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Deleted wrong book version
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Nevermind. You know that really is lousy, there isn’t even a "Are you SURE you want to delete this book??" warning button. Annoyed.

 

"Thanks for writing us at Blurb!

You’ll have to re-upload and re-order to put your book back into the bookstore. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience, but there’s no way around that."

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Apr 25, 2008 11:37am PDT
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Deleted wrong book version
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HELP!!!

 I just now deleted the latest version of my book accidentally. I had just uploaded it lastr night and already placed an order for myself. I went in this morning to do the Set Your Price and get ready to announce the book and I deleted it instead of the older version.

I already emailed support….I am ok with re-uploading the book BUT I do not want to have it buy it again…..I hope someone there can help me out…

 I can’t believe I did that….

:(

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Apr 25, 2008 5:32am PDT
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Any conflict or advice if I want to take my Blurb-designed book to anoth...
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THanks JackLyon!

 I realize I will have to re-do the whole if they decide to go forward with the publishing. In which case I’ll have to work with them and create something in a proper format, resoultion, etc.

For the manuscript submission though, I am thinking that a screenshot printout might be ok, I’ll just need to print a sample first. If not I can print straight from Booksmart right? Or does that too give a watermark? (not doing a PDF from booksmart, just printing it outriight). Thanks!

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Apr 17, 2008 5:52am PDT
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Any conflict or advice if I want to take my Blurb-designed book to anoth...
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Thanks!

I was planning on doing a PDF screen shot just to send it to the publisher. I have tried Booksmart’s Save to PDF and it always fails on me and takes about 30 minutes before failing. So I’d just do a page-by-page screen shot of the pages they would would to see (likely the first 20 or so). I have done this before and it’s very simple.

I do have Photoshop CS3. But I hadn’t thought about the manner in which I would create the copy they would print.

 Thanks again!

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Apr 16, 2008 9:42am PDT
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Any conflict or advice if I want to take my Blurb-designed book to anoth...
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Not sure if this is the right forum for this but, here goes.

 I’ve done one book with Blurb, but it’s not up for sale yet in the bookstore as I’m waiting on the "final" copy to be shipped to me. In the meantime I will edit it one last time and then plan on announcing it for sale publicly in the Blurb store.

I want to send a PDF manuscript of my book to a local state-run publisher. I am worried that they will "find out" about it already being "published" with Blurb and wont’ accept it. Then again, everything I’ve read and as far as I can tell, I am under no contract with Blurb and that I own outright my book contents (just can’t do anything with the software or Blurb’s logo, etc.).

 Is this accurate?

Part of me thinks of "coming clean" with the state publisher (they are pretty big, and might reject me anyway) and tell them I am "self-publlishing" online….or should I not? OR…should I perhaps send them the PDF and NOT do my book here? I already have it all together, it’s 80 pages, and several people that are waiting for it to be available.

I just worry that if I tell them that I’ve published it here, they will turn me down and/or think I am under some sort of contract…which I am not, correct?

 When someone gets published, are they normally under contract like that? Like you can’t publish elsewhere? If so, why isn’t Blurb like that??

 Thanks!

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Apr 16, 2008 8:19am PDT
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Confused about how much "Profit" I will make.
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Thank you David. Guess I’ll be using the Set Your Price program! I guess that’s the way to go…and this certainly isn’t for those looking to make money. Ok thanks!

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Mar 4, 2008 8:37am PDT
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Confused about how much "Profit" I will make.
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If I use the Set Your Price (in US Dollars), I see that I can Set the Base Price for my book plus the amount of Profit I want to make. So if I want to make $10 profit (just for example) then I could set the base price at $30 and sell the book for $40. Then Blurb takes $5 out of my $10? So i’d only get $5 back so then I’d have to mark it up $15 to get $10 back, right?

