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Book to book consistency
Book Printing

Shannonholm,

I agree with you. I don’t consider myself a professional but I and my wife have created 10 books over the last year. Most have been for private use and several have had more than one printing order. In all cases I have made all orders ship to me. In this way I can review each book for errors and can hand them out or ship with knowledge that the receiver will get an acceptable book. My concern is not having, in most cases a family member or friend, have to deal with Blurb directly. Blurb is extremely good on making all books a quality product and will correct errors but unfortunately workmanship at the printers can vary a lot.

Len

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Jan 7, 2009 10:38am PDT
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Book to book consistency
Book Printing

mltphoto,

I wasn’t very clear in my response. The contents of your book will be printed on an HP Indigo 5000 series printer (These printers us a liquid system to carry the toner to the image unlike the xerox iGen series that use a dry toner process) The dust cover with be printed using a different printer, probably an ink jet system. The two printers are not color matched and therefore your images will not be identical in the book and on the cover. From printer to printer I have found the book photos to be close but not identical to one another. The difference are acceptable for my use but I’m not sure about yours. The problem with re-orders is that you have no control over which printer printes your book. So even in producing a test or proof book it is difficult since the book will be printed by a printer is somewhat random fashion. Now getting back to an image on the cover, since the printing process for book and cover printing, the same photo in the book will be rendered differently on the cover. I have found additionally that the the cover printings are not as well controlled as that of the books themselves. Blurb does have a special service, for more money, that as a professional you might take advantage of to minimize some of the differences I mentioned. Contact Customer Support for more information.

 I strongly support what Brian said about proofing a book. But keep in mind that your book might not get printed by the printer that printed your proof. My books have alternated among three printers, one three miles from my home, one in MA, and one in WA. Despite some of Blurb’s claims, distance from your location have little bearing on which printer is chosen. Three separate proofs of my recent (private) book came from 3 miles away and my order ot 15 books came from over 2K miles away in WA state. Go figure. (The standard response will be printer backlog at the closer printer)

 Len

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Jan 6, 2009 12:08pm PDT
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Book to book consistency
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mltphoto,

I have been creating and ordering books for over a year from Blurb. My experience with the hard bound books with the printed cover is that the internal book printing is pretty consistent. Not identical as when ordering  a large number from a single printer. B&W color shifts as you might expect are more noticable than with color images. The covers on the other hand can be dramatically different, especially background colors. The covers are not printed on the same printer as the books and  the color shifts can be quite large as I found on my last book (private printing). This has caused a small problem in that the books were given as gifts and now several on the individuals have asked to purchase additional books for their children. The printing have now come from two different printers and the green color of the cover vary from a sherwood green to bluish green. It takes a little explaining that the difference is not a defect. If the background color of your proposed books are critical, you might want to contact Blurb Support to see if there is a way around this. I think there is but it will cost you.

Len

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Jan 2, 2009 7:31pm PDT
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Completed book in hardcover format but really wanted softcover copies as...
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Rich,

Sorry. I didn’t catch the size of your book. Nevertheless. I wish Blurb did do a "soft" cover for the large size book. This would be a more cost effective way to get a "first proof’. But I do agree that most people would not be satisfied with the soft cover version if it’s the same as the standard size book The curl would be pretty bad. Glad Mark gave you a way around your problem.

Len

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Nov 17, 2008 5:44pm PDT
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Completed book in hardcover format but really wanted softcover copies as...
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The cover is an order "option". You can order the same book in any of the 3 cover options and with regular or premium paper. Six options, same book.

 

Len

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Nov 17, 2008 3:41pm PDT
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Imagewrap, hardcover
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BKS

Imagewrap is essentially the soft cover format since it does not have the inside flaps. Any of the cover formats should work (but no flaps). The Text areas are fixed and the image areas on the cover are fixed. You need to select a cover format that best work for your vision of the cover. Keep in mind that if you try to import an image in the the text field (area with lines with the grey field) it will not import. You have to move it to the outside boundry of the test area. Once the image is inserted it can be resized and moved around. As and example you can choose a format that has a text box at the top of the cover and insert a ful size image. Resize the image and move it below the text box. Now you can type in the text and the picture is below the text. By choosing the right picture it’s possible to print text in the image, for example a full bleed photo with blue sky might allow you to print text (use clear test) right into the sky. Lots of variations on the theme—-or you can create your cover image in a nother program and import into a full bleed cover.

