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Apple iBooks process
Web Features

I’ve recently converted my Blurb print book to an epub format and set the desired retail price, however I have "not on ibook store" next to the icon.

 I’m in the UK, do I need to change the payment setting to USD to cater for the ibooks transactional process?

 any help or advice would be great, Blurb hasn’t made the process very clear of what or how you need to go about it.

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Mar 16, 2012 5:25am PDT
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Ipad and additinal tablet options
General Interest

I’m quite keen to see what happens in this area for photobooks in general since its the traditional production of the books where Blurb makes the majority of its revenue. And also how it works with Apple since they aren’t (if the Kindle is anything to go by) going to like the fact you are parting money with Blurb on an Apple format like i-Tunes.

From what I’ve seen the going rate for a photobook appears to be within the $5 range.

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Mar 1, 2011 9:41am PDT
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I want to see sales figures for BEST SELLERS
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I can tell you that to acheive bestseller status doesn’t take that many books,my own book reached bestseller status on Blurb in 3 days and I didn’t sell that many at all, even I was surprised.

Airsoft Infidels-The very best of Airsoft & Milsim photography: Book One

www.airsoftinfidels.com

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Sep 10, 2009 3:58pm PDT
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anyone sold any books?
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I released  a book about combat photography in the sport of Airsoft & Milsim gaming ( think paintball but with smaller faster bb’s) I created a site and sent press releases out to all the major Airsoft sites, podcasts picked up on it,the majority of sites picked up on it, I created a Twitter account to provide updates and even printed a set of Moo cards to hand out to prospective buyers.

 So far I have to say that I’m gutted at selling only 15 books since June, the sport is quite niche, the book looks amazing ( well I would say that!) but I do think its the pricing that’s killing sales, I get about 45-70 page hits on Blurb, I get an absolute ton from the main site but all this work and effort for 15 books has really taken my enthusiasm down a notch.

While I cornered the market and released the first ever book of its kind in the world I think pricing has been the biggest sales killer and I took the hit on the recent hike in Blurb prices so my customers didn’t.

I can’t offer any advice but would say think very carefully how deep you want to jump into self publishing.

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Sep 10, 2009 3:53pm PDT
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Does updating in Booksmart affect sales and processing status?
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I was fortunate to acheive best seller status for my Book Airsoft Infidels recently but I need to update a section in the book.

My query is..

Will Blurb still be able to process orders currently in progress?

Also will I lose my bestseller status by uploading a new version of the book even though its just correcting some text?

 I’m worried orders will be cancelled while I’m deleting and uploading the newer book

 P.S How do you delete a book from the Blurb site?

 Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

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Jun 2, 2009 1:13pm PDT
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Another very happy customer!
Book Printing

I received my second printed book from Blurb which turned out even better than the first one which was a little project I did, this latest book is very important to me because it goes on sale into the big wide world via www.airsoftinfidels.com to a growing skirmish sport community.

 I have to give credit because this latest book exceeded my expectations and I’m blown away by the quality, superb print quality and text repro, the book is 10X8, 80 pages and is a hardback with dust jacket, the delivery packaging was very secure and the book was absolutely in mint condition.

I’ll be ordering several more this week and sending out my press release to officially launch the book.

 

Thanks Blurb!

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May 27, 2009 1:43am PDT
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Book Arrived in 9 days
Ordering and Shipping

Got my Book, I posted in a previous thread  since locked by admin but said that I would update.

Packaging was very good, no damage, it was despatched on the 6th March and arrived via Royal Mail post in the UK this morning. I ordered a 10 X 8 image wrap with 40 pages.

Overall I’d have to say I’m quite happy with it, colours do appear a little subdued by comparison on some shots when compared to the source image photo, even ones taken outside in the Florida sun but text is very clear, pages are crisp and white with no marks or noise. I think had the images been higher resolution and approx 6-8Mb each in size then the image noise would have been reduced.

Well Done Blurb, my fears were laid to rest and the 9 day wait for it wasn’t too bad. My thanks to Kathy and Zo in customer services for the reassurance on the resolved shipping. 

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Mar 19, 2009 4:11am PDT
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Quick delivery
Ordering and Shipping

I think so many more people would make use of a tracked service if the costs were lower, in the UK at least registered first class or Special Delivery postal options only add a relatively minor cost, I just can’t see myself paying the same amount on shipping priority at a cost thats either the same or greater than the cost of the actual printing of the book.

Surely if a service grows rapidly cost become lower due to demand, 80,000 books Blurb published last year, wonder what 2009 will be?

