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Hidden pricing
Ordering and Shipping

Thanks Tony – glad to see you are still the font of all Blurb knowledge.

 

Yes – it’s obvious now. I guess I was used to seeing the table of prices for page ranges and I my eyes never registered the new per-page pricing.

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Mar 18, 2013 7:00am PDT
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Hidden pricing
Ordering and Shipping

It’s been a while since I logged in to Blurb. Why is the pricing now hidden?  I would like to cost a book but looking on the "book pricing" page all I see is the base price (20 pages) and a load of useless (to me) information on paper types.

I would like to know what the price is for a book in a given format of N pages. I used to be able to see that.

I also heard that Blurb now charges per page. Is that true? If so, how come it isn’t stated on the "book pricing" page.

 

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Mar 16, 2013 12:12pm PDT
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Can I get paid thru PayPal instead of a check?
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Thanks for the update Kathy.

 

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Feb 19, 2010 12:43pm PDT
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Can I get paid thru PayPal instead of a check?
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The Paypal feature is long overdue.

I’d be interested to hear when the current Blurb "roadmap" predicts we will get this much-needed feature.

 

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Feb 17, 2010 6:14am PDT
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ISBN hardcover vs. ISBN paperback on Blurb
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You’ll need to make two separate projects.

Unfortunately you’ll also have to buy two copies. Not very elegant, but that is the way of it.

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Jan 13, 2010 1:16pm PDT
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Paypal for the book makers profit payment instead of cheque
General Interest

I haven’t made enough to trigger a cheque yet – thank goodness!!

It’s odd not wanting to be paid, but frankly I don’t – not until I can be paid via Paypal or some other form of on-line payment mechanism. Cheques are a) expensive b) a hassle to cash and c) incur large bank charges.

Blurb, did you know that cheques are being phased out in the UK? A hint that they may be past their use by date :-)

 

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Jan 9, 2010 12:22pm PDT
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STAFF PICKS question
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Sorry to sound picky, but I find your "staff picks" to be very strange in the light of what your FAQ says.

Some (many?) don’t even have descriptions of what the books are supposed to be about. It would appear that the staff are picking based on the cover, not the content. Indeed, before I read the FAQ I imaged the "staff picks" were just randomly selected by your system, without any human looking at them.

 

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Jan 9, 2010 12:13pm PDT
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Is it easier to use a publishing program like Pagemaker or Indesign and ...
Tips and Tricks

If you have the ability to use something else then I strongly suggest you do. As in anything else, professional tools designed for a specific purpose usually simplify things.

You’ll also find that professional layout tools like indesign are far superior when it comes to formatted and justified text.

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Dec 8, 2009 5:18am PDT
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Question about disclaimers and copyright...
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The works of Jane Austen are long out of copyright. There is no problem in that case.

I think you are making a meal of this!

If you intend to give it as a gift to one friend and only intend to print it once (so you get it bound) then why ever would you put in a disclaimer?

If you are intending to do something else (like selling copies from Blurb) then the answer is NO. Any disclaimer you write will carry zero legal weight. You don’t have permission and neither does the fanfiction author (presumably).

If I were going to do this I wouldn’t have said anything to anyone – let alone posted my intentions on here in public. 

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Nov 20, 2009 4:25am PDT
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Question about disclaimers and copyright...
General Interest

The short answer is no. It’s a copyright violation (both the original author’s characters and the fanfiction author) and Blurb really shouldn’t print it. I should imagine there is a clause in their Rules that say this is not allowed (reproduction of anything under copyright without permission – Lulu certainly has such a clause).

If you say nothing to anyone, don’t put in any disclaimers and print it and give it as a gift to one person who you know then I think you’ll be fine. Adding a "disclaimer" is just drawing attention to your illegal activity.

Note that I’m NOT encouraging you to break the law. It’s akin to shoplifting.

I’m not a copyright lawyer either. Just use common sense. 

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Nov 19, 2009 8:48am PDT
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Marks on My book on cover and pages inside! help
Book Printing

Email again and ask for the address.

There is a specific address for emailing pictures of book damage to. It should be in the email you received the first time.

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Nov 13, 2009 10:53am PDT
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So what's the deal with "Just Published"?
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You are right Tony.

I guess it doesn’t really make much difference as to whether it’s on page 10 (assuming your figures and 50% are public) or page 60 if only appearing when made public.

Either way it’s a lot of books.

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Nov 10, 2009 11:11am PDT
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So what's the deal with "Just Published"?
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Am I correct in thinking that a book will not appear on the first page of  "Just Published" unless a copy is bought and it is made public at exactly that moment?

I think that if that is the case it is a little unfair.

A book should be "Just Published" when it first becomes public regardless of when the first copy was bought. I would find it peculiar if, on finally receiving my first copy to inspect it for mistakes and then making it public, it appeared on page 30 or page 50 of "Just Published" because it took three weeks to get to me. To me that isn’t "Just Published".

Unfortunately it does seem to be the way it works – I’m interested to know what others think.

 

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Nov 10, 2009 5:01am PDT
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ImageWrap book cover
Book Printing

Most of the system is probably automated. There is no quality checking. That is the trade-off for going the print-on-demand route.

