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Beta Custom Preview Not Working Properly
Web Features

Great – thanks for the workaround.

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Sep 24, 2009 1:42pm PDT
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Beta Custom Preview Not Working Properly
Web Features

I took a couple of my books and created custom previews for them — it’s a great feature; however, the spreads aren’t displaying properly: they are not in the correct order and seem to be one page displaced… so obviously two-page spreads don’t appear as such.

Hope we can get this working soon, because it’s a very nice feature to have — assuming it’s working!

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Sep 23, 2009 4:37pm PDT
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Default fonts
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I don’t believe there is a way to do this at present—it has been mentioned many times in the forum and hopefully this ability will make its way into the next version of the Booksmart software. It really is a big pain to have to change the font on every page…

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Aug 8, 2007 6:49pm PDT
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Got my book :)
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Well I got my 106 page 13×11 Hardcover today via UPS. Despite my initial reservations which resulted from the comments I have seen in this forum, I am extremely pleased with the final result. Yes, there are a couple of flaws, there is an ever so slight magenta cast to a couple of the black and whites—but you’d have to be looking for it to see it. Some of the colours are not as hot as they are in their original Adobe RGB, but this is to be expected. Also, for some reason the final photo didn’t show up in the book. It was a duplicate of the cover photo. Is there some difficulty in reusing photos?

On the whole, this has been a great experience and I am thoroughly pleased with the end result. I’ll be doing some tweaking and ordering another book for sure.

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Aug 8, 2007 12:26pm PDT
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RULERS and guides
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I think also if Blurb is going to trim 1 1/8 of an inch off full bleed pages, there should be an indication of exactly where this crop will occur on the page.

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Aug 3, 2007 2:03pm PDT
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You must be kidding
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Oh and also for the record I am well aware of the currency differences between Canada and the United States, right now our dollar is worth 95 US cents… it’s pretty much at parity… and I was quoting both prices in Canadian dollars which is what UPS bills me in no matter where I ship.

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Aug 2, 2007 10:20pm PDT
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You must be kidding
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Brian—I don’t think you understood my post :)

I was talking about my own ecommerce business and drawing parallels to the situation Blurb finds themselves in with my own. For the record, we use UPS.

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Aug 2, 2007 10:17pm PDT
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You must be kidding
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As someone that is involved in ecommerce myself, I can attest to the fact that shipping is the most irritating part of the job. Prices are extremely high—yet if you elect to ship things more cheaply, i.e. without a tracking number etc., either items often do not arrive or people feel entitled to claim that they didn’t.

Heck, in Canada it is more expensive for me to ship items within my own country than it is to ship to any place in the United States. Eg. I can ship my standad sized package to Fredericton (the capital of the province of New Brunswick and by no means a remote area), only 1000km away for $27.88; however, to ship the exact same package from here to Los Angeles, California, a distance of 4500km, it only costs me $20.10. Can you explain that? And this is of course for a package that only measures 4"x4"x12" and weighs 2lbs.

So I understand the situation Blurb finds themselves in. Shipping is tough. 

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Aug 2, 2007 7:42pm PDT
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Clarification as needed--72 or 300 resolution on photo files
Book Design and Imaging

What happens if you don’t crop the photos to the size of the frames and just move the image (larger than the frame) around until you like its position within the frame? The expectation is  that the superfluous image info beyond the frame is simply excluded from the printed book. Is this so?

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Aug 2, 2007 6:35pm PDT
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Fairly Upset
Book Design and Imaging

Thanks for the reply… wondering what to do however if the book arrives and it is way off in terms of colour fidelity. I was, as you note, acting according to your advice which I sought before I even started the project. I don’t think many people would think it would be incumbent upon me to check back here for answers to questions that I had already posed directly to your customer support team and thought I had accurate answers to.

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Jul 30, 2007 9:44pm PDT
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Changing default font
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Also having properly justified (not right or left or center) text would be excellent.

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Jul 29, 2007 9:14pm PDT
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Fairly Upset
Book Design and Imaging

For some reason this post got munged. Here it is again.

Before I sent my book in (or even started it for that matter), I emailed technical support with 2 questions: 1) Can I use 16 bit PNGs? and 2) Can I use Adobe RGB. The answer came back for #1 as “You can try 16 bit—if the application accepts them you should be ok” and for #2 “Yes you can use Adobe RGB”.

Obviously #1 is completely incorrect… though the application does indeed accept 16 bit PNGs, once you try to upload them it fails. I had to go back and convert every one of my images and repopulate my 116 page book after I was ‘finished’.

Number 2 is incorrect too. After uploading my book, I thought I’d take a look at these forums and now see that sRGB is the way to go and that you should soft proof against the HP 5000 printer. Well, all my images were in aRGB and converted on the fly by Booksmart upon upload I suppose. I am wondering how badly this will affect the output. The PDF page preview didn’t look too bad, but that isn’t necessarily a reflection of what I will see when the book arrives.

Nervous about my over $80.00 purchase,
Ray Richards

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Jul 29, 2007 5:00pm PDT
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Selling Books in Canada
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I recently tried to include my book for sale but was unable to do so due to being based in Canada. Are there any plans to allow sales from other countries, and do you sell books from authors based outside of the US, despite them not being able to share in the profits? From what I can see, you do.

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Jul 29, 2007 4:32pm PDT
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Changing default font
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I would love this too—I wasn’t interested in having Georgia 9pt on every page and had to make the change for each section of text, each header and each footer on 116 pages of my recently completed book. It was a pain to say the least… what am I missing here?

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Jul 29, 2007 3:22pm PDT
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