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PPI / DPI / Pixels / Resolution / Scanning / Aspect Ratios... Explained !
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Very helpful to have all that information in one place, and even more helpful to have it explained clearly and approachably. Well done.

 I’d just like to make a similar point to GlennBatten’s – Flickr also has the option of "pro" accounts (quite cheap, too), that allow unlimited upload sizes. I recently uploaded a jpg to the Creative Common via Flickr that was 9216×5568 at 72 dpi with no problems (here it is, btw – http://flickr.com/photos/shoes_on_wires/2765588977/ ).

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Sep 8, 2008 12:37pm PDT
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"ROY G. BIV" - where Flickr, the Creative Commons and Blurb meet
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http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/292324

Announcing the arrival of a groundbreaking new book to the blurb site, "ROY G. BIV: a convergence of Flickr, Blurb, and the Creative Commons."

"ROY G. BIV" is composed exclusively of photos that have been uploaded to Flickr and tagged with the Creative Commons Attribution license, and then arranged and made available through blurb. As the full title of the book suggests, it explores what is possible where these three organizations intersect. 

I’m quite sure that this is the first time a collaborative publishing of this kind has been undertaken, and I’m also quite sure that we’ll see more Flickr-CC-blurb books as word of "ROY G. BIV" gets round and people realize that there are enough high quality, high resolution photos in Flickr’s CC pools for any number of books. And while it’s true that any online print-on-demand book service could be used for the final product, I believe blurb’s consistently high quality and (importantly) Set Your Price program will make them the obvious choice. 

"ROY G. BIV" is a simple yet lush book, featuring photographs that reveal the colours of the spectrum (as well as brown) – there is section in which red dominates the images, an orange section, a yellow section, and so on. I’ve also included two index sections, one of thumbnails and the other text-only, to ensure that the contributors are credited in exactly the manner that they have requested. It might be noted here that I took the time to email each and every one of the photographers whose work appears in "ROY G. BIV" and gave them the option of providing additional contact information – not strictly necessary under the terms of the CC Attribution license (I could have just credited them with their Flickr information), but certainly good form and the courteous thing to do. 

The result is a global collaboration with contributors on five of the seven continents (Africa and Antarctica eluded me). With countries represented from Canada to Chile, the UK to Italy, Japan to Saudi Arabia, the international flavour of the book is unmistakable. And because all of the photos are still licensed via the Creative Commons, the book can also be viewed as a collection of available stock imagery.  See a photo in there that would work for your next project? Just flip to the indexes, note the contact information, and contact the photographer directly. Finally, to sweeten the appeal of the project just that bit more, I’m donating one third of all proceeds from blurb sales to Amnesty International. 

Many thanks to blurb for providing such a reliable and quality service, and also to Flickr, the Creative Commons, and all of the photographers who generously donated access to their work.

 Take care, all. :-)

- Justus Hayes
- http://flickr.com/photos/shoes_on_wires

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Jul 12, 2008 10:44am PDT
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Just launched: The International Set Your Price Program
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Phew, took a while but she’s done – announcement coming soon. Thanks again, you Blurb-lot, for working out the kinks in the non-US Set Your Price.

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Jul 9, 2008 10:46pm PDT
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Just launched: The International Set Your Price Program
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Thanks very much – very good to hear. I’ll now turn the burners on full-bore and finish off my book.

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Mar 4, 2008 6:47am PDT
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"Set your price" mid-solution for Europe? Why not redeem profits as gift...
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Q1, you say. Well, fingers crossed.

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Nov 22, 2007 9:12am PDT
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Selling Books in Canada
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Yeah, can we get an update on this? I’m yet another Canadian who is anxious to use SYP. I’m going to start looking at another service if this isn’t resolved. Please don’t make me do that – I’ve invested considerable time and effort in Blurb and I like the product.

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Nov 22, 2007 9:05am PDT
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Community Books issue - where is the access?
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Yep, thanks. Perhaps if it doesn’t say already, that initial email should say "Hold on to this email for accessing your project."

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Oct 26, 2007 1:03pm PDT
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Community Books issue - where is the access?
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I’ve started a Community Book project, sent out invitations, and now have returned to the Blurb site to see if I have any responses. I’ll be damned if I can find any link anywhere on the site that will take me to an interface with my Community Book project. Am I being thick?

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Oct 26, 2007 9:49am PDT
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Pretty happy customer over here thus far
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I just put together my first Blurb book – a 7×7 softcover 20 pager, the smallest and cheapest  format possible – to use as a colour and gamma tester for my monitor. I will have to calibrate it sometime soon, but until then this seemed a reasonable and inexpensive test of my current colour configuration. I loaded the little book with some colour wheels and photos of various temperatures. I also included different versions of the same photo – PNG vs JPG, PNG from PSD from RAW, PNG from JPG from RAW – to see how resolution fared, and a couple other things. I ordered the book on the 23rd of Sept, and it arrived today (I’m located in Vancouver, British Columbia), so holy smokes was that ever fast. Pretty damned impressive on the turnaround time.

 

The colours are quite faithful to my monitor, it turns out. A tad light, so I will turn up the monitor’s brightness and turn down the contrast a tad. The book is in good shape, well bound, no loose pages, and the actual printing is quite satisfactory. I’ll be using Blurb now for a large project.

 

 Thanks. :-)  – Justus

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Sep 27, 2007 10:29pm PDT
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