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Mar 12, 2009 5:26pm PDT
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Pleased again.
Ordering and Shipping

You’re probably better off finding out what the interest would be in the book prior to doing it and seeing if the local bookstores or parish will support you. The only thing you could do is to buy a bulk order and get a quantity shipped in one go.

I ordered a book on the 28th feb, still waiting, but my next project is one I intend to try and sell, if the shipping is this bad as I’m reading here I really don’t see how Blurb can expect to survive.

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Mar 9, 2009 5:29pm PDT
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Great Service - quality guaranteed
Ordering and Shipping

Thats an unfortunate situation but like I say some consistency appears to be the gremlin that Blurb just need to iron out and I’d have to agree that dealing with 80,000 books is not a small outfit, if that doubles to 160,000 in the 2009 and 2010 financials then Blurb need more hands on deck – while I agree that complaints outweigh praise on most forums, for Blurb to progress it needs to keep the current customers satisfied to invest in their product or make the product appealing to attract new customers.

I’ve ordered my first book yesterday so we’ll see how that goes, I’ll be glad to post a shining review if all goes well and I’m already working on my second, I’m happy to give Blurb two chances at keeping me as a customer and all to the tune of over £30. However if I’m not satisfied I’ve got value for money I can’t be blamed for shouting that from the highest tree top on here.

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Mar 2, 2009 5:35pm PDT
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Can I get paid thru PayPal instead of a check?
Web Features

I think for 2009 there are two things Blurb needs to be focusing on – Customer satisfaction through consistency and improved functionality  in relation to customer payment and shipping.

If they don’t make any headway on either Blurb won’t be around for very long.

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Mar 1, 2009 1:36pm PDT
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Present my Blurb?
Tips and Tricks

depends on the layout, your best option if you can get a copy of the layout is to recreate the pages with Powerpoint, if its primarily photos you’ll be able to knock half a dozen pages up in 30 mins or less plus the powerpoingt format is perfect for presenting. Perhaps consider presenting just a sneak poeak rather than the whole book.

If however it has lots of text, art and design that’ll be trickier to pull off.

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Mar 1, 2009 1:28pm PDT
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Great Service - quality guaranteed
Ordering and Shipping

Thats good news, especially on the customer satisfaction and the fact you got what you expected but seriously how on earth can Blurb continue to lose costs in doing reprints?, Ive lost count of the amount of reprints on this forum, in my eyes that’s a business breaker. They really need to get some consistency.

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Mar 1, 2009 1:24pm PDT
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How can you make a photo as a background?
Tips and Tricks

I’m afraid you’re going to have to play around with contrast, colour curves and all sorts of levels to get it just how you need it, especailly if you’re putting text over the top, you’ll need to wash out the main image to a point where you text will work and is readable.

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Feb 26, 2009 7:38am PDT
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Dustjacket vs. Image Wrap
Book Printing

Thats a brilliant example, personally I prefer Wraps since dust jackets are always slipping off or can get ripped or creased which makes the book look tatty, however this is purely my own personal opinion, if Image wraps were cheaper I’d probably use it by default.

I guess it really depends on your cover as shown in a great example in DBournes post.

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Feb 22, 2009 5:09pm PDT
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Does Anyone Know????
Book Printing

I would imagine that Poland has an ISBN registry of some kind, have you tried Google for your your territory, its basically how I got my info for the UK.

I wouldn’t really worry too much about the "Printed in" by all means add it but I don’t think its entirely essential for your readers to be honest, I almost certainly never bother reading that part of the fineprint when I buy any book>

Blurb logo is the same technique again providing that page provides an image template from the many it already provides, since this logo is in the back of the book on the last page again, I wouldn’t worry about it.

 Image search in Google for the blurb logo, its going to be tiny so you should be okay with just grabbing one from the internet,

I really wouldn’t worry about worrying too much about how, where the Blurb logo should go, its not the driving factor for your book, worry about what and how you can sell the book to a customer, is the cover compelling, do you know who the book is targeted at? what makes your book different from anybody’s elses.

Worry about those first and foremost, if you get those right then you’re well on your way.

 

Good Luck

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Feb 22, 2009 5:04pm PDT
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File size
Book Printing

I was wondering that myself, I’m creating a 10X8 photo book at 40 pages and most of the images so far are 5-7mb each, I’m already at 245mb and still have 60 pages to add the images to so I think its easily going to be over 1Gigabyte.

That kind of worries me a bit but looking at the larger book examples on here I guess it should be fine.

