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UK VAT
General Interest

The UK VAT must be irrelevant here, or am I missing something?

In the EU VAT is always payed to the country where the charge has originated. If the bill comes from the Netherlands it is their VAT that will be applied.

 And there are some other very nasty VAT rules in the EU. I purchased books from Amazon UK and had them mailed to my home in Sweden. And since the UK charges 0% VAT on books, Sweden interprets the VAT rule to say that they must apply their own VAT. So they did, and I was charged 25% Swedish VAT.

 Please do some more research on the VAT issue or you may be in for an expensive surprise.

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Apr 7, 2008 11:47am PDT
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Turning off "autosave"
BookSmart

Save a copy is a good work-around, but if your book is corrupted on opening, the save a copy will corrupt both the original and the new copy. I generally do a manual backup before every session. Go to "my documents" "BookSmartData" create a new folder called "backup" (or whatever), now find your project, copy the entire catalog to the "backup" catalog". If you need to restore just copy the catalog from "backup" to the original location.

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Oct 22, 2007 9:20pm PDT
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Is there really a downside to photos above 300DPI?
Book Design and Imaging

Good answer! Thanks for the clarification and the quick response. Btw my last book was 146 pages and over 250MB and the performance has been just fine.

Michael

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Oct 8, 2007 11:53am PDT
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Is there really a downside to photos above 300DPI?
Book Design and Imaging

The reason I ask is because I have seen the recommendations that there may be artifacts caused by the resizing to 300dpi when printing. The problem with uploading at exactly 300dpi is that if I somewhere into my project decide to zoom in on my 300dpi photo, then it is no longer at 300dpi. Or if I decide to change from one container size to a larger container size the image is no longer at 300dpi So then I have to resize and import the image again. That’s stone-age and takes away all the spontaneous changes and experimenting in Blurb. Instead I import the photo at the highest possible resolution and then I can resize or change containers whenever I want.

If there is truly a problem that might lead to artifacts in the resizing process for printing then I would recommend that you find a different program to resize, but why on earth should a commercial printing company have poorer tools to resize than a single user with PS or Elements? If this is indeed the case, then I would suggest as a new feature that you add a resizing function into Blurb which resizes the image to the appropriate size when it is time to publish, but keeps the original as well.

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Oct 8, 2007 10:29am PDT
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