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Customer paper options question.
Book Printing

I see you haven’t had any reply yet, Duane, but I have the exact same question. My book is more than 100 pages LARGE SQUARE and it is a hard sell (so expensive) even to family and friends, even if I give it to them at Cost Price. I consider the standard paper very thin and not very professional, and would like to offer them the choice of Upgrades, but it seems to me, as you say, that it is one or the other. Surely, if Blurb has the software to allow US the choice to upgrade when WE buy OUR OWN books, surely it would take very little extra effort on their part (Blurb’s) to allow the consumer the same options. In fact, I think it would make all the difference (from a professional standpoint) and result in more books being sold all around. I fully encourage fellow BLURB authors to very strongly voice there support (opinion) on this.

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Aug 10, 2012 2:40am PDT
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I get the above message. What does it mean? What is ‘href’ and what is a plugin and why would I want it? I am sure there are simple answers to this but i am a senior and I am really struggling with anything on Blurb. It is so complicated, it’s unbelievable. For example. What is an ebook? Do i have to buy one from Blurb in order to sell my work as an ebook. But, why would I want to buy it when I already have it on my computer. Any answers would be most helpful

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Aug 5, 2012 4:32am PDT
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Red scissor lines, pink zones
Book Design and Imaging

Thanks Tony and Loricherokee for your helpful and informtive answers. I now know what I should aim at for a full bleed for the top, left, and bottom. Aim for the scissor lines but don’t put anything critical in the 1/4". But in a full-bleed double page spread, it seems to me that part of the image gets absorbed into the central fold because the very nature of the spine doesn’t allow the book to open flat, particularly so in a minimal-page hardback version. In your experience, should I even duplicate a sliver of the image on both L and R pages to compensate for this? Thanks!

Peter

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Aug 15, 2010 10:01pm PDT
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Red scissor lines, pink zones
Book Design and Imaging

I am also confused because the red scissor line is supposed to indicate where the page will be cut. The idea of the pink zone seems to be that Blurb is covering its options just in case the page wasn’t actually cut at the red line in case of customer complaints. Point is, when you want a full bleed, where should we put the edge of the image. If we put it to the inside edge of the pink zone, top, left, bottom and right, will we still get a full bleed?

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Aug 15, 2010 3:42am PDT
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Help with understanding trimming guides and the pink border please.
Book Design and Imaging

I am also confused because the red scissor line is supposed to indicate where the page will be cut. The idea of the pink zone seems to be that Blurb is covering its options just in case the page wasn’t actually cut at the red line in case of customer complaints. Point is, when you want a full bleed, where should we put the edge of the image. If we put it to the inside edge of the pink zone, top, left, bottom and right, will we still get a full bleed?

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Aug 15, 2010 3:39am PDT
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Cambodia?
Ordering and Shipping

Any thoughts when Cambodia will be a delivery option? I ordered my own book and had it sent to a friend in Japan. I think postage was about $25, but then it cost me another $25 for my friend to send it to to me here in Cambodia. Like people in other countries not listed, we can order from Amazon and countless other online stores, so why not Blurb? Another point to mention here is this: Your usual answer to this problem seems to be that we should have our books sent to a third party in another country. The truth is that many of us don’t have trusted friends in other countries, let alone even know people in other countries, who could send our books on to us. Would US residents be willing to have their books sent to third party countries to forward onto them? I very much doubt it. I think if Blurb wants to be a global company, they will have to give some serious thought to this problem. Meanwhile, any thoughts when  Cambodia will be put on the delivery roster, please let me know. Thanks!

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Aug 15, 2010 3:22am PDT
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