Free Shipping Promo....
Ordering and Shipping
I recieved an email from Blurb a couple of weeks ago saying I could get free shipping on my next book if ordered before Dec. 5th. So…..I ordered a book and got the free shipping. I noticed that the promo said you could only use it once.
Well, yesterday I got another email from Blurb saying I could get Free Shipping again if I ordered a book by tomorrow (dec 5th). I thought….."wow, that’s great. I’ll order another book then". So, I re-edited one of my older books and uploaded it and then tried to order it with the free shipping and it said that that promotion was already used.
Well, I understand when a promo is only allowed to be used once, but Blurb sent me that second email long after I had already used the first one. I think it would be safe to presume that they were giving me that offer again. I wasted time editing by old book thinking I could get it for 10 bucks less not having to pay shipping, and even was going to try out the premium paper, but now I most likely won’t order the book now. That’s just a shame.
Panoramas (two page spread)
Tips and Tricks
I’ve published four books with Blurb and have including panos in all of them. The first one didn’t line up well…as the gutter ate up some of the center of the picture on each side, so I re-did it and it came out very well. My following books have been 120 pages and I included panos in the beginning, end and center area of the book. I find that panos don’t work that well if they are closer to the beginning or the end of a book…as the turn of the page is tighter in those areas. As far as a center bleed, I find the best distance is a 1/8 of an inch on the right and left page at the center.
Basically I cut the photo in two in Photoshop. Copy and paste each half on a seperate black page sized the same as the book page. I then move the top layer (my half picture) over 1/8th of an inch from the center. I find that having that 1/8th area black hides the center better.
Once in booksmark, I drop the image where I want and make sure I hit the centered aligned button (not cropped). My panos have lined up perfectly on my printed books.
I’ve used this method to create both 8×10 portrait books and the 7×7 inch book.