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I want to buy a magazine !!!
Book Design and Imaging

…. Hard to believe that I offered to BUY …. AT RETAIL … a magazine that someone else created and in three days I have had not ONE suggestion … I actually have $$ and will pay.

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Jan 10, 2013 1:14pm PDT
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I want to buy a magazine !!!
Book Design and Imaging

I am very interested in Blurb’s magazine. I wanted to buy one that someone else has done but it is very difficult to ascertain which are books and which are magazines. Does anyone have a photo magazine they have made, preferably a photo magazine, that I can buy so that I can have a look at the printing and the quality.
Thanks in advance,
Scooter

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Jan 8, 2013 4:50pm PDT
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Australian GST
Ordering and Shipping

I had a buyer contact me from Australia and was very upset, not only about the GST but also an "etax" on a download book with which he was not familiar. Can anyone explain the latter?

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Jan 21, 2012 3:42pm PDT
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Blurb nice product but very author unfriendly
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Didn’t mean to upset the applecart here and should have been less harsh, but I still disagree. My guess is that most of the books published here sell a few copies to friends and family but not much beyond that. Giving away a few copies of each book for promo purposes could and would be extensively abused. Maybe they should have a program where if a book sells a specific number of copies, promo books could be purchased by the author at a reduced rate.

I absolutley believe that supply and demand rules the universe. There is demand for POD programs like Blurb and supply and demand will determine the price of the product. I have compared the price of Blurb books to other PODs and find it very competitive with other companies and the highest quality for the price. I respect your opinion but also respectfully disagree (this time and should have in the last comment) I knew, and assume you did as well, what the terms were before I began making my books. I didn’t have to like them but I did make a choice to make my books here.

I apologize for the harshness of my previous comments but until someone can produce a similar quality product with a competitive price (not necessarily the price I think it should be) I will be here with Blurb.

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Jun 3, 2011 9:26am PDT
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Self-published to the iBookstore, already selling around the world
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Mel, I have published a couple books traditionally and a few books here on Blurb. I am starting to shoot my next photobook. I would really like to do an ebook. Can you help me out with what program did you use to set up the book, and a few tips as I start. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Scooter

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May 20, 2011 4:29pm PDT
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Blurb nice product but very author unfriendly
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If I read your profile right you have been with Blurb since 09. My guess is you have evaluated other POD sites and found the same thing that I have. Blurb is the best priced, highest quality POD program there is. If others could do it less expensively and maintain the quality … they would and we would all move to the new site. I have published here and I also have books that have been published thru traditional publishers where the first run is a few thousand books and they are printed in China at a cost of around $7.00 each (a $21,000 investment by the putlisher) and retail for $24.95 (Amazon for $20). The situation between traditional and POD is very different. You seem to want the benefits of traditional publishing but you don’t want to pay for them.

"How much  Greed …?" is offensive to me … Why the bloody hell are you still here if this is such an unfair situation?

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May 20, 2011 4:04pm PDT
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Does anyone sell any books here?
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I have sold over 100 of this years book from the BUB Mortorcycle Land Speed Trials, but I know what my market is. I shoot the event every year and my only market is the people that attended that event. I have not tried to build a book that would be of general interest. I believe that Blurb is the perfect format for what I do. I have made the book with over 40 different covers so that each participant gets the same book but with themselves on the cover. I could not do this anywhere else.

I would love to create a photography book with for the general public with what I believe are my best images but I realize that that market is huge and my chances at getting into that market in a big way are virtually nil. But in the event market I have hit a home run. There are only about 400 people at this event but my penetration has gotten better every year and some people even buy last years book so that they will have a complete set as time passes. The event promoters really like the fact that there is an annual record of their event and I have been contacted by other promoters about the feasability of doing a book for their events.

I think it would be tough to promote a photo book of interest to the general public anywhere, not just on Blurb, as I have done a couple of those thru traditional publishers for narrow interest groups, but I could not be happier with the results and the format that Blurb has provided.

This years book became available November 15th and has sold around 125 copies and I expect around another 35 dopies by yearend. I can’t make a living doing it this way but it has been a nice addition to what I do.

Scooter

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Dec 19, 2009 8:32am PDT
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Just a thanks
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Just a thanks … I build a book every year for a very narrowly attended event as kind of a yearbook of the event. One of the big draws for the book is the fact that Blurb allows me to change the cover, with very little effort, so that each person who orders a book can have the cover of their choosing. They have only to pick an image from my SmugMug site www.ScooterShoots.com , and let me know. From this years event I have made over 50 diferent covers … so far. The response from the book from the last 3 years has been incredibly positive.

Blurb has really met my needs i covering smallish special events.

Thanks to all.

Scooter

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Dec 6, 2009 10:38am PDT
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$$ vs Pounds
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I have posed this question before but am still perplexed. My book sells for $54.95. If I convert to British pounds it shows a price of 22.95 pounds. At current exchange rates $54.95 USD should be around 34 pounds.

This seems like something that someone should address or I should order my own books in pounds.

Any thoughts?

Scooter

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Jul 6, 2009 10:02am PDT
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JUne Sales figures lost
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Just hope that the $$ didn’t go away with the numbers

 

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Jul 5, 2009 2:31pm PDT
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JUne Sales figures lost
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My June sales figures are not posting. The whole month of June is missing … Anyone know why

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Jul 5, 2009 10:06am PDT
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Creating a background
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I am beginning another book and would like to use one of my primary images as the background on almost all the pages. It is a broad view of the Bonneville Salt Flats and I would like to place the individual images on top of the background shot. Is this possible in 2.0?

