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Book commenting feature in the works. Tell us what you think.
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cool feature !   should help those wanting to purchase

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Jul 8, 2009 9:59am PDT
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Anyone Received a Book With ImageWrap Cover Yet?
Book Printing

I held off n comments as I wanted to be absolutely sure to give an objective comment

As someone who has used blurb to print the same book in 3 different versions: softcover, hardcover with dustjacket and hard cover with imagewrap I do feel I ma entitled to share my disappointment

When my books both  in softcover and hardcover with dustjacket arrived, the initial reaction was WOW. I recently wanted to get the book printed for those special friends and customers – this time with the imagewrap but all I could say when it arrived (SPEEDY DELIVERY AS USUAL, thanks Blurb!) was YIIIIKES!

cf247 hit th enail on the head

cheap or cheap-ish was the first word that came to mind

I like a matte finish so that’s not the issue, but I just do not want to give or sell the book in it’s image wrap version as it looks completely un-professional where as the other versions look really good. It even has white stains (handling?) and scratches  all over it; both front and back  – I did not even touch the book and already it looks and feels as if it was handled by dozens of people. Binding is also not as expected.

really not acceptable for the extra cost so i will need to contact customer service

By the way quality of the printing is of the same quality as the other books ordered previously , printing and delivery was also very fast so overall happy with blurb, don’t get me wrong. 

I am now just stuck with 10 books I can neither sell or give away 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m still on the fence. I know that the fact that the book arrived damaged in the upper left corner is coloring my opinion. It makes me wonder if the book will hold up to repeated handling. There are also white flecks on the cover- but that’s due to the printing process and I’ve had issues with that on many of my Blurb books.

I still feel the book feels somehow “cheaper” than a book of the same page count does in hard cover
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Jul 22, 2008 6:45am PDT
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Flash Flippin' Preview Instead?
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my book wasn’t a staff pick but just noticed I got the flash review – cool!  If and when the FULL flash preview will become a standard functionality I’ll do more books. The first 15 pages of mine are discouraging buyers rather than making them want to buy the book – colours and movement are only added after the first 20 pages… so full book review PLEEEEASZEEE

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Jul 11, 2008 10:02am PDT
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There is a lot of SATISFACTION in the forums
Book Printing

count me in as a very happy customer  (as already mentioned on some posts). book arrived BEFORE expected arrival date and quality was MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED

fschling – same here, this was the only downside but BLURB did replace my faulty copies (printed in the NL) with new ones

 

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Feb 12, 2008 12:30pm PDT
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Blurb in the Netherlands??
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zelf ook tevreden belgische blurb klant

binding liet bij de 2de order te wensen over maar lurb liet meteen nieuwe examplaren drukken

print kwaliteit betr dan verwacht en snel, heel snel – voor de "expected ship date" waren de boeken reeds ter plaatse met UPS 

 

 

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Feb 12, 2008 12:24pm PDT
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An idea for international authors
General Interest

thought about this too but the admin and the extra step scares me a little … what if EVERYONE wants to buy a copy  ? :):)

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Jan 16, 2008 3:39am PDT
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How do I know how many copies of my book have been ordered?
Ordering and Shipping

same here, I keep gettig emails that people have ordered my book but I have no way whatsoever to know HOW MANY copies have been sold. friends (more than me:) want me to make a profit  on my book but this is not possible living outside the US

Such a shame! I’d like to know – at least – how many copies have been sold

Please please please focus on this service – think I might withdraw the book from sales until this feature is offered outside the US

 

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Dec 17, 2007 2:44am PDT
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Made a 300 pages 13x11 and want to make it in 8x10.
Tips and Tricks

got the same but reverse, might want to make a book in bigger size but I dread to think to redo all the pages so you might want to add this to your list of new functionalities:)

 

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Dec 17, 2007 2:37am PDT
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A better preview of the book than the bookstore
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damn, this looks good !!!! and it’ s exactly what I wanted to do based on the fact that my first 15 pages are NOT representative of the 130 following ones (black and white where once after page 15 colours start coming in)

 Would you mind sharing how this was done. I have downloaded some free software to make flippable previews but unfotunately the .book extension does not allow for a good results

pleaaaaazeee….

