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PDF/InDesign or BookSmart?
Book Printing

Brian,

so that would mean edit the entire book with already images oversharpened for print. Hmmm… I don’t think I would like that because then the PDF wouldn’t look good on screen il the lo-res version, which is my second publishing option (through issuu.co). 

I guess at this point I will have to use my old workflow then. Takes a little longer because of steps #2 thru #4, but at least I have absolute control over the quality and, at the same time, I can produce a beautiful PDF at screen resolution for web publication on issuu.com

Thanks for your input Brian.

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Aug 10, 2009 4:50am PDT
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PDF/InDesign or BookSmart?
Book Printing

I am interested too mostly for sharpening.

My previous workflow for making Blurb books was:

1) InDesign editing

2) export all JPGs high quality

3) sharpen them one by one in Photoshop (oversharpening a little to compensate for quadtone printing process)- one by one because different pages need different levels of sharpening

4) import in the Blurb book and send for print.

How should I modify my workflow? Where should I do the sharpening?

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Aug 9, 2009 10:46am PDT
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Why is 5-7 days processing time acceptable?
Ordering and Shipping

"Due to the volume of orders we’re printing for the holidays, we’re experiencing slight production delays of a few days, and wanted to let you know that it has taken longer than expected to process your order(s). We’re working around the clock on getting your order to you as soon as possible and expect your order to deliver on or before Wednesday, December 24."

Thank you Blurb… you should rename yourself Bluff, not Blurb…

Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

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Dec 19, 2008 8:10pm PDT
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Why is 5-7 days processing time acceptable?
Ordering and Shipping

7 days passed since my upload and it still says "processing"... I can deal with it but at least they could be a little more descriptive with the status, don’t you think? For example the could say "file uploaded and waiting to be processed", "color correcting the file", "printing", "binding",...

Would it be just too hard for them to add a couple more printers and hire more people? Every time I published something with Blurb it 7+ days to get it shipped. Which means that no matter what period of time you send the book in, there is a waiting line… They are obviously doing well as a business, the demand keeps rising, why not increasing the capacity of their production line?

 

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Dec 17, 2008 6:09am PDT
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Why is 5-7 days processing time acceptable?
Ordering and Shipping

Blurb has longer processing times every time I use it… it’s getting pretty ridiculous imho….

If you have really so much work can you hire more people and buy more printers? Isn’t this just common sense?

Best regards,

FG

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Dec 15, 2008 8:29am PDT
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All Blurb book pages now printed on the HP Indigo
Book Printing

Any chance that you will offer 10×10 any time soon? Is this even a move that you are considering?

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Oct 20, 2008 9:17pm PDT
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Two requests for the future of Blurb!
Book Printing

Another vote for 10×10…

Is there a technical difficulty involved in offering more sizes? Is this why Blurb has been stuck on the offerings for a long time?

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Oct 20, 2008 9:16pm PDT
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"Set your price" mid-solution for Europe? Why not redeem profits as gift...
Web Features

Totally agree with the OP (original post)... I would love this option even for US residents. No check in the mail, no taxes to pay, just free books / magazines from blurb (and at some point you might even join forces with bigger websites and offer coupon on – say – Amazon or other giants)

Is there any official statistic available for what is the average profit of any given published item on Blurb? My guess is less than a few hundred dollars is the average. So why go through all this hassle for a few hundred bucks? Just give the option to redeem the credit (to US and non US people) and only for US to request a check. This solves every problem and makes most of us happy anyways…

Thanks Blurb,

Francesco 

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Nov 21, 2007 1:25pm PDT
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I love this web site too, but...
Web Features

For now, since you cannot handle the taxes issue internationally, can’t you just offer the option of paying the income in blurb books?

For example, let’s say I prepare a magazine that costs 20$ to print and I decide to charge $25. Each 4 magazine copies sold just send me a free copy… isn’t that easy and simple? Most of the Blurb authors could use a few free copies of their books / magazines anyways, maybe for promotion or even just for gifts… isn’t it much simpler this way since you are not really paying anyone income but just giving free stuff away? Works like a discounts…

Think about it :-) 

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Nov 21, 2007 1:12pm PDT
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Spine - no images?
BookSmart

So if I re-installed 1.8 I could still do what I want to do?

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Oct 31, 2007 7:25pm PDT
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Spine - no images?
BookSmart

I see…. This is very disappointing and is a deal breaker for me since I am trying to publish a magazine and need something to appear on the spine… I personally didn’t care about alignment with the front or back cover. I wasn’t trying to "wrap" around an image… i was just trying to put an image created on purpose for the spine (134 pixels by 2192 pixels – tall and narrow). 

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Oct 31, 2007 7:24pm PDT
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Spine - no images?
BookSmart

I am working on a large project that involves many people so it has been going on for a few months now. I originally started a 1.8 square book and among the various cover layouts I had found one that had the possibility to load an image on the spine.

Now I have downloaded 1.9.1 and restarted a new book (this time 8×10 portrait) and I don’t seem to be able to find a cover layout that has this option. In all the available layouts the spine is plain white.

Is there any way to get an image (no matter how cropped will result) on the spine?

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Oct 31, 2007 7:10pm PDT
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