I did a 440 page book that had ~2000 pictures. Some full page bleeds, others collages that I did in photoshop & pulled in as on jpg.
Quality was good, and they haven’t fallen apart at all (I did 4 copies).
Size was about 1.5GB when done. It took about 5 or 6 hours to compile & upload, so I just set it before I went to bed and it was done in the morning. It took over an hour to print the PDF proof copy, then another 2 hours to actually print out on the printer.
For backups I was getting worried, so every major addition I "save-as" with another revision number. It took about 20 min to resave and reload the pictures, so do it when you are on a break. I also copied the backup file to another external drive every time. I did have one point where the file got corrupt and I just went back a revision; I lost a few days work, but nothing I couldn’t easily redo quickly the 2nd time around.
The only problem with the "save-as" revision work is I ended up with about 10GB of old files that started to fill my HD.
For the test book, I had done a few books before so knew what colors and pictures I would need to modify.
In the end it worked out great. I would have gone well over 440 pages if it would have let me.
Blurb is not all that bad...
I"ve been reading the posts for the past few months, and though I would share my blurb experiences. After all, from reading the posts you would get the impression that most people are having problems.
First, I have done 5 books, ranging from a 20 page 7×7 to a 440 page 8×10 with a total order count of ~20 books over various times. Yes, many hours of dropping and dragging over the past 1+ years.
Most of my books have been great quality, with my only negative comment that the coloring on one order comes out different (less bright) on a second order. I have overcompensated a few of my darker pictures to account for that, but considering what I paid, i’m not that worried.
I have had no software freeze or crash on me (and I’ve been running versions since ~1.5)
Something I do realize:
I do have technical frustrations, like the global font and the lack of portability between versions, so don’t think I"m all Blurb-ho! I am just tempering them with the reality of the business model they are going after and realizing it is probably as good or better as anyone else could do (except if Google tried to do it)
So in short, i’m happy. sometimes frustrated, but that’s what we get for working with an emerging technology.