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Feb 21, 2009 7:11pm PDT
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Does Anyone Know????
Book Printing

I’ll try my best at this one.

a. For Europe the Books are normally printed in the Netherlands.

b. An ISBN for the book will be for its specific region, if you are based in the UK you will need to register a UK ISBN, (£107 at the last look) if you intend to sell via Play.com, Amazon, BOL and various other sites then you’ll need an ISBN created here in the UK. I think a copy of your book also has to go to the British Library as part of that process.

c. You’ll basically need to get a copy of the logo an add that to your main image first so that the logo and the image of the book cover are one JPEG. Your best bet is to get someone with Photoshop to add the logo to your book cover image and then make you a JPEG of that entire cover, then all you’ll have to do is drag the image ( complete with Blurb logo) and add your title text.

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Feb 21, 2009 7:07pm PDT
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European needs HELP!
Ordering and Shipping

Tony -as ever you’re YODA on here – many thanks indeed for clarifying, my second dumb question answered in as many days.

Blurb needs to give you a salary :)

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Feb 17, 2009 3:46pm PDT
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European needs HELP!
Ordering and Shipping

So I have a superb idea for a photo book , the first and only of its kind- the means in which to create it but not the means to sell it via Blurb Bookstore because I live outside the U.S.

I saw on You Tube somewhere that the European market accounts for 17% of Blurbs business.

can anyone clarify if this is this really the case, can I not sell my book to customers via Blurb Bookstore?

 I’d greatly appreciate any wisdom on this particular subject.

P.S – I can’t afford to manufacture and ship books in Bulk to the UK and sell them myself, the only way I can turn any kind of profit is by selling through Blurb.

 

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Feb 17, 2009 3:13pm PDT
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Can someone just clarify a stupid question?
Book Printing

Thanks Tony much appreciated, I need to pay better attention to these things for sure.

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Feb 16, 2009 9:46am PDT
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Can someone just clarify a stupid question?
Book Printing

I’m looking to do an 80 page 10 X 8 book but does that mean it’s costed as a  "40 page" book due to the fact one actual page equates to 2 printed pages if printing on both sides?

therefore am I actually creating 180 pages or do I need to order a 40 page book for my 80 pager.

 Its a stupid question I know but I just want to be 100% before I either don’t have enough content or too too much for the page count I order.

 

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Feb 16, 2009 5:20am PDT
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Don't wasts your money here!
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I’ve looked at a couple of the threads about finished print quality and shipping on this forum and while it has to be said that Tony does an admirable job of trying to offer up a more balanced positive vibe I just find it impossible to fathom if there are more satisfied customers on these forums compared to the unhappy customers using Blurb.

I work in marketing and must say that if this was my forum for a product my company provided the general public I’d be investing more time responding directly to customers, certainly for a company that invested $12 Million into making this a reality.

The best form of marketing you cannot buy and is word of mouth, one poster who shall remain nameless said that Blurb do not make it a point to read these posts which, quite frankly is stoneage mentality, any company worth its salt in the digital age MUST put better resources into improving the customer relationship management (CRM) and the companies that stand out are the ones directly conversing with their customers on forums.

For example: An email from blurb responding directly to a customers woes in the forums for all to see and read about print quality or delivery issues and offering to rectify the issue has ten times the positive power than a continous stream of bad posts from unhappy customers can do for Blurb.

Just listening to customer feedback is the only way Blurb can turn the balance to favour themselves.

Ive yet to use their services but my first book is an important one to me and my prospective customers so I’m hoping to see far more positive posts by then.

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Feb 15, 2009 12:09pm PDT
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Idea/suggestion for a new format
General Interest

What size is a National geographic?, I just posted a thread about an intermediate size on the printing forum but apparently there are other sizes being considered, I was hoping for an 11X9 format softcover because the jump in sizes from the highest to the one down from that is way too much in terms of cost my opinion.

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Feb 11, 2009 10:40am PDT
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Waterstones, Amazon, etc.
Tips and Tricks

From a business perspective not being able to sell through a online retail outlet which primarily specaiized in books is a massive blow.

To get ISBN registration in the UK costs £107 per ISBN, I’m in the same boat as dasantillo, my book will retail for £20 but if Amazon are only going to give me £8 then I’m restrcted to independents which in this day an age of the economy are not doing massive business or have the same buying power or level of distribution.

It means additional expense of setting up a homepage with online transaction ability for people to buy my book and that’s a little out of my league.

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Feb 11, 2009 10:25am PDT
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