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O'Shields And Then O'Shields
Book Design and Imaging

....this is one of the most helpfull threads I have ever read on the forums…...

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Sep 19, 2008 2:23pm PDT
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Bookstore Staff Picks - Do They Actually Look Inside?
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Haywierd was being admirably diplomatic, (and correct in his observation)....

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Aug 22, 2008 12:10pm PDT
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Is blurb considering offering slip-cases?
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What I did was, I found a good local book binder to do a small number of slip cases for my 8"X10" book, "Another Mexico". He did a great job and it was extremely cheap. I’d look for either a professional or amateur book binder in your area. They’re not as rare as you might think, nor as costly…

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Jun 5, 2008 4:04pm PDT
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Buying new digital camera
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yea, I like DPReview, too. Excellent consumer and expert critiques of a whole range of cameras.

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May 9, 2008 12:19pm PDT
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Photo Shop
Book Design and Imaging

I agree with everything Lee says, except for the small point that after you modify your image on photoshop, it’s a really good idea to save it as a Photoshop file and a JPEGJPEG is the format that you upload to your book, but the Photoshop file is the one you can go back to and alter once again, or add or edit your text, (if any). This file is kept in layers which can each be manipulated in future, whereas if you only have a JPEG you can’t play with the different layers- (the text layer for example.)

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May 8, 2008 10:48am PDT
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Any conflict or advice if I want to take my Blurb-designed book to anoth...
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.......or just take your Blurb book and scan 20 pages or so at the resolution you prefer- put it on a cd and send it to them. Present it as a ‘proposed layout’ only- publishers like to shape and design a book according their reading of the market.

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Apr 30, 2008 1:55pm PDT
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Dust jacket protector
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Another way of protecting the dust jacket is to have a book binder make a custom slip case- that’s maybe more than most people want to spend, but I’ve found that the price on a slip cased hard cover book can go much higher because of the percieved higher value/quality  due to this kind of presentation. It pays for itself and then some. And book binders are not as hard to find as one migh think….....

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Mar 17, 2008 11:10am PDT
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Forum activity declining !!!!
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I wonder too…...The forums are one of the really interesting features of the Blurb site. I’ve had so many of my questions answered- just by keeping in touch with forum contributers’ comments. It’s been incredibly helpfull to me.

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Feb 23, 2008 12:03pm PDT
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InDesign export to JPG then into BookSmart....
Book Design and Imaging

I was aqdvised by Blurb staff at one point to be sure to design Indesign or Photoshop pages at 600 dpi, and then convert  to JPEG and then import them to your Book. I’ve noticed that the type quality is better than previously when I imported at 300dpi. Even so, the type on those pages which were composed in Photoshop are not as high quality as the type which appears in Booksmart text boxes. (I’m refering to the  appearance of the actual physical books when I recieved them- not  how things look in ‘Preview’ mode on my screen).

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Feb 10, 2008 11:47am PDT
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Paper Type and Blurb logo
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Hey Tom! Nice book…..I hope you liked it, although I gather you were’nt totally pleased with the print quality….but it looks good on screen, anyway….K.

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Feb 4, 2008 3:27pm PDT
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isbn and barcode
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It would be cool if there are any Blurb authors out there that have used Amazon to sell their books. I wonder what their experiences were…...(maybe I missed such comments in another forum)

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Jan 25, 2008 4:18pm PDT
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Authors, photographers, journalists: Is the line blurring between amateu...
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Well Brian, I agree with all that. I always used to tell the students, (when I did a bit of teaching to would be painters and graphic designers/illustrators that one thing they will and must develop is a close and abiding familiarity with their materials , tools and media. The brush becomes an extension of the hand and the camera, an extension of the eye and so on. Obviously professionals get the chance to develop that familiarity because they are at it all day ,everyday and most amateurs have’nt  the same opportunity or time to do so.   Still, vision and talent shine through where ever it may find itself- in pro or ‘amateur’........at least that’s my gut feeling about it.

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Jan 25, 2008 3:59pm PDT
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ISBN Number
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Yes it is. The ISBN bar code should appear on the back cover, probably in the lower left ,since I notice Blurb uses the lower right to place it’s on product bar code.

Keith

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Jan 24, 2008 12:08pm PDT
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Authors, photographers, journalists: Is the line blurring between amateu...
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Yes, I think that pretty well sums up the debate as well as I’ve ever heard it expressed. It has far more to do with personal vision than almost anything else- how that person sees the world and how his ideas tell me something new about that world…......And whether that person understands all the intricacies of digital or film photography is of a lot less intrest to me. So I don’t care very much whether that talented individual is considered to be  an amateur or professional. We all start out as amateurs afterall.

