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Help in sales
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My experience is that sales of “real books” are not affected negative by online publishing or the book preview,quite opposite. Think of the very successful book version of weblogs (The satorialist or Ai Weiwei) I have only started recently to offer ebooks as well and sold some. I cannot say whether the book preview cannibalises the ebook. In theory that szenario seems very likely. I think it depends on the page count and the amount of text etc..
One of the key insights on books and their sale was to understand that people nowadays buy books as a kind of souvenir, a collectible.

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Jul 5, 2012 8:56am PDT
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More-money-than-sense of simple insanity might help?
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It will be hard to find printers who do single prints. In general you can do cheaper books when you order 50 or more copies from a local printer. But you can do that with Blurb too.

I have calculated what the true costs of packing,shipping,accounting and correspondence are if I would ship books myself. You can forget it…..Your profits will be eaten up. Also in my country there are legal regulations for mail order businesses that make such an enterprise on a very small scale totally uninteresting.

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Jun 18, 2012 1:10am PDT
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More-money-than-sense of simple insanity might help?
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You never know until you try. I would add the the e-book version, because that allows you to offer attractive price.

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Jun 7, 2012 7:31am PDT
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Hey Blurb your are messing with my prices/margins
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I put in the margins a couple of time in yesterday and somehow the sticked at least until now:).

I hope Blurb will look inot that. Customer service replied immediately to the preview query,which I “fixed” myself by switching a book versions to color paper.

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Jan 30, 2012 12:29am PDT
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Preview
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I played around and saw that the image wrap and hardcover versions of my coloresd paperback were set at B/W print! After I had switched that to color the preview changed to color again.

It seems that also the problem with the wrong prices are related with different printing options on the same book. At least I hope so.

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Jan 29, 2012 6:31am PDT
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Hey Blurb your are messing with my prices/margins
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I was surprised to see that the preview for colored books went to B/W and worte a mail to support.

Even less funny is the fact that Blurb has erased all my profit/margins on books for sale to ZERO!

I was wondering why some sales went out with no profit for me already! First I thought my mistake.

Today all margins are at ZERO.

I tried to restore the old levels and saved new /old prices. But they do not stick.
When I look at the tabs for myprice and store price those values are out of range completely!

BLURB wake up and get that fixed please!

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Jan 29, 2012 6:22am PDT
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Preview
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I wrote a bug report today because my color book went into B/W too..

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Jan 29, 2012 6:09am PDT
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Help in sales
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I commend to show always the whole book. Would you buy a book in a bookshop where they tell you you can leave only through the first 15 pages ?

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Jan 18, 2012 5:06am PDT
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Selling books
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I started to sell some books in 2009 just for fun. Meantime sales come in regularly every month at a modest but slowly increasing level. The money is still tiny, but as said it is really fun to create own books. I have 3 more books in the works and hope to publish 1-2 of them in 2012.

I do not do expensive picture books. I prefer the Blurb paperback books which have proven very reliable and consistent in quality and they are very affordable.

As to marketing I think it is necessary to have at least a website and a blog which talk about or relate closely to your book project. People who buy my books buy them because they want to have in hands what they have read and seen on the net.

My experience is that if the book interweaves with your online publishing in blogs and websites it will sell quite naturally. Books can be sold if they grow out of an interesting online activity I believe. I think it is much harder to produce a book and then try to do the online sales work. For me it works to start with the online publishing while your working on the book project. That way you will already attract potential readers before the book is published.

I know that other people do it in a different way by approaching interest groups for their book topics directly or offering book projects to groups,clubs etc. like a commissioned piece of work.
For example those books about railway topics by Martin Creese could be such a project for a company which wants to hand out those books to employes or customers as a gift. There seem to be as many ways to sell as there are book projetcs.

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Nov 22, 2011 12:27am PDT
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Pleased!
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Hi Alex, congratulations! The book is really awesome!

Here is the link that works :).
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2628111

Martin

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Nov 11, 2011 5:11am PDT
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Are my photos still too large?
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There is somewhere a tutorial that explains what the best image size is. 300 ppi is ok, but if you have very large sizes than it might be a problem still if you use many images in many small image containers on one page.

Here is a link to the help section
http://blurb.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/78/kw/image%20resolution

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Nov 8, 2011 12:01am PDT
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Price Increase
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No “outside printers” would use their own layout software. They would require your images and text as pdf or other document. Publishers who can do a professional pdf are in the best position as they can work with almost any printer.

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Nov 6, 2011 12:21am PDT
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Price Increase
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In general I think that Blurb prices are market conform,which does not say that I always find that great.

For publishers who want to take the risk of buying a bigger lot of their own books it is always an option to check local printers! If you are prepared to order 100 copies or more you should get a good deal around the corner.

