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Does updating in Booksmart affect sales and processing status?
BookSmart

You should be able to delete your book from the book summary page, right below where it says you can create a badge for it.

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Dec 19, 2009 12:17am PDT
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Does updating in Booksmart affect sales and processing status?
BookSmart

I share this concern, as I have updated a book more than a half dozen times over the past couple of years.

I have refined and edited the book, and yes, I’ve had to upload it all over again, generating new URLs, etc.  

It would be nice to have a simple summary page, comparable to the other metrics graphs, so that we can track sales more easily, and if wwe are lucky, also see how our best sellers are actually doing.

 

 

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Dec 19, 2009 12:17am PDT
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Does anyone sell any books here?
General Interest

Over the past 2-3 years, I think I have sold nearly a hundred.  I’ve also sent it to two periodicals and gotten reviews, and have it for sale in two independent shops.  However, for the book stores, I have had to make arrangements to consign the books, since Blurb won’t offer traditional wholesale to retailers.  I wish they would. 

Greg 

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Dec 19, 2009 12:03am PDT
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I want to see sales figures for BEST SELLERS
General Interest

Why not publish these figures?  If an author wishes to opt out, that’s fine, but I agree with the comments above that suggest success breeds success, i.e., if your book is selling a lot of copies, it creates interest, and if it merits it, it should be noteworthy.  It would also allow users to network to learn from the more successful authors how they are achieving higher sales.

By all means, if a user wants to create a souvenir book, for Grandma’s Birthday, or Litte Billy’s first steps, that’s fine. But some of us are trying to reach larger, more commercial potential, and Blurb is a proven way to produce books and sell them. 

I think over the past three years I’ve sold around a hundred books.  What kind of success are others having?  

 

Similarly, I’d like to know where my online sales are taking place.  Blurb could let us know where our readers are, so that we could target our marketing efforts accordingly.  

 

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Dec 18, 2009 11:59pm PDT
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Revisions should be easy
General Interest

Lee,

Where there is a will there is a way.  Just because you haven’t done something, does not mean that it is impossible to do.  Every book that is sold yields adequate profit to you folks to be able to finance hiring someone who can make this happen.  

I wish Blurb would be more candid about what future developments it has in the planning stages, so that we could plan accordingly;.  Each new version is truly an improvement, but it would be nice to get some actual real live feedback on our suggestions, as to which ones are taken under advisement, versus those which end up just being wishes the content generator’s part.

 

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Nov 25, 2009 10:08pm PDT
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Revisions should be easy
General Interest

Hi. 
I offer all three versions of my book for sale.  To create my softbound and cloth wrapped versions, I needed to add additional pages, which works, but frankly is very problematic.

It’s problematic in that it creates two bookstore URLs.  Subsequently, my single book has to appear in two different bookstore URLs, and updating my websites and keeping customers informed of where to buy is doubly labor intensive as a result.

Can’t you get BookSmart to consolidate, and print out all three versions from ONE simple upload, and just have buttons to specify whether the cover flap-replacement pages can be tapped and used as required?  It woul certainly make thing a whale of a lot easier for us to update and renew our products.

Plus, if you could consolidate the bookstore pages to show all versions on a single page, and priced in a single pricing index, that would truly be an improvement.

Moreover, the different bindings require individual ISBNs if they are to be used in libraries—you know, those buildings that are full of books.

It seems that it would not require large output on Blurb’s part to allow its creators to revise without uploads.

 

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Nov 25, 2009 10:04pm PDT
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Waterstones, Amazon, etc.
Tips and Tricks

I am right there with dasantillo.  My book is 198 pages, costs $56 to print.  Amazon charges 15%. So tack on 15% you have $64.40.   I normally sell the book for $65, so this does me no good. 

 

All of the references to Amazon in the forums, that I found by searching, were either irrelevant, or like Mr. Dasantillo’s.  

Obviously, Blurb has not migrated to a more negotiable position on producing books cheap enough for us producers to sell them on Amazon.  

 

Perhaps at some point there will be a tipping point where enough seller seek better terms that would make selling on Amazon realistically affordable.  It is not now.

 

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Feb 4, 2009 7:50pm PDT
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Getting an ISBN Number for your published book?
Tips and Tricks

I googled Bowker.com and ISBN.  I got one for $150.  I bought it so I could sell it in more tradtional markets.  However, you are not supposed to use the same ISBN for a paperback that you use for a dust jacket or cover wrap edition.

 

I live in Austin, Texas  and don’t anticpate selling much oveseas, but you never know.

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Feb 4, 2009 7:35pm PDT
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Is anyone selling their Blurb.com books on Amazon.com?
General Interest

I searched but have not found them.  Perhaps I am searching in the wrong place?  I wil go hunt some more.   

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Feb 4, 2009 7:32pm PDT
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Is anyone selling their Blurb.com books on Amazon.com?
General Interest

If so, I wondered what your experience was? What conditions they impose, and so on. I had heard that they required proudcers to keep an inventory on hand.  Anybody know about this firsthand?

 

Thanks,

Greg

bisonwerks@gmail.com

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Feb 3, 2009 11:42am PDT
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Is anyone selling their Blurb.com books on eBaY?
General Interest

If so, I wondered what your experience was? What conditions they impose, and so on. I had heard that they required proudcers to keep an inventory on hand.  Anybody know about this firsthand?

 

Thanks,

Greg

bisonwerks@gmail.com

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Feb 3, 2009 11:41am PDT
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Feedback on first book
Book Printing

I, too, was bummed that the cover flaps disappeared on the higher end and lower end choices.  They should warn you about that, take the blank page where they put the logo, and allow the content to surface there, if no where else.

 

Thanks
Greg

 

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Oct 4, 2008 1:47pm PDT
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Keeping constant font color?
BookSmart

I have a book that is running about 200 pages.  I am using white type on gray background, I think it was called darkroom layout.

When I edit text, it adds the new text in in black, while the type I use is white.  So, each character I type in, I have to go back, select all, and change it to white, if I want to ensure I have hit all instances.

There doesn’t seem to be a way to lock the default font. A forum said you could lock a single font on one page, but it doesn’t say how.

Is there no way to set this to proactively keep with the same font on the same page?  THere are LOTS of characters on a page of 11 pt. font… 

 

 

 

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May 10, 2008 11:37pm PDT
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White type on black backgroung
Tips and Tricks

I used white type on a gray page. My book has a lot of text, but have not put it up for sale yet. 

I’ve had numerous compliments on that.  My book includes my photos, but the text is more important.  Its appearance pleases me and that is sufficient for me.  

I’ll let others fight out what background looks the best… Cheers.  Greg 

 

 

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Jan 17, 2008 5:08pm PDT
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