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Book preview
Web Features

It appears this feature is having trouble this weekend. Try it again tomorrow as I am sure Blurb will have it taken care of.

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Jan 27, 2008 8:43pm PDT
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dust cover spine
Tips and Tricks

At this time, you cannot add an image to the spine, but you can change the color. Go to "backgrounds" and change the color to whatever your preference is.

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Jan 27, 2008 8:39pm PDT
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Someone please help us
BookSmart

You are right that you may work on your book for as long as you need to. Once you upload the book and purchase a copy, it stays in the Blurb bookstore for a year. I do not know how long it would remain if you never purchase the initial copy.

So take your time and get the book the way you like it.                    -Diane

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Jan 11, 2008 8:52pm PDT
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Are photobooks the new photo albums?
Book Printing

I say go for it. Using Blurb for photo albums is my primary usage, although I did also make a book with no personal images in it for sale and am working on another due to some requests from friends.  When I shot film, I used to spend a lot of money and time on scrapbooking my travels. With digital, I find it goes so much faster with Blurb and the price is right. Plus it gets so many of those images off my computer. I would also encourage you to use text while everything is still fresh in your mind. When you are 50 and look back at these, you want to remember that that passed out guy was Joe.  Good luck!                          – Diane

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Jan 6, 2008 3:52pm PDT
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sorting pages
Book Design and Imaging

I have found the easiest way to move a page (or group of pages) is to right click on it and cut, then paste it into the new location.

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Jan 3, 2008 10:35pm PDT
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How to make a book of 80 pages?
Book Design and Imaging

A quick way to insert pages it to use ctrl+shift+ d. If you hold down ctrl and shift, you can touch the "d" repeatedly to quickly add pages of the same layout. Then you can easily change the layout as you work on the pages.               -diane

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Jan 2, 2008 11:22am PDT
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How long? How many?
Web Features

I think I read somewhere that a book will stay in the bookstore for a year from the latest activity (ie sale). I have not seen anything about a limit on the number of books you can have in the bookstore.                               – diane

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Jan 1, 2008 2:16pm PDT
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very, very slow photo load, browsing, and previewing
BookSmart

Have you contacted Customer Support? I use large files and have made big books and the software is quite fast and responsive for me. I think Customer Support would have some tips to make it run smoother for you.

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Dec 30, 2007 8:57pm PDT
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Several versions of the same book?
General Interest

I think the best way would be to have them over to your house and have a few beers and make the changes together. What better way to remember a great trip!

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Dec 30, 2007 5:06pm PDT
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7 X 7 small books awesome - 8 x 10 albums 384 pages separating from bind...
Ordering and Shipping

If you have not yet done so, you need to send an e mail to customer service. They will then want you to e mail them a photo of the problem and they will make it right with you.

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Dec 25, 2007 10:48am PDT
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Deciding whether to try Booksmart or not.....
BookSmart

I have done 6 books with Booksmart (with another on the way) and am completely satisfied! I had a problem on one book, and had it resolved with a new book in my hands within a week.  If you are unsure, do a book with only about 20 pages just to get the feel. You won’t be out much and you will see for yourself. If you have watched the bookstore, tons of books were published "just in time" for the holidays, so of course there has been recent frustrations with delays, but think of the numerous satisfied customers that are not posting. The unhappy always speak the loudest. Happy bookmaking.                     -Diane

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Dec 23, 2007 9:24pm PDT
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Probably been asked a million times
General Interest

While in your home page, my books tab or account, there is a little drop down arrow just to the left of the account tab. Open that up and click "sales". That is where you will find the most up to date info. I believe it doesn’t show up in dashboard until later.

Happy selling- Diane

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Dec 21, 2007 9:12pm PDT
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Xmas delivery?
Ordering and Shipping

The deadline for having the book to Blurb in order to get it printed and shipped by Christmas has passed. 

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Dec 16, 2007 9:44pm PDT
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changing bio information
General Interest

Hi,

Just click on the little drop down arrow by the "account" tab and click on "profile". You should be able to edit your info there. Good luck.

Diane

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Dec 16, 2007 5:02pm PDT
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Missed the deadline. Think I have a shot?
Book Printing

Every book I have ordered has shipped before the estimated date, but of course, that wasn’t during the rush of Christmas, so I wouldn’t necessarily expect that. We can always hope though!

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Dec 14, 2007 6:49pm PDT
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Double page spread same image
Tips and Tricks

This has been discussed many times, so go ahead and do a search for panoramas. Good luck.

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Dec 13, 2007 12:54pm PDT
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Panoramic
Book Design and Imaging

Thanks. Simple is often the best. Can’t wait to see your panoramas.

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Dec 10, 2007 1:05pm PDT
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Panoramic
Book Design and Imaging

What I personally have been found to be very easy is to import the photo twice into booksmart, drag each into adjoining pages and reposition them until you have them matched up as you would like. You will want to take into account the fact that a portion of each image will be in the center fold of the book. You can see an example of where I did this on pages 8 and 9 of my recent book, The Magic of Maui, pages 8 and 9. Good luck.

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Dec 10, 2007 11:58am PDT
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BLURB ALERT: Wednesday, December 12, is the last day to order books for...
Ordering and Shipping

Kelly,

Once your book has been shipped, it is a UPS customer service issue, not Blurb’s. Have you checked your tracking number to see where your package is?

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Dec 1, 2007 10:25am PDT
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Cleaning Book Jacket
Tips and Tricks

Brain,

I agree with you on the multiple postings of the same question. I always look forward to your answers, so please keep posting.

Diane

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Nov 29, 2007 7:29pm PDT
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13x11 Cover Optons - Booksmart not smart
BookSmart

I personally don’t think the soft cover would hold up very well in that big of book. Plus, the hard cover really gives it that extra professional look. Isn’t that what your clients would rather have?

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Nov 29, 2007 7:21pm PDT
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Customer Service Rocks!
Book Printing

6 days ago, I sent a message to customer service regarding some incorrect pages in my book. I got a response within a few hours, and we have had excellent communication since then. Today I received the corrected book…..yes, all within 6 days of notifying them there was a problem! Now that is what I call Customer Service!!!!

Diane

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Nov 27, 2007 7:36pm PDT
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Sales Count
Web Features

Go to "Home" or "My Books". There is a drop down arrow next to the "My Books" tab along the top of the screen.  Open that and click on sales. It breaks down the date of the sale and which book was purchased. – Diane

 

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Nov 13, 2007 9:05am PDT
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Clarification as needed--72 or 300 resolution on photo files
Book Design and Imaging

Rockie,

I had numerous images that had previously been edited, so when I did my books, I simply loaded them into booksmart, then "drag and dropped" them into whichever opening I liked the best. I often moved things around, and then end product was beautiful. So, although some would tell you otherwise, I say go ahead and be lazy!

Diane

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Nov 12, 2007 4:12pm PDT
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Pictures of my book
Book Design and Imaging

Hey Jeff, Good luck with your book. And GO PACKERS!

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Nov 12, 2007 11:47am PDT
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