@joyeuse
I commend to try the paperback versions on blurb. The colored ones with 41-80 pages and softcover are at 10,95 Euros. I got a proof copy recently and think the image print is great for art,comics or childrens books.

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Nov 5, 2011 8:03am PDT
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The New Blurb Ebooks
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@blurb staff
thanks for the clarification as to apple store.

@tismark
I am grateful that you pointed out to the copyright infringement issue.

The potential damage that I see for photographers and other visual artists is that people buy the high resolution ebook and use the files to get a reproduction print on one of the POD sites at a cheap price. The visual artist might wonder why his prints do not sell anymore (on same sites?) but the ebook circulates a lot.

I would expect that Blurb is interested and motivated to provide an ebook format that makes such scenarios impossible. There should be a way to lock images in an e-book away from being printed.

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Oct 25, 2011 2:02am PDT
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The New Blurb Ebooks
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I have gone through the process to sell an ebook on blurb and had to accept some apple store TOS on the way.

Why is this? Is the book submitted by blurb to apple store? Support says something different but has not answered my question. If I need to submit the file to Apple directly why is Blurb requesting me to accept the 30% commission taken by Apple etc?? I am confused.

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Oct 24, 2011 1:02am PDT
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The New Blurb Ebooks
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Ok it was the reader. You have to use the IBOOK reader on the iphone. Thanks

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Oct 21, 2011 1:41pm PDT
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The New Blurb Ebooks
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Hi Tony,
so how do I read an ebook on the iphone? As author I have to download and purchase from blurb server first.
I also believe that any e-book I buy with Itunes requires an e-reader like Stanza, which is a kind of standard.

Martin

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Oct 21, 2011 9:32am PDT
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The New Blurb Ebooks
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Same here, I downloaded and send the book file with email to my Iphone. Opened the book with Stanza and it was a complete mess. Also the mail aplication of my iphone was chrashed by the mail. I could not delete mails until I had restarted the phone.

 I do not dare to publish e-books on the apple platform unless Blurb gets these things clarified. 

They should give us authors the option to see the book before paying too! Now I have paid only to know that something does not work.

 

 

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Oct 21, 2011 6:13am PDT
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Is loose pages a problem in other countries too?
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Blurb had to reprint my (dutch printer)book 4 times because of pages falling out at the end of the book.

With the 4th re-print the book was ok.

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Jul 29, 2011 5:33am PDT
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Received my 13x11 ProLine Uncoated book!!!
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Thanks for sharing the experience. The book looks awesome. Perhaps I try some black and white photos in future too.

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Jul 17, 2011 9:43am PDT
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Pages falling apart
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OK there month later and with the second re-print the problem has is gone. The copy I received today does not fall apart even though I cannot see any major changes in the construction of the back and binding.

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Jun 14, 2011 8:12am PDT
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Blurb nice product but very author unfriendly
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I think one cannot compare POD with other printing or bookmaking productions. In POD the single book always will be more expensive than a copy of a 2000 edition in offset.

As far as I know Blurb is offering bulk rates if the author is buying a certain number of books. They are also prepared to do special rates for certain editons as far as I know.

To consider Blurb as author unfriendly in general is not justified at all. Quite opposite. All I know is that POD companies like Blurb are an option for authors to do their own thing with the lowest possible entry costs into the bookmarket. 

The only way to cut your costs per copy is to go for an edition with an offset printer, but then you have the full financial risk if your book does not sell or sell very slow.

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Jun 10, 2011 2:17am PDT
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Very Happy
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Hi Amy,
great to hear that you are so pleased. Would you mind to tell us what type of book it was?

Paperback or hardcover,which paper , how many pages and what binding (glue or stichted)?

The best experience I have is with text paperback up to 80 pages (glue binding)
Also paper backs in landscape format up to 50-60 pages, premium paper never let me down.

The only headache is a landscapeformat hardcover with 160 pages (glue seems not strong enough)

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Jun 8, 2011 9:13am PDT
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Pages falling apart
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I thought that books with less than 120 pages were stitch bound anyway?

I will have a third print of same book soon. If that falls apart again Blurb said they will refund me.

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Jun 5, 2011 8:58am PDT
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Pages falling apart
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Same here! 160 page standard landscape reprinted, need to treat it like a raw egg. The alternative is the small square or books with less than 120 pages. See my blog post

The small square inserts the pages ca. 7mm into the hardcover whereas the standard landscape format inserts it only 3,5 mm, a design flaw. 

The re-print was done very fast. I send a mail pointing out to the design flaw which was answered by dead silence :). 

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Mar 9, 2011 7:52am PDT
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