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Book commenting feature in the works. Tell us what you think.
Web Features

not exactly on topic, but what about a way for a book buyer to leave you a note when they buy your book, right on the purchase page? right now, i don’t think there’s a convenient way for a buyer to do this, is there?

also, a way for a buyer/fan to be on an email list and/or rss feed where they’ll get a notice when an author updates a current book or uploads a new book.

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Jul 8, 2009 11:54am PDT
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Anyone Received a Book With ImageWrap Cover Yet?
Book Printing

I have to give Blurb Customer Support credit. They’ve already started a reprint of my book and have sent me a UPS Return label for the defective book, all within *2 hours*!

That kind of service will keep me coming back.

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Jun 4, 2008 1:32pm PDT
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Anyone Received a Book With ImageWrap Cover Yet?
Book Printing

I just received my first ImageWrap, and there’s one very significant issue. I have a black background on my front and back covers as well as on the spine.

On the hardcover version of the book, the black background is seamless between front, spine and back:

http://flickr.com/photos/tracy_collins/2551749238/

On the ImageWrap, there’s a white “gap” between the black background on the covers and the spine:

http://flickr.com/photos/tracy_collins/2551749314/
http://flickr.com/photos/tracy_collins/2550927255/
http://flickr.com/photos/tracy_collins/2551749190/

It looks bad. Both the hardcover and the ImageWrap were produced from the same BookSmart file. I did’t think that I should have to do anything different to get the backgrounds of the covers and spine to be continuous, do I? Hopefully, this is just a glitch in production.

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Jun 4, 2008 11:16am PDT
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more detailed metrics?
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Hi Allan,

your suggestion would be exactly what I would like to see, and I agree, it doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult to implement, nor too risky, security-wise.

And, like you, I had to do some internet sleuthing and personal web site mods to determine the source of a sudden spike in visits to my book’s blurb page. Luckily, I had created my own domain name (that’s easy to remember) that redirects to my blurb page (which isn’t easy to remember). it also allows me to update my book on blurb (which will generate a whole new URL) but still keep one domain name for my book that’s under my control, and on which I can use Google Analytics to get the detail for which I was looking. I suggest that you give this workaround a try.

best,
tracy

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Apr 22, 2008 1:17am PDT
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more detailed metrics?
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i guess i don’t understand why you’d need a permissions list for more detail. other authors can’t see my metrics now, right? i wasn’t saying that Google Analytics should specifically be used for more detail, but was only using Google as an example of the the detail that i would like to see. even if only the domain from which a visitor comes to my book would be very helpful to know.

thanks for the reply,
tracy

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Apr 11, 2008 6:51pm PDT
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more detailed metrics?
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any chance of more detailed metrics, like Google Analytics (http://www.google.com/analytics/)?

i ask because recently i saw a large increase in the number of views of my book, but i have no idea where these views are coming from. it would be helpful to know what website is sending viewers to my book.

maybe it was as easy as supporting/adding the Google Analytics code by default to the book detail page.

thanks,
tracy

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Apr 11, 2008 11:10am PDT
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