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Dec 17, 2007 2:30am PDT
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Book Looks Fantastic. Thank you Blurb for such a great job
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if you add a feature to blurb that automatically tidies up cupboards when ordering a new book, I’ll be your customer for life:)

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Dec 13, 2007 1:46pm PDT
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Book Looks Fantastic. Thank you Blurb for such a great job
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Could not agree more. Blurb has helped me organize my thoughts, arrange my images in such a way they come out as a "whole" not just a series of photographs. So far no glitzes, quality is as good as it gets. I will be using booksmart for many more books to come: not cheap but it’s convenient , allows to apply personal style, have us present  our work in a pro way without having to have endless discussions with printers, share online and is relatively quick

my first test book arrived and made me want to make a second , more serious attempt to "tell a story" in images

Only reason the first one wasn’t that great is because I did a sloppy lay outing job – can not expect blurb to solve this for me:). Overall the test version still came out better than expected

Can’t wait to the 20 copies of  my second book  which I am sure will turn out great and will make the perfect xmas present for friends who share the same passion and who forced me to make an effort to "finally do something" with my work

thank you

2 requests though

The functionalities i am really looking for is

- to be able to share the book in process on line and have others work on it. (to improve lay out, change fonts  etc). Any chance of this in the future?

- choice of 15, 20, 25 , 30 etc preview pages in pdf as my first 15 pages are not really representative of the complete book experience (starting off with B and W, then gradually going into vibrant coloured pages)

- a canned electronic version of book that can be sent (the .book extension is one that can not be used by many)

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Dec 13, 2007 2:56am PDT
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Adding book to bookstore category
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guess it is not possible to add to more than 1 carapytegory, right? Mine is both photography AND travel :)

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Nov 23, 2007 5:49am PDT
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Adding book to bookstore category
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cheers Lee, for some reason I never spotted the little arrow. I just KNEW there was sth … cheers and thanks for the swift response

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Nov 22, 2007 8:46am PDT
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Book preview
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ha! just found answer

 

http://blurb.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/blurb.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=186

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Nov 22, 2007 4:03am PDT
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Adding book to bookstore category
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Just published first book and would like to add it to a bookstore category (Arts and Photography) but can’t seem to find how to do this. Anyone?

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Nov 22, 2007 3:49am PDT
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How to allow viewing of enrtire book on line.....
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just found this post after asking same question

i’d favour LeahR’s suggestion!

 

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Nov 22, 2007 3:39am PDT
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Book preview
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hey same as MMANUS, just published first book and to my surprise there are people who actually want to buy it:)

Would like to see a functionality where we can show FULL book preview in PDF, secured of coure either by sending a different url to selected audience or password protected

Can we generate a pdf of the full book offline. Tried but did not seem to work. Would like to have the full book preview on my pc

many thanks in advance

Veerle 

 

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Nov 22, 2007 3:20am PDT
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"Set your price" mid-solution for Europe? Why not redeem profits as gift...
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Hi – any date for us europeans for the set your Price Pption or a viable alternative – Thanks

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Nov 22, 2007 3:09am PDT
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Pls give me the Booksmart 1.9 launch date....!
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same here. Anxiously waiting for vs 1.9 to finish work as 1.8.1 still has hick ups

Suspense as there is only 1 week left in September:)

 

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Sep 22, 2007 11:16am PDT
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Pls give me the Booksmart 1.9 launch date....!
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if we have created a draft book in BookSmart 1.8 then download or upgrade to 1.9 can we  use 1.9 to mae changes to the existing book. If so I’d rather wait to publish due to the flaky preview of work done so far (I can not be sure of the way the book will print as I can not even get a reasonable colour view in the preview. Many thanks in advance for shedding some light

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Sep 5, 2007 2:05am PDT
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