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Ipad Epub format version problems
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I have tweaked four of my books now, and am working to re-font and tweak the others. I am just flabbergasted by how great they look on the iPad 2. I am convinced that the electronic publishing will become more significant in the future, but is Blurb going to be ready for it? Is Blurb contemplating creating a blurb store that sells iPad downloads? Is it negotiating with Apple or anyone else to place the books on their store? Is it planning to offer a means to convert for Galaxy, or Kindle? Can Blurb be a middleman in obtaining ISBN Numbers?

Unfortunately, I have discovered that the generation who own iPads aren’t much interested in history books. http://www.blurb.com/books/2864340

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Mar 8, 2012 6:12pm PDT
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iPad iBooks - Book Title Issue
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Escher,
You are entirely correct. All I have is a temporary work-around, which is " CLOSE, BUT “NO CIGAR!”
Life sure is tough when all we are are beta testers, eh? There is so much room for improvement!

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Feb 4, 2012 10:17am PDT
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iPad iBooks - Book Title Issue
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Escher, what you say is a good idea, the title and author fields should be inside, on the Blurb Page – perhaps where an ISBN Information box might normally be placed.

I have found a workaround, though it is only temporary – on the covers, I have reduced the font size in the name/details etc fields to an extra tiny one point, and have then made their colors identical to the background graphic against which they appear. Or rather, no longer appear.

The tiny font will then be picked up in the iPad title without difficulty.

This requires a re-do of your front and rear covers so that you can use your font of choice but the overall effect works:

example: http://assets0.blurb.com/images/uploads/catalog/60/180560/3124846-051972605ba292dde0436ca2ed91a781.jpg?20120116223932

preview at: http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2875579

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Jan 16, 2012 11:17pm PDT
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iPad iBooks - Book Title Issue
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My books are brilliant on the iPad, beyond expectations.

However, when I load them into iBooks. they are listed as “Untitled”.

Is there any way to redress this?

Where are the book names and author’s names being “uplifted” from? Is there a way to place them in the file that does not depend on placing them on the front cover? (assuming that is where they are being sourced from…)

I have not used the book name and author’s name on the cover of my books as I rely on the graphic I create as the book cover to provide these, as the Blurb conversion to iPad format cannot reproduce the custom fonts being used in the title graphics.

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Dec 28, 2011 12:22am PDT
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Introducing BlurbNation
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Gee, you could get BLURBNATION rolled out, but we international authors are still waiting for you to roll out your BLURB INTERNATIONAL. BlurnNation is more like a BlurbUSA.

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Feb 4, 2008 5:25am PDT
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Notification of books sold
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I have sold a number of books that I know of, and sent a larger number of invites. I would like to know, how many of these invites are getting responded to.  Thus is not unreasonable seeing as how blurb.com don’t even give me, as a non-US author,  the basic commercial  respect of a "THANKYOU, YOU SOLD A BOOK TO …an anonymous buyer.." e-mail.  I made them money with my two books, and they didn’t even send me a Chhristmas Card!!!

 

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Feb 4, 2008 5:22am PDT
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An idea for international authors
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In Australia, I received a book from the european printer, whoever that was. The quality of the printing was excellent. The Hardcover binding split with normal reading use. I suspect this might be the problem…

 

As for ordering a stack, and shipping the books separately, that ALSO raises issues of why our end product should be burdened by double shipping costs. These books, being from international authors, would incur a second set of shipping costs. My book is designed for the US market, and someone would advicate I ship them here (Philippines / Australia) and then post them back to the US? To say nothing of the holding costs. Lets be real, and continue to pressure blurb to pull their finger out.

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Feb 4, 2008 5:17am PDT
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International Authors - code drones, scribe slaves and pariahs!
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I am not allowing my books into open sale until Blurb gets their act together. Other publishers have done it.  It isn’t blather, it’s an important factor for international authors that they not have to invest in inventories of books, double pay shipping charges etc. Walk a mile in our shoes, eh?

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Jan 26, 2008 7:24am PDT
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a book by non u.s. citizen in blurb bookstore
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John, that’s exactly how Blurb are treating the foreign authors, you hit the nail on the head.

Not Amazon, whose printing operation (CreateSpace) already has arranged how to deal with foreign authors. Makes Blurb’s management look real slow, takes away any excuse they may have that "It’s all too hard, but thanks for letting us keep all the money!"

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Jan 5, 2008 4:44am PDT
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a book by non u.s. citizen in blurb bookstore
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Glitch..sort of like the unwanted <font size>messages in the prior posting…

;-o

 

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Dec 28, 2007 8:07pm PDT
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a book by non u.s. citizen in blurb bookstore
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I wouldn’t call it a glitch (ie <font size="2">a sudden break in function or continuity, sometimes of a transient nature, usually minor). It’s business xenophobia – a fear of doing business overseas.  It’s a character flaw, businesswise.   </font>

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Dec 28, 2007 7:45pm PDT
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Impossible Software
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Those bugs and more!!

I have learned to avoid placing headings in the centre of the page – there’s an effect which flows to adjacent pages of normal (left alligned) text. 

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Dec 28, 2007 7:24pm PDT
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Be forewarned, don't upload a new copy of your file just yet...
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It’s not the only counter-productive approach to doing business that Blurb has adopted.  Refer to the lack of support for non-US Authors.

These people do not appear to have heard of the "Law of Unintended Consequences." 

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Dec 28, 2007 6:54pm PDT
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International Authors - code drones, scribe slaves and pariahs!
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If it’s all about the European VAT System, then what about us Australian authors? What about Authors from India, South Africa, Philippines etc?

Sorry, the preoccupation with European VAT is a dog which just don’t hunt. 

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Dec 28, 2007 6:41pm PDT
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International Authors - code drones, scribe slaves and pariahs!
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Just completed my second book, 240 pages.  My first, 160 pages, was excellent quality, matching anything that could be found in any bookstore anywhere in the world. Fantastic job, fellows.

But you can’t buy it, I won’t let you! 

.I have learned  (by dull experience) that until Blurb.com can work out a means to remit to a foreign author a royalty for the money they are earning by selling these books,  all that occurs is that  international author are giving them profit per unit of sale – for nothing in return.  Yes, that’s right. We can’t even mark up our books by a dollar, because Blurb.com feeels that it can’t allow foreign authors to profit, lest the fiscal fiends (a.k.a. tax authorities) should want their cut. 

Whatever happened to the business model, pre these big-brother days, of placing the responsibility upon the customer?  Very few of us will sell any more than a small number of books, and we can surely cope with the income tax implications on our (foreign) shores.

When Blurb.com finally get their act together, and recognize that there is a huge market "out there",  I’ll consider releasing my books on "general release."  If Blurb.com was a traded company, the management would be fired for so totally ignoring the profit potential generated by the development of foreign authorship sales. If it was a traded company, I’d expect an earnings sky-rocket.  But until now, the rocket is not on the launch-pad. 

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Dec 23, 2007 5:41pm PDT
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How do I know how many copies of my book have been ordered?
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Don’t hold your breath. If you live outside of the USA, all you are is an indentured slave to blurb.com

You produce a book, and they sell it, and make profit – and they don’t tell you how many they sold, and they don’t pay you anything for it.  

I am considering withdrawing my book from sale until they can give international customers some better respect. They talk about considering doing something "early in 2008" but that’s not any promise to do anything. In early 2008, I will be considering flying to the moon on gossamer wings. 

EXO 

 

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Dec 15, 2007 9:06am PDT
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