 Ok if I have THAT right, then how do I know the profit if I do NOT use Set your Price and just sell them using the default prices? Searching the FAQs all I find is this mysterious answer; "You get a check every month your book reaches a certain amount of profit. If you earn less than that, your profits roll over to the following month. "

Or does one not get anything back at all if they don’t use Set Your Price?

Thanks in advance!

 

What is the amount of profit? How is it determined?

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Mar 3, 2008 8:06am PDT
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Back Cover - can't change layout to a picture page?
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I will try this – thanks!

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Jan 25, 2008 10:20am PDT
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How to let others view your book before it's printed?
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Thank you TomM! That worked PERFECTLY!

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Jan 25, 2008 10:19am PDT
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Back Cover - can't change layout to a picture page?
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I like my front cover as is with a large picture on the bottom and the title and author above that. But choosing that as the front cover I am not allowed to have a photo on the back cover. Unless I also change the front cover to a layout I dont’ like.

 So I assume there is no way to individually choose a different layout for the back cover only? Independently of the front cover? I’d like to be able to choose a layout from the "photo layouts" options.

Pretty sure I can’t though, just wanted to verify. :( 

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Jan 24, 2008 5:20pm PDT
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How to let others view your book before it's printed?
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I have both, TomM. Would this result in a super-large file? I will give this a try too. thanks!!

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Jan 24, 2008 12:40pm PDT
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How to let others view your book before it's printed?
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Thanks Teri, I was going to ask how large the file was after compression. I will look into this option!

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Jan 24, 2008 8:22am PDT
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How to let others view your book before it's printed?
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I have someone who’s offered to write a Forward for my 40 page photography book I am working on. He is in another town so I’d have to email him an electronic version, and he doesnt have Booksmart (and I don’t feel I should ask him to download it).

 I tried to save the whole thing as PDF and then just about 10 pages but they both took about 20 minutes and then I gave up. The PDFs were never created.

Anyway to do this? He’s happy just seeing the intro, table of contents, and about a dozen or so of my photos with their captions.

How can I send this to him? The PDF option in Booksmart does not seem to be a viable choice (length of time to create and then large size).

I’ve thought about re-creating the book from scratch as a PDF or maybe even a WORD doc or heck even making it a click-through website on my domain space. This would all be a lot of extra work though. Could I….upload the .BOOK to Blurb, not pay anything and not print it, and have it so I could send him a link and have him "preview" it online there?

 

(also…I have exported the .book file and it is 628 or MG. "Compressing" this file into a .RAR or .ZIP does not change the file size. Is it a known issue that you can’t compress these .BOOK files?)

Thanks!

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Jan 24, 2008 6:22am PDT
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Fonts are changing and pages are added
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I downloaded the software last week so I would think it’s the most recent version.

 Thanks Lee I’ll send them a report on it!

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Jan 24, 2008 6:15am PDT
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Fonts are changing and pages are added
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 I keep getting font size and style changes made without me doing it, and the file is auto- saved and I have to redo the font. It’s a section called "Further Reading" in the back and the heading is Asphodel 30 and the body text under it is Georgia 8. Everything is set fine but when I reopen it or sometimes just go to that page, everything is in Asphodel 30 and the text then is too large for the page and I get error messages and about 10 blank pages are added on to the end of the book…..and when I go in page by page to delete the blank pages booksmart put in, more pages are added.

 Is this a glitch? Why is it doing this? Is there a way to "lock" a page so that the text font and size dones’t get changed? Can I turn OFF auto save? 

This is a 40-page photography book and this automatic font changing from the body text (georgia 8) to the heading text (asphodel 30) is only happening on this page.

 Help!

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Jan 23, 2008 5:44pm PDT
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Help - PS CS 3 "Save Options" greys out BooksmartHP Indigo Profile
Book Design and Imaging

Thank you! After I calmed down and thought about it, I knew that Booksmart uses the sRGB color profile and that I needed in that before exporting/saving out of PS…good to get validation though, so thank you!