I don’t want to have to build each page in PS unless I have to.

Thanks

scooter

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Jul 2, 2009 6:59am PDT
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Lulu going to Amazon ... Can we?
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I built a book in 07 thru Lulu.com and yesterday got an email that they are now moving my book to Amazon for broader available and at no cost to me. I searched myself on Amazon and there it was. Very expensive, so I expect NO sales, but it was there. I would REALLY like ot have my Blurb books on Amazon. Is there an avenue to accomplish this? I have to believe that many of us would like to do this.

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May 27, 2009 8:57am PDT
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Personalising a Dedication page
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I did something similar where I made 15 different covers for the same book and had to upload it 15 different times.

Scooter

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Feb 5, 2009 12:49pm PDT
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I want to see sales figures for BEST SELLERS
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Though I would like to know how books are selling, I agree with CWN. Blurb is the perfect place to create and sell short run books with a narrow target market. I published one book in 08 from a very specific event for a very narrow market. I have sold about 105 of these books, with about 15 different covers thanks to Booksmart and the ease with which I could change the cover, and people have been thrilled with the product and the fact that they can get a quality book from a very small event. The book also drew a "real" publisher to my work and I now have a deal for 09 for a coffee table book that will have much broader appeal and they will do all the layout and printing etc. I just get paid to shoot.

You can use a hammer to drive in a screw but the end result will always be better if you have the right tool for the job. Blurb addresses a very specific market and I believe that it does it well.

Though I am always interested in how other books are selling, here most of these books that sell in any numbers have a narrow market. Local atheltic teams, specific events etc. I don’t believe this the place to market a general interest coffee table book.

 

Sorry for the ramble and the on and off topic

Scooter

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Feb 4, 2009 9:23am PDT
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smugmug
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I am … www.scootershoots.com

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Jan 17, 2009 12:20pm PDT
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Is there a limit to how many versions of a book you can upload?
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I shoot motorcycle events. This year I offered a special cover to those who wanted to order 10 or more books as gifts for their teams or sponsors. The book is the same but it is a snap in Photoshop to create a template and slide in a different image for each of them. Take alook at my available books for my recent Salt Flats Trials to see what I mean.  The sponsors really liked the idea and half the profits go to a charity.

Scooter

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Nov 25, 2008 6:40pm PDT
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Selling on Amazon?
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This has been discussed in other threads. My two cents …? well you need to know your market. I sell books based on events. Land speed racing in particular. I have a very narrow market but it is well penitrated because the attendees know there is a strong probability that they will be in the book.  go beyond just the images and include sponsors and records set. That makes it almost the official record of the event for many and they expect one annualy. This is the perfect place to build and market that sort of book. I don’t believe that simply my photography would be of any interest to anyone but me (and maybe my mom) so building a book and hoping to sell enough to make it profitable is, IMHO, not going to happen.

I have also built several books with different covers. Same inside just the cover is different. Booksmart makes that very easy. 10 or more books for your race team or sponsors gets you a discount and YOU on the cover.

As is always the case, you gotta have a clear vision of the project and then decide what the right tool is to get the job done.

Scooter

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Nov 23, 2008 6:51pm PDT
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Why so highly priced?
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You might want to consider whether or not you are in the right place to produce a "novel". Blurb is IMHO the best place to produce a photobook, both in terms of quality and price, compared to other PODs. If "I" was producing a novel, mostly text, I would go to Lulu.com. A 124 page, soft cover, b&W could be produced for around $5 or $6. US. A very good price and I understand the quality is very good. I have produced Photobooks there but could not recommend them for reasons of price. You need to make certain you have engaged the right people and product for you project.

Scooter

 

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Nov 18, 2008 8:13am PDT
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Font
Book Design and Imaging

My question is for text boxes in a photobook. My most recent book has black as the background on all pages. The default font always came up black. I had to change the font type, size and color for each text box. Can I change this to a different default.

Scooter

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Nov 4, 2008 9:08am PDT
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Font
Book Design and Imaging

I have had this problem and the response was that I cannot … yet …

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Nov 2, 2008 12:51pm PDT
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Blurb competitors
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The cost of a 100+ page photobook from LULU makes it prohibitive. Blurb, thoough pricey, is the best that I have come across.

Scooter

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Nov 2, 2008 12:47pm PDT
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Ordering before being allowed to go public
Ordering and Shipping

Although I have always ordered a book before I made it public to proof it, is it required that I order one before going public?

Thanks

 

Scooter

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Nov 2, 2008 12:46pm PDT
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Registration problem
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I tried to help a friend download Booksmart so he could build a book about his trip to Europe. On the page where we placed his email and set up passwords, I input all the data but when I hit the continue button the screen would not advance to the next step.. I turned off his popup blockers etc and continue to try. I then rebooted the whole computer but had no luck. Does anyone have any ideas about what I shoould do or what I did wrong

thanks

Scooter

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Nov 14, 2007 7:31am PDT
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General Printing question
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A friend told me that printers like Blurb and Lulu have all their books printed by "Lightning Source" , suggesting I should go direct. Does anyone have any knowledge as to whether or not that is true.

Scooter

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Nov 13, 2007 1:31pm PDT
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