Hope I helped in stead of adding confusion.

Len

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Nov 7, 2008 6:45pm PDT
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Extra Two Pages at the End of My Book
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Anh,

The last page will always have the Blurb logo unless you pay extra to have it removed. Since you filled all 40 pages (20 sheets) Blurb added one sheet, i .e. , two pages. Feel free to add another page to your book for no additional cost or remove 1 page to keep it within the 40 page count.

 

Len

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Sep 16, 2008 5:19pm PDT
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Why is Blurb still using UPS?
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Just another point of view. I have only had bad experiences with FedEx deliveries in my area and would hate for UPS to not be an option.  I have had numerious orders go astray with FedEx. I guess it is not a corporate policy of either UPS or FedEx to provide poor service but poor service can result from uncaring or poorly trained individuals in the delivery chain. I am all for more options that I can select from but I would not want to eliminate an option because of poor service in some areas.

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Aug 30, 2008 10:29am PDT
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Text in a picture box
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hoalani,

The text instructions in the window put there by Blurb will not print. If you click on Preview book on the bottom of Booksmart it will show you what will actually print. Click on Edit book to get back to your active version.

Len 

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Jun 14, 2008 7:51pm PDT
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I have the Warning (!) sign on the cover that won't go away
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Glad you solved the first problem.

Len 

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May 19, 2008 7:59pm PDT
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I have the Warning (!) sign on the cover that won't go away
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hahsg,

The first problem could be caused by something you have on your title page which feedback to the cover such as oversized text. You might have to contact customer support if you can’t get it removed or you need to provide more information about the problem. Could be other issues like you changed the text in the tocked spine, etc.

 As for the second issue Booksmart creates a generalized book or you could call it a "complete" book. The printing options, soft, hard or imagwrap are only chosen as printing options. Soft cover is exactly that. But here is no printing on the inside of the cover. The hard cover option includes a book cover with printed flaps but the book cover itself is black fabric with no printing. The imagewrap is a hard cover with printing on the front and back. Think of the image wrap as a softcover laminated to a hardboard support. (Actually wraped over it.) It’s best to complete the cover as if you were going to do a hardcover book. That gives the option to have any of the three version printed. I’m saying that as someone who always use the inside flaps for printing since it is most like a professional book with book cover.

Len 

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May 19, 2008 7:58pm PDT
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Remove a photo
Book Design and Imaging

Kootenai4360,

Normally just dropping in a new image will kick out the old. Did you try that?

 

Len 

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May 17, 2008 7:49pm PDT
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How can I insert filename for the pictures?
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Jeremy,

 Thanks for the information. Was not aware it could be done that way.

Len 

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May 16, 2008 9:16am PDT
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How can I insert filename for the pictures?
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hahsg,

Unfortunately, I don’t think there is away to do it automatically. This is something I could also use. A suggestion to Blurb if there are enough photographers out there might do the trick for the future.

Len 

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May 15, 2008 5:24pm PDT
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Disappointed in print quality
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coffeenut,

I hope  you took Jeremy’s advice and filed a report with customer support. Your complaint seems a little strange in that you are satisfied with the colors but you can see the dot pattern (without a loop). I’ve had books printed by Blurb since last November that came from printers in the Springfield (MA), Seattle (WA) and Rochester (NY) areas. Except for very slight variations in hue shift and lightness the consistency has been amazing. On the other hand we could debate the "photo quality" of the reproductions in the books. None of mine are. They come close to good photo books I can find at Borders but if I wanted photo quality I’d have to pay a lot more or go for "tiped in" photos.

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May 15, 2008 5:16pm PDT
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Imagewrap
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CasaDeWoof,

I was wondering the same thing myself, but from the description I’d so no. Which is unfortunate. I like the information that I usually place on the two flaps,

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May 9, 2008 8:29am PDT
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.Tiffs converted to .Jpegs
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michlrp,

Sorry, my previous posting was in error. I missunderstood what you did with your prints. Having them (the prints) enlarged by Walmart et al will give you the enlargement factor you need but the quality might suffer as you are going to be scanning a third generation image (negative, print, scanned print, print, scanned print, file to Blurb,  Indigo print). Having the original 35mm negs enlarged to 8×10 would be best but so would scanning the negs instead of the prints (even better).