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Jan 17, 2008 6:17pm PDT
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Help - PS CS 3 "Save Options" greys out BooksmartHP Indigo Profile
Book Design and Imaging

Does that mean then that the Save As color option is set correctly (it is set to sRGB NOT HP Indigo)?

 

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Jan 17, 2008 5:37pm PDT
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Help - PS CS 3 "Save Options" greys out BooksmartHP Indigo Profile
Book Design and Imaging

I have the Blurb Booksmart HP Indigo Press ICC Profile installed and I am soft-proofing my photos in Photoshop CS3 by using the  View > Proof Setup > Custom and selecting the HP Indigo Profile. Then I choose View > Proof colors.

 All is well, until I just now noticed that when I go to Save the image, there is a box in the Save As window called "Save Options" and in that there is a Color area. Here there are two options: Use Proof Setup: BlurbBooksmartHPIndigo (what I named the HP Indigo profile) and ICC Profile: sRGB IEC and a bunch of numbers.

 The sRGB profile is selected by default and the HP Indigo option is greyed out and un-selectable….

I haven’t read anywhere that this option needs to be checked but maybe I missed something…..any ideas? Does this box need to be checked before I save my images?? If so, how can I get it to where I can select that option and it’s not greyed out?

 Thanks!

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Jan 17, 2008 5:10pm PDT
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Calibrating monitor for the first time
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Thanks for the lively discussion! I got the Spyder2 Express and installed it last night. And boy am I glad, even if I wasn’t doing a book I would be happy I calibrated my monitor, it really made my pictures on-screen look THAT much better, richer. The images on the monitor overall are much improved, too.

 And btw I paid $68 for it at amazon.

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Jan 17, 2008 12:44pm PDT
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Anyone copyrighted their book?
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Has anyone applied for and paid for a copyright for their book?

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Jan 15, 2008 12:03pm PDT
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Calibrating monitor for the first time
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Thank you all..I understand all of this a heck of a lot more now. I ordered Sypder2 Express yesterday and it should be here tomorrow.

 I can’t wait to see how this turns out, a gal I know on Flickr has made several Blurb books BUT she didn’t use the printer profile nor has she ever calibrated her monitor. She says the books printed just like she imagined and the pictures were great…which baffles me but who knows. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

 One last thing. My Digital Rebel is set to sRGB so I don’t need to change that anywhere else or re-set it in Photoshop, correct?

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Jan 15, 2008 8:22am PDT
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Calibrating monitor for the first time
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Thanks TomM for the info.

 Since  I posted this I did read up on color mangement and calibration, I’ll go ahead here and google that plus photoshop.

Confused though on one specific thing, it sounds like if I use Spyder2 it creates it’s own profile after calibrating, so how does that "work" when needing to use the Booksmart ICC Profile as well?

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Jan 14, 2008 10:10am PDT
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Problem with Soft-Proofing and CMYK
Book Design and Imaging

"move the bottom box for the plackpoint to 10. This will increase teh black point compensation. You can also move the top box to 250 this will also help to prevent white point clipping."

 Is this to improve the image quality on screen or to improve it in BookSmart? Or both…?

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Jan 14, 2008 10:06am PDT
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Calibrating monitor for the first time
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I am creating my first book and it will be a hardcover photography book in full color. I am using Photoshop CS3. I have the Blurb Booksmart Indigo HP color profile installed and added into Photoshop.

I have NOT however, calibrated my monitor. I’ve never done that before. My understanding is that I download the calibration software and tell it what the output printer will be, in this case that Indigo HP one. Is that the correct understanding?

Other than that, what else do I need to know about calibrating? I see that several people here suggest Spyder 2. Is this a good one? I would only calibrate my monitor in order to use Booksmart and make my pictures look best.

 So one has to install the Blurb Indigo color profile, AND calibrate the monitor. Then when editing photos, in Photoshop select the View Color Proof for the HP Indigo and turn on "simulate page color" and have the monitor calibrated to the same Burb printer profile that Photoshop is. Correct??

 Thanks!

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Jan 14, 2008 7:04am PDT
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