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Booksmart 2.5.1 SLOW
BookSmart

Having used Booksmart since summer of 2006, I must say that 2.5.1 is the best version yet.  I’ve just finished a 330-page photo book of a trip to Europe last summer (going to upload today), and 2.5.1 so far has performed flawlessly.  The ability to edit/create page layouts really makes it a useful program. I must say, however, that it ran much better and more smoothly after I upgraded to 4GB of RAM (running Vista SP2). Sorry that I have no solutions to offer, though…

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Oct 31, 2009 11:06am PDT
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I LIke v. 2.5 (so far)
BookSmart

I’ve just installed v. 2.5 and am using it to edit a 330 page photo/text book of our Euro-tour from last summer.  So far, it’s more stable than previous versions, and I really like to ability to edit page layouts – I’ve used it extensively in this book without a hitch.  I’ve noticed a few minor irritations, for example, I had captions beneath photos with some text in italics.  When I changed the text from Caption (Georgia, 8 pt) to Body (Georgia, 10 pt) text, the program did not carry the formatting forward, and I had to go to each caption and re-italicize the appropriate text.  Other than that, so far so good!

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Oct 4, 2009 9:51am PDT
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Why must I buy a book before it can be published?
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Thanks for the suggestion, Pat.  I had thought about that.  However, my target audience is only about a dozen folks from across the country who accompanied us on our trip to Italy and Greece this past June.  <shameless plug mode ON>Although I think it’s a fabulous book with great photos <shameless plug mode OFF>, I don’t think it will have much appeal beyond that—I have no profit motive here.  I just want to be able for them to go to the site and order what they want, but I also want to have the best edition available for them, hence my dilemna….thx!

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Aug 21, 2007 8:13am PDT
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Why must I buy a book before it can be published?
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<Rant Mode ON>OK, now I’m just ticked off.  I went to announce the 2nd edition of the book I uploaded a couple of days ago (I have 12 days left to order) to the other members of the trip which this book documents.  Lo and behold, I can’t even announce it to potential buyers without buying another copy!  See above post.  When I try to use the announce feature, it tells me "Attention! You can’t announce a book until you’ve ordered a copy. You have 12 days left to publish this book."  So, here’s another question:  Why does the author have to be the first one to buy the book?  If I can announce a book, and get at least one buyer within 14 days, all should be good, right?  If I get no buyer, and I don’t buy a copy, then delete it <del>- I’d be OK with that.  But to not be able to notify potential buyers of a book they will want unless I spend ANOTHER $91 is NOT good customer service.  In the service, we would have called that a Catch-22.<Rant Mode OFF>

 That said, I am very happy with the way the copy I received turned out, as well as another 13×11 book I did (called Ikona -</del> check it out :-)  So far I’ve published 7 Blurb books (2 private) and am sold on this service and hope it matures quickly and moves out of beta.

Blurb, if there’s a legitimate business reason or constraint for this policy, please share it with us.  Thanks and keep up the GREAT work!

 Glenn Jones

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gcjones
Aug 20, 2007 9:16pm PDT
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Why must I buy a book before it can be published?
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I agree with yonosey’s reply except for this situation.  I uploaded, purchased, and received a 116 page, 13×11 book (total cost $91, incl. tax & shipping).  Even though I proofed it diligently, when I received it I found one or two small errors that needed to be corrected, which I did.  When I uploaded a 2nd edition, I found out that I can’t make it public until I spend ANOTHER $91 for a copy of a corrected book (which I don’t really need/want).  Now THAT makes no sense. 

 Look at it this way—I got one book, which I am happy with despite the minor mistakes, and I paid full freight for it.  I have others who will be interested in buying it, but I can’t make it public until I buy another one.  We should be able to upload at least one or two editions of the same book without having to shell out almost, in this case, another $100.  Blurb, what is the rationale for this policy please?  Thanks!!!!!

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Aug 18, 2007 6:14pm PDT
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