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Notification of books sold
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hear hear.

I do not want to conatct customers but it would be nice to know if anybody bought my book. As non-US-resident I cannot enroll in the profit-system. But I can see that over a 1000 people have looked at my book. I would SO want to know if somebody actually wanted to pay money for it. 

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Jan 31, 2008 10:42am PDT
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An idea for international authors
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Sounds like a plan, only if the quality is lacking they will return to you for returns etc, As you can;t check the quality yourself before it is shipped, that might be an problem.

More so when the customer lives in Europe and thus gets his book printed there. There are major quality issues with that printer so I would not want them to send directly to the client.

Better order a stack and ship them yourself after checking them carefully 

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Jan 31, 2008 10:38am PDT
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Is there a forum for someone to look at your book and tell you what they...
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some people put all the pictures they have in their book on a website and then post the link to that website in their description of the book.

That will give you an idea of the pictures, but not the whole lay-out and that is important too ofcourse. Maybe make a PDF of the book and put that on their websites??

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Jan 31, 2008 10:35am PDT
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a book by non u.s. citizen in blurb bookstore
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Paul, can you tell me more about Amazon? I’d like to check them out

frances 

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Jan 31, 2008 10:32am PDT
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How to post pictures?
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you guys have totally lost me somewhere halfway….

If I want to post a picture on a forum that is not somewhere on the web but somewhere on the drive of my computer, how do I insert that in a thread? 

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Jan 31, 2008 10:23am PDT
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There is a lot of SATISFACTION in the forums
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I am so glad you guys are very happy. I do not want to thrash Blurb just to thrash. But after a print and a reprint falling apart I loose hope a bit.

I WANT to believe, because the prints are beautiful, I love the dustcover, the format is great. It is just that the books fall apart after 3 viewings or less.

 

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Jan 31, 2008 10:08am PDT
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What wrong with page connecting ?
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it is as if I am looking at my book and the 2 books my friend ordered. All printed in europe, all falling apart after looking through them 2 times. BAD BAD BAD quality binding. If the printer in Europe is such a troublesome company, PLEASE get me an american printed book, preferably with sewn binding. I paid $144 to get my book and end up with a lot of time loss and a reprint from the same european printer.

It will come next week. PLEASE let it be good????

Frances 

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Jan 24, 2008 11:53am PDT
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Blurb in the Netherlands??
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Googleling "Blurb" I found a site that mentioned that Blurb would come available in the Netherlands, connected to Flickr. That was a posting from 7 months ago. I can’t find anything anymore though and Flickr is not my site of choice to work with anyhow.

What I would like to know is whether there is a Dutch company working with or franchising Blurb???

That would make a lot of things easier, quicker and cheaper for me?

Frances 

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Jan 19, 2008 7:41am PDT
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Tracking books sold?
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Me too!!

Frances 

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Jan 19, 2008 7:35am PDT
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locked text on the spine of the book is not matching
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I found that the text on the spine of the book is not matching the title. In words it does, but the program doesn’t copy the font, text-color and size of the title. So it is necessary to change that to get your book looking good.

The thing is that I change it, then close that part of the spine just to see that dreaded text jumpo back again to the standard black type garamont

what am I doing wrong???? 

Frances 

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Jan 19, 2008 7:00am PDT
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Waar vind ik mijn verkopen
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Je kan die niet zien. je kunt je sales alleen bijhouden wanneer je een "set-your

price"account hebt en dat kan je niet als niet-US-ingezetene. Ik heb het opgelost door in  mijn profiel op te nemen dat ik zeer vereed zou zijn als iemand mijn boek wilde kopen en daarom dat graag zou weten met het verzoek erbij een email te sturen (+ emailadres uiteraard)

heel frustrerend inderdaad

Frances 

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Jan 19, 2008 6:53am PDT
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Authors, photographers, journalists: Is the line blurring between amateu...
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I think that a profssional is somebody that earns his or her money with photography. But to my opinion being a professional doesn’t say anything about how good or bad the work is. I have seen pics done by professionals that made me weep, they were that uninspired and unoriginal and sometimes even non-functional out of focus.

I have seen so called amateurs shoot absolutely great work. Around the corner from my home there is a small deli. The owner of that deli goes out early early in the morning into the nature reserve closeby and takes the most wonderful wildlife pics and he displays them in his shop. If he could, he could sell them and maybe start earning from them. But as it is, he is still an amateur. Not because of the quality of his work but because he has a dayjob selling deli-foods.

I think the whole distinction education-experience-showcase etc is a bit conceited. You can have had the highest schooling in photography and master a camera with all its apertures and shuttertimes to the nines, but what makes a photographer special or talented is his eye to see the world differently and the ability to realise that some thing should be captured in a specific way. You can learn all the standard rules of thirds and tricks and such, but you can never learn to have the talent to distinguish yourself. 

And yes, nowadays more and more people can take pictures because they do not need to know how a camera works to do so and with digital technology it get easier to actually do anything with your pics (make a book, calendar, cards etc etc) so more people are actually getting out there and displaying their work.  But looking at that work the talents amongst them will reveal themselves right away. and that may be somebody with a point-and-shoot camera.

so if you mean with the line between professionals and amateurs the distinction of earning from your pics or not, the line will not blur so easily, because it is not easygetting a living out of photos

but if you define the distinction professional-amateur in a way meaning the quality of the photo’s: I certainly think that the line is blurring in a big way. They were always out there, those talented amateurs, you just never got to see them. Now you do. And they may be just as good or better than the profs!

frances 

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Jan 19, 2008 6:48am PDT
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International Authors - code drones, scribe slaves and pariahs!
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I totally agree with John. I live in The Netherlands and here it is the responsibility for the person earing the money (in John’s example: "John") to declare any income to the tax-authoroties. Blurb will have nothing to do with that and is also not responsible when John decides to defraud his tax-collector by keeping silent about his brilliant booksales.

So also to Dutch law I see no  reason for Blurb not to set up a sellers-program for the EU. (I can’t imagine, Europe being the EU that in our neighbouring countries it will be any different)

and the situation now is even so unequal that Blurb doesn’t even tell their overseas authors if there have been any sales of their books at all (for those who decide to forego the profits in favor of the feeling that they have a book out there, like me)

Frances 

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Jan 19, 2008 5:58am PDT
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White type on black backgroung
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dear chdant, ever seen any books by Frans Lanting, THE wildlife photographer, National Geographic etc etc etc?? To my opinion he is a professional, NG seems to think so too. AND he uses black pages in his books to put his photo’s on. Looks beautiful, but that is just my humble opinion. That YOU never use black pages and see yourself as a professional, that does’t mean "it isn’t done professionally". Maybe not by you and maybe you have excellent reasons. But please do not speak for all professional photographers.

 

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Jan 19, 2008 5:23am PDT
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Booksmart 1.9.2 is crashing
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Mine crashes when I try to adjust the upper half of the spine text. when I unlock that box the program goes crashing down.

sooooo frustrating, the whole book is finished exept for that text on the spine 

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Jan 11, 2008 12:29pm PDT
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