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Jan 22, 2008 1:39pm PDT
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isbn and barcode
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There is a web site out there which will generate a bar code for you when you type in your ISBN…...for free. Try searching Bookland EAM in google- or type in ISBN number to bar code, or some such and you’ll run across the Bookland site. I just did it a couple of days ago. ....ISBN number for free from the Canadian government and then free bar code and then photoshopped it on the back of my book….Keith

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Jan 22, 2008 12:40pm PDT
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Calibrating monitor for the first time
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I have never calibrated my monitor nor used the printer profile. I guess I should. Nevertheless, the colours are so dead on accurate in my  Blurb books that I suppose I need’nt  worry too much…....

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Jan 15, 2008 9:04am PDT
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my books arrive today to Mexico!!!
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Alejandro….Gracias, acabado de pagar como 140.00 dollars por la paqueteria. Tenia la suerte de no pagar impuestos. Pero si,.. si ordenas 40 copias de la misma libro, generalmente tienes qur pagar 17% de su valor como impuestos. Nada mas que …tengo gente en la frontera muy lista que podia importar los 40 ejemplares sin costo a mi- menos la paqueteria obviamente…...

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Jan 13, 2008 5:03pm PDT
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Adding Captions Below Pictures
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I had the same problem- I ended up doing a photoshop layout for the spine and dropping it in as a jpeg. Your book may be a short one- hence a very narrow spine which does not accept  much text easily….or is it a soft cover (which do not accept text on the spine).

 If it’s hardcover, once you get over a certain page count, the box for the spine broadens to accept more or larger text….but as I said I gave up and used Photoshop instead.

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Jan 6, 2008 11:07am PDT
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Blank pages
Book Design and Imaging

No, you don’t have to delete your original book before uploading your revised version. The revised version, when uploaded is considered a ‘new’ book by Blurb.

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Jan 6, 2008 10:55am PDT
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a book by non u.s. citizen in blurb bookstore
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You can have your book in the Blurb Bookstore, but only at cost- you can’t realize a profit if you are a non- U.S. taxpayer. The Swede probably has his book listed at his cost price….....

 However, as staff have noted before they are working on making it possible for all of us foreigners to sell at a profit- by the end of Q1

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Dec 31, 2007 10:32am PDT
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Why are page uploads so slow
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Good advice. I only average 37 MB per hour when uploading a book. I start the job at about midnight and by the time I get up the next morning it’s done. Slow, but better to have adecuate resolution then speedier upload and poor quality…...

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Dec 31, 2007 10:27am PDT
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How long will a book last?
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So, Blurb wedding books easily outlast the average marriage, right?

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Dec 30, 2007 3:56pm PDT
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Is jacket and cover the same ??? - and a little about the "endpage".
Book Design and Imaging

That’s right, the actual cover of a hard cover book  is plain. Your title, author’s name appears on the spine and face of the dust jacket. According to what I read, embossing of the title and author’s name on the actual book’s spine is being considered as an option. But right now, they are plain.

The actual last piece of paper of a hard cover book is an endpaper, matte finish. (This also occurs as the very first ’piece of paper’ in your book- called the ‘front endpaper’)  At the back of the book a  small blurb logo occurs on the preceding page to the endpaper-  It’s fairly discreet- you can’t have any other text or  fotos on that page.

Also, remember, you don’t HAVE to have the Blurb logo appear on the copyright page near the front of your book….although most Blurb book creators seem to leave it in. But it only MUST appear at the back of the book- back side of the last page- before the endpaper. (an endpaper is not actually considered a ‘page’.)

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Dec 30, 2007 3:52pm PDT
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Photos are 1200 x 1800. Am I screwed?
Book Design and Imaging

This was presented in The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers basically as a (unorthodox) resizing technique. You can not expect to generate much high quality detail where none existed in the low res photo. However if you are faced with the situation like carl where he wants to use a low res foto for a full page bleed in Booksmart, then this is a way of accomodating the optimal res guide lines for a full page without generating pixel artifacting, (which occurs when you arbitrarily type in a higher number in the resolution box which you find in the "image size" window of PS CS2). The trick is to type in your higher res number and then select "bicubic sharper", and then click "OK". You could try this technique in combination with "smart sharpening" in Photoshop to see what you could do with the detail in a less then sharp foto. But this is stuff you do in a pinch, of course. Far better to start off with a high res file in the first place.  It’s sort of a case of "garbage in, not such bad garbage out".  It’s kind of interesting to see what happens to the look of fotos when you start to experiment with the different sharpening options available in Photoshop. The one presented by Scott Kirby won’t be found in an "offical" Adobe Photoshop Manual…..but it’s definitely worth playing with.

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Dec 30, 2007 3:34pm PDT
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International Authors - code drones, scribe slaves and pariahs!
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I know what you mean, but management has said that they are looking to resolve all of this before the end of Q1…..I look forward to selling through Blurb as well….K.

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Dec 24, 2007 10:44am PDT
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