 

It isn’t a lot of money – not compared to going the traditional route.

 

Talk to customer support – that is the correct way to go about addressing your problems.

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Nov 5, 2009 9:05am PDT
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low-res warning; all images at least 150dpi
PDF to Book

In my last book I lazely scaled in indesign – I wanted thumbnails of every book page to make an image index at the rear of the book. I scaled the export to 75 dpi, so when I used them in the book they were thumbnail size, although obviously the number inside the jpegs was set to 75. The pre-flight complained (warning only) that these images were too-low a resolution (which obviously they actually weren’t).

It appears the pre-flight only looks at the dpi number in the file – not the actual ppi as used on the page.

 

I could be wrong though – but it seems that way. :-)

 

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Nov 4, 2009 2:49am PDT
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Different color
PDF to Book

This still appears to be a problem – although perhaps its nature has changed.

I uploaded a book from Booksmart in about May and the cover was shown pretty much the same as I see the original image file on my screen in RGB colour space.

In September I uploaded a PDF version of the same book. The resulting cover thumbnail and preview was undersaturated (although actually close to what you get when it is printed with CMYK).

Today I uploaded another book (part of the same Series so with the same front cover photo and uses the same inDesign file) and the colours are garish! They are over-saturated and far too contrasty and I also notice the thumbail is more muddy (so, apparently it’s either been blurred slightly or saved in a more compressed form).

I now have three identical front covers in my uploaded books area, none of which look the same. I have very real concerns over the latest incarnation of thumbnail and preview of the cover – the colours are way over the top and the heavy saturation makes the cover look very ugly.

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Nov 1, 2009 10:04am PDT
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Book Contest Voting
General Interest

Would Kathy Badertscher like to comment?  :-)

It’s not too late to change how it works on the website (remove the leaderboard), although I guess you won’t change it until next time there is a competition.

Perhaps also next time open the contest to those of us who already have books (and have obviously already bought a copy)  Why should it only be open to those who happen to have made a book recently. It’s pretty unfair.

Anyway, I look on in interest to see if things might change. I shan’t even vote at the moment as I refuse to participate in such a biased contest. Someone currently on the leaderboard will win; anyone entering now can forget about winning as the die is cast.

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Oct 27, 2009 12:53pm PDT
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How do I get the spine layout correct?
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You don’t say what software you are using. If you are using the InDesign templates then the guides are already shown; just keep within the guides.

 

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Oct 23, 2009 4:41am PDT
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Book Contest Voting
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I don’t have a book in the contest (because I refuse to purchase another copy to do so! But that’s another gripe) but I have to wonder why there is a "leader board".  It strikes me as wholly unfair. Voting patterns should be completely unknown until the voting is finished.

It is inevitable that books appearing on the "leader board" will attract more votes simply because they are already on the leader board. It’s self-reinforcing.

There should be no leader board, and those books that are in the contest should be displayed in a randomised way instead of being displayed in the same order every time.

Currently the system is very biased.

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Oct 23, 2009 4:37am PDT
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InDesign Sizing suggestion, multiple PDF/X3 export standards
PDF to Book

The instructions for loading the Blurb preset are given in the Blurb documentation that comes with the templates.

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Oct 17, 2009 12:55am PDT
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Book commenting feature in the works. Tell us what you think.
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I agree bomoore.

I think it would be nicer to have a greater separation between the public-facing "bookstore" and the Blurb-community-facing profile.

I’m also concerned about this commenting feature; one could so easily end up with what happens on Flickr where comments are just used for self-serving purposes and any serious critical reviews of other authors work are just deleted by the author.

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Oct 12, 2009 2:25am PDT
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Advice on Paper Choice? Regular or Premium
Book Printing

I think it depends on where you are located.

In Europe I hear that there really isn’t that much difference between standard and premium papers. I’ve had my books printed on standard and they seem fine to me.

Apparently that is not the case in the US; the standard paper is not as opaque as that provided by the European printer.

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Oct 12, 2009 2:07am PDT
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Best Blurb Books Contest
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So even though I have published a book this year and already bought a copy I can’t enter it without buying another copy?

Hmm. Not very good and seems rather unfair really.

 

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Oct 9, 2009 6:01am PDT
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Suggestion: Make it possible to have limited numbered editions!
General Interest

I agree. It would be nice to see this feature.

 

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Aug 13, 2009 11:41pm PDT
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Preflight Error
PDF to Book

I’ve had on-going font problems since the Beta and have yet to produce a book through PDF upload!!

I found that the font problem is apparently due to a condensed font after much cutting down of my book until I got the actual frame with the error and then running it through the pre-flight check at work.

Converting to outlines really isn’t a solution – it’s getting around a fundemental problem that really shouldn’t exist. You may as well go and load your PDF into booksmart the old way! Lulu, for one, have never had a problem with any of my PDFs. Blurb really need to tweak their pre-flight so it passes these kinds of font "problems". Goodness me – I’m using Palatino Linotype – hardly an exotic font!!

 

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Aug 6, 2009 12:15pm PDT
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