other pixel dimension, width or length, changes also but not to the exact number of the container but to the new re-sampled dimension of the photo that is extended outside the box. In other words again, I’m re-sampling the whole photo, part of which is not seen but cropped out. Now – looking at the re-sampled photos in Preview and on my page print outs, they look fine. I guess I’m looking for re-assurance that the way I’m doing the re-sampling is going to look OK in the printed book just as they look OK in Preview & printer sheets. I’m almost sure that I have nothing to worry about and will NOT have to re-do them to exact size. Horrors! May be a question for Customer Support.

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Nov 25, 2010 6:51pm PDT
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scaling, downsizing????
Book Design and Imaging

I’m still confused about most of this even tho I’ve read thru other posts. In the Photoshop (Elements) resizing image box I’m having to downsample (reduce the number of pixels)  images to match/come close to the recommended size of the image container I’m using for a particular image. By the way – should I worry because the pixel dimensions of an image never seem to exactly be the same as the container recommendations?  I’m checking the bicubic sharpen box and the boxes for constrant proportions and resampling. What about the scaling box?? Nothing changes in the numbers when that box is checked or unchecked. Do I need to keep it checked all the time? I read it has something to do with maintaining width & length proportions of images.  But isn’t that what the constraint proportion checked box is for? What about when I’m upsampling – do I check the scaling box or not? Clearly there is some fundamental that I’m having dificulty grasping.      

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Nov 14, 2010 12:35pm PDT
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Version 2.9 seems better
BookSmart

Ever since I up graded to verson 2.9 the program seems to be running a lot smoother. It loads quicker and there’s hardly any jerking around when moving photos and resizing image & text boxes in the editing section. Any one else noticing this?

Russ 

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Sep 29, 2010 2:47pm PDT
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Photos are looking greenish
Book Design and Imaging

Been working on a memorial book for about 2 years. The photographs are mostly B&W processed in PS Elements 5. Cropping, spotting, contrast tweeking and imparting a little color from light  tan to brown tones. Sometimes a suble hue of yellow/gold looked good on some of the older photos from the early 20th century. As I’m looking back over some of those early pages/photos  from a year or so ago,  I’ve been noticing a definite color shift to green on my monitor where there used to be a tan or slight brown tone. More recent photos in the book look OK.  I’m using a Dell PC & monitor and I color calibrate with my ColorVision Spyder2express about once a month. I’m noticing the same color shift to green on some photos on my web site and in My Picture folders. Any thoughts on this? Is my monitor going bad?

Thanks, Russ 

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Sep 9, 2010 7:21pm PDT
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Best font size for reading
Tips and Tricks

I’m using Verdana 8 and Mistral 12 in my book. The Verdana 8 seems readable enough but the Mistral 12 seems a tad small. If I was to start over I’d up the Mistral to 13 or 14.

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Mar 11, 2010 10:10pm PDT
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Is the font size going to be big enough?
BookSmart

Thanks Titia. I’m still working on the book but have about 10 more pages of letters w/Mistral 12 to do out of about 30 pages of photos and Verdana 8 text. 

 Yeah, if I were to start over I would use Mistral 13 or 14. I can’t re-size now without a lot of work on every page. The text boxes are full top to bottom and there is no additional space on the pages to accept a larger font. I’d have to go to the next page to accommodate the same amount of text at the larger font.

When you’re previewing your pages, at what percentage on the slider is set? I’ve determined that for my book size, 10×8, to be the same size on my monitor, I have to set the slider at 70%. I know this because some months ago I ordered a copy of the same book with only 30 pages done to see how it looked and printed thus far. So when I compare the pages of that book copy and the pages I’ve printed here on my printer and the pages on my monitor at 70% – the dimensions and sizes of the photos, word and sentence lengths and text container dimensions are all the same. 

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Mar 11, 2010 9:58pm PDT
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Is the font size going to be big enough?
BookSmart

I’m re-typing a bunch of letters in my 8×10 landscape book and am using the font called Mistral at size 12. Is this size going to be big enough to read easily when published? The other font/size I’m also using but for regular text is Verdana size 8, which seems OK. When I soft proof pages on my printer, the Mistral seems a tad small – maybe should have used size 13 0r 14. Any thoughts or advise?  I know I can not re-size up at this point. Hoping the book pages will print with more clarity  than my desk top printer and cheap ink jet paper.

Thanks, Russell

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Mar 6, 2010 8:44am PDT
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Photo and text box shift
BookSmart

Thinking again. When i switched a few pages around I didn’t have the "Lock pages" option on. Should I have?

Russ

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Jan 28, 2010 8:12pm PDT
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Photo and text box shift
BookSmart

Yes – come to think of it – I did something like that. I’ve been creating my own page layouts ( 2-3 photos and a text box ) which are different for each page so I do not save any in anticipation of re-using them. The shifting happened some short time AFTER I switched a few pages around as noted above. This was near the area of pages 60 – 64 and explains why, as you suggest, some left & right pages got "mixed up" in illogical order. Or as I understand it;   I have a left hand page with 3 photos & a text box and a header with the title positioned all the way to the left limit of the header box. And the left edges of the photos and/or body text box are exactly lined up to that left  header edge. Now, if I highlight the whole page and move it to a right page position somewhere, the header text box will shift to the right, naturally, and leave the page layout the same and out of alignment with the title. But it doesn’t explain why this action would affect almost all of the previous pages where no changes or pages were inserted, also as noted above. Maybe I’m missing something here?

Russ

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Jan 28, 2010 7:47pm PDT
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Cannot open my book backup.
BookSmart

Thanks Tony.

Russ

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Jan 28, 2010 12:30pm PDT
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Cannot open my book backup.
BookSmart

One other wrinkle. When I do open up the Saved Backup version in BookSmart, it opens as the current edited version and not the one I backed up, say, the day or week before. What’s with that?

Russ

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Jan 28, 2010 12:12pm PDT
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Cannot open my book backup.
BookSmart

When I click "Create a Book Archive/Backup" in the FILE drop down and save it to My Documents or external hard drive storage and try to then open it, I can’t. None of the programs recognize nor will they open it because of it’s "book" file extension.  BookSmart will. Can I download a program that will allow me to open it or can I change the file format? I’m not too hip in this area.

Russ

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Jan 28, 2010 11:19am PDT
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