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How does Blurb.com compare to Lulu.com?
General Interest

I’ve used both.  Lulu was less expensive, but Blurb’s quality was much better. This is for a book printed in the US, BTW.

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Feb 28, 2009 11:45pm PDT
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Is anyone selling their Blurb.com books on Amazon.com?
General Interest

My book, Loud Talker, is on Amazon. I don’t push it though, since due to the high printing costs and the fact that Amazon charges 50%, I can’t make any money selling there. I think it would be tough to sell Blurb printed books through any of the std book reseller channels as they all charge a pretty high discount, so to make money you have to price yourself out of the market.

To answer your inventory question, they start off with a low initial order ( I think mine was 3) which they pay for up front (50%.) After that they re-order as needed, and the volume of the re-orders are based on how the book is moving.

The book I just finished, Where Discovery Sparks Imagination, is being printed in Hong Kong, where I can get it printed for less than $8 in qty 2000. The same book on Blurb cost me $64.95. BUT, I do still print 10 or so on Blurb to use for advance copies to send to reviewers, jacket blurb writers, etc. I can get the Blurb books in less than two weeks, it takes 2 months to get the order from China.

Bottom line, I still love Blurb, and I still have them print some of my books, but for books I plan to sell through resellers in larger qty I use an alternative.

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Feb 24, 2009 2:49am PDT
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Designing book in Adobe InDesign
Book Design and Imaging

Yes, aop, you can link text frames together so that text flows back and forth from page to page.

I have used InDesign CS3 for 2 books.  Since I’m using CS3 I can export directly to JPG, which I then place into booksmart.  I use fonts as small as 6pt on some pages and everything comes through sharp as a tack!  I definitely recommend this approach.

 JJ

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Sep 28, 2008 12:11am PDT
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fully justified text
Tips and Tricks

Booksmart doesn’t support justified text. However, I do all of my layout in Indesign, export JPGs of the pages at 300dpi High quality, and have had great results with text, even down to 6pt.

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May 12, 2008 10:09pm PDT
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Adding Pages in bulk
Tips and Tricks

This is pretty easy. Start by adding a couple of pages using the template that you want to use for the rest. Then select all of the pages you created, by clicking on the page icons at the bottom of the screen. To select multiple pages either hold down CNTL or SHIFT while you cick the page (for Windows that is. I don’t know about the Mac.)

Once you have them selected, press CNTL-C to copy them. Then press CNTL-V to paste them. Now you have 2x as many pages as you sarted with.

 Do this again, select all the pages, copy and paste. Now you have 4x as many.

It only takes a few times and you have LOTS of pages!

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May 2, 2008 8:19pm PDT
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Cover
Book Design and Imaging

Just to add my vote, I would LOVE to have a cover template that allowed full bleeds on all five sections (or even better, a single image bleed across the entire cover.) I’m certain every other person who uses Photoshop or InDesign for layout would agree!

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Apr 17, 2008 11:39pm PDT
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Any chance of shipping one day early?
Ordering and Shipping

My orders almost always ship earlier than the initial estimate. For example, I just had an order of 20 books that was scheduled for 4/21 that shipped today.

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Apr 17, 2008 1:33am PDT
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Info: InDesign Page Sizes and Bleeds
Book Design and Imaging

Try this: Using Indesign, create a 10" x 10" doc with one inch bleeds on all sides. Place a black rectangle on the page, that is sized to include the added bleed. Then export the page to a jpeg.  You’ll find that the resulting image is 10×10, i.e the bleed makes no difference in the export – it is completely ignored!  So, unless I am doing something wrong, I think you need to set the InDesign page dimensions to include the bleed you need in booksmart, and set the InDesign bleed to zero.

Best regards,

Johnj

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Mar 1, 2008 12:07am PDT
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