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May 7, 2008 5:35pm PDT
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.Tiffs converted to .Jpegs
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michlrp,

 I would not judge the images by what you get back from the photo shop. Both retailers may have a system that rescale your files before printing. Blurb uses your files as is. You could resize your files in Photoshop but that would not be as good as rescanning the originals. I just had a photo book of a trip to Portugal taken in 1980 (No public yet) published with 405 scanned 35mm Kodachromes. The JPEG files were in the range of 2-4 MP (4053×2635 pixels) after converting from tiff. The book came out very well but required a fair amout of work in Photoshop since the dynamic range of the chromes far exceed that of the Indigo printer.

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May 7, 2008 5:19pm PDT
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Black and white photography
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edgarangelon,

I’m afraid that based on your critical need for neutrality you may not be satisfied with Blurb printing for your B&W photos. The neutrals (grayscale) are being formed with CMYK using sRBG JPEG’s. The net result is that the system provides the best color mixture to provide each neutral step in your gayscale. Unfortunately, slight process variations during printing or the color of  your viewing illumination can/will give you a color that is off "neutral".  I don’t think there is a good solution right now. Not even soft proofing will give you what you want at this point. This (grayscale) might be something that Blurb will provides in the future if there is sufficient demand. Right now I think color has bee the main focus.

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May 7, 2008 4:55pm PDT
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no blurb logo
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pjoyphoto,

 If you want of remove the Blurb logo on the copyright page, delete the page. You can make up your own page in its place. The very last page with the Blurb logo cannot be removed. That one is required unless you pay the additional per book charge.

Len 

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May 6, 2008 3:55pm PDT
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Blurb Converts Grayscale to sRGB
Book Design and Imaging

I don’t think Blurb will convert your images. Your images should be JPEG’s saved as sRGB color space. The answer is you do it.

 

Len 

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Apr 7, 2008 6:59pm PDT
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Softcover covers - confusion...
Book Printing

beheis,

I have done both soft and hardcover books and definitely prefer the hardcover with the dust jackets. I’m not sure the softcovers are any more durable than the dust jackets. The jackets seem to have a laminate or coating on the the surface that increases the durability. The softcovers develop a curl depending on the humidity of the room, the corners can be dented easily and of course if you like the information that can be placed on the end flaps, that is not available with the soft covers. Oh yes, there is no spine printing on the softcover if the book is less than 80 pages. 

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Mar 30, 2008 5:20pm PDT
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I want to publish my own novel!
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snkchrmer,

You are quoting a price from one of their services that provide professional help including asigning an ISBN # to your book. Individual books can be published for less than $10. Check out the site out in more detail or give them a call or contact directly. I am quite certain there is no $500 up front cost to get started. 

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Mar 24, 2008 9:35am PDT
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I want to publish my own novel!
General Interest

snkchrmer,

Blurb is a great site if you want as few as one or a few dozen of a self published book. The minimum size is 7×7"  or 8×10". No variations from this except you can choose soft cover or hard. They produce superb color printing which seems to be their main focus.  The paper is a semi-gloss and despite the complaints from the art community it is a little heavy weight for a novel. I would recommend LuLu as a good site if all text novels are your main interest. I believe their rates for text based novels are lower cost than Blurbs since that was their original product. They also have a bookstore concept to market your novel somewhat like Blurb. Just Google Lulu.

Good luck , Len

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Mar 23, 2008 6:41pm PDT
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single-sided printing
Book Design and Imaging

achaiet,

Unfortunately, I don’t think so. The page count you are billed for includes all pages. Boths sides of a sheet. It seems to me even the final blurb logo page that can only be printed on one side is included in the total count. You have to look at your blank pages as part of your book design to add impact, otherwise just print on both sides and save half the page count. You could always add background color (say grey) to the blank pages and get more for your money since that will have to be printed. Any way the book should have greater impact with the blank pages.

Len 

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Mar 23, 2008 6:29pm PDT
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