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Newest member of the Blurb team: Me!
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Hi Amanda,

OK, found it. Thank you for the link. 

Most of my info is here:

http://www.doubleblue.com

Great to have you on board and I hope we can work together on some projects.

Best,

 

Tim

 

 

 

 

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Jan 20, 2010 4:56pm PDT
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Why can Lulu, iuniverse sell books on Amazon, and Blurb cant?
Book Design and Imaging

Oh yea, it is better to get your own ISBN as you then can distribute to whomever you want. When a creator buys a Lulu distribution service and their material is assigned a Lulu-owned ISBN, Lulu becomes the publisher of record and all earnings are regarded as royalties for that material, regardless of delivery format. The creator revenue generated by sales of material with a Lulu-owned ISBN meets the true and legal definition of a royalty. Royalties are reported to the IRS and are subject to withholding. Thus, you lose your privelege as a publisher with a Lulu book. This is why it is complicated for Blurb, as it would have to become a publisher or else try to figure out how to assign individual ISBNs. Just buy your own, set up the bar code in Photoshop with a back cover image and you can distribute to Amazon yourself via drop shipping through Blurb.

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Feb 9, 2009 5:10pm PDT
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Why can Lulu, iuniverse sell books on Amazon, and Blurb cant?
Book Design and Imaging

I suspect you could incorporate and ISBN # in your back cover design and then you can sell the books on Amazon. Blurb has told me it is a bit complicated for its process to offer this feature. An ISBN # is required in order to sell on Amazon.

http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/isbn/us/isbn-fees.asp

 

 

 

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Feb 9, 2009 4:15pm PDT
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Darker Overall Printing?
Book Design and Imaging

I have 12 books and all are photo essay style books. I have noticed this shift to darker printing that some other authors have mentioned in the last blogs as well. My books from a year ago were pretty much WYSIWYG. Now, its a crapshoot but everything tends to be darker. While I don’t mind the saturation in color, you certainly tend to lose highlights in some shots. Is there a Blurb person who can respond to this? Has some overall change in printing or machine setup caused this?

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Feb 9, 2009 4:12pm PDT
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Clipped or not Clipped????
BookSmart

Hi Guys,

The Bates answer above was the one I was looking for. Thank you.

I have done a number of books and know the cursor trick, which is usually effective.

Aside from the cover, which seems to be a common theme, I seem to get them only on text pages where text is being linked from one box to another so it could just be a space or return.

Will run the book through today and see how it goes.

Best regards,

Tim

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec 2, 2008 4:31pm PDT
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Clipped or not Clipped????
BookSmart

Hi Guys,

Thank you for the input.

I need to get a "it WILL print OK" out of someone.

Anyone from tech support there or has anyone actually gotten a copy back that came out OK?

I have a 200 page book so I don’t want to make an expensive mistake.

I have another book that is also having the cover issue. I seem to think its reacting to a flowing font and it does look fine in preview as well.

Anyone from tech support to give us solid confirmation? 

Tim

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Dec 1, 2008 10:33pm PDT
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Clipped or not Clipped????
BookSmart

My layout shows the text is clipped but when I print it out as a PDF, it is fine.

 Should I ignore this warning or will it look diferent in the final form that gets rendered at Blurb?

Best,

T

 

 

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Nov 30, 2008 6:49pm PDT
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Great Product - Font query
BookSmart

The new BookSmart is great. Lots more options and faster to use in many ways.

I use a Mac and 200 pages with 240+ pics went smooth as silk.

One question, I wanted to use the same caption font throughout. Sometimes I got 13 point and sometimes 9. How do you make the font and size consistent without have to set every page. I think I did it accidentally, at least the font, but I am not sure how I did it!!

T

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Jul 8, 2008 3:30am PDT
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WOW 7 days plus for express shipping
Ordering and Shipping

Many times the problem is that companies use a black and white label for both Priority and Express because they are printed through a computer program and kicked out on a printer. Postal people are used to seeing the bigger Express labels and often will treat and Express package like Priority Air. Thus, the probable reason it sat in Ak for a few days. The solution is to have the shipper get some Express tape from the Post Office and wrap it onto the packages shipping Express. That gives the clerks a visual alert. The PO is supposed to refund shipping after I think 4-5 days if Express delivery is ignored and it is their fault. I think you need to talk to your postmaster. Blurb may have to initiate the refund.

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Jul 7, 2008 10:09pm PDT
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Additions to the book
Book Printing

Thanks Brian. A number of websites now have links to my current edition. If I do that, I still need to get every website that published a press release with an active link to update to the latest edition. It doesn’t solve the accessibility problem.

My thoughts are to put a link on the Blurb site from the oldest to the newest. I think that is something Blurb can easily do. Will work on that.

Thank you for your thoughts.

 

Tim 

 

 

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Jun 19, 2008 6:04pm PDT
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Additions to the book
Book Printing

Yes, but this is a case of Blurb once again not being wholesale driven, which is fine, just as long as we know what we’re dealing with. Blurb is first in the business of printing books, then selling them as a retailer and then way down the line dealing with wholesale interests.

What this does is make someone like me, who issues a number of press releases about his new book, now have to ask everyone I sent a release to to go to their site, find my release that they published, and change the link. Most will be reluctant to do this or it will take some time or just get lost in the shuffle. Its not easy getting press releases published all the time much less asking someone to change the link.

What Blurb needs is a re-direct function from the old book so anyone clicking the old link will get taken to the updated version. Or a re-edit function allowing an author to enter the Job Number of his old book when uploading the new version. As long as the new re-edits stay within the page count of old book, this would allow for updates. I wouldn’t mind being asked to reprint so Blurb gets its profit.

Right now, its not very self-promotion friendly to create a new book link for every edition.

The beauty of what Blurb offers is that every book can be a work in progress. But this system limits authors in promoting that very special aspect of Blurb’s product. You should look into this. Its what separates Blurb from your run-of-the-mill printer.

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Jun 10, 2008 11:31am PDT
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How do you edit a post?
General Interest

I apparently need the edit function a LOT! The above should say: "allows you to…"

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Jun 10, 2008 12:59am PDT
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How do you edit a post?
General Interest

I didn’t think so. Kind of odd? Every other Forum I deal with alow you to edit and add for about an hour after you posted. Thanks again

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Jun 10, 2008 12:58am PDT
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Anyone Received a Book With ImageWrap Cover Yet?
Book Printing

The image wrap looks OK. I also lost the inside flap info. Noweher did it say I would lose that when I ordered. I was under the impression that would wrap inside.

But my biggest problem is the binding. The book is not flush to the spine at all. It cracks and crackles when opened and paged through. There’s a good 1/16 of space between the bound pages and the actual cover spine. As a photo pro, I have enough exposure to printing to know that the pages will soon come loose.

Is this a one off or all they all like this? The color is fine but the binding is a real problem and I would not recommend getting Imagewrap if this is the way they’re all done. The books will simply fall apart in a short time.

TR 

 

 

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Jun 10, 2008 12:54am PDT
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How do you edit a post?
General Interest

Am I missing something? Can I edit a new post?

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Jun 9, 2008 5:40pm PDT
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Additions to the book
Book Printing

Hello,

I have my book posted on a number of sites with links to Blurb. I want to add some pages and change some photos around. I don’t mind buying another book but how can I get my newer version to retain the same link in the Blurb book store? I don’t want to have to change all of the links and press.

Can I add and edit a bit and still retain my present link? 

 

 

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Jun 9, 2008 5:34pm PDT
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Placing a book on Sale
Ordering and Shipping

I would guess you’d just go in and change your profit margin and then change it back when the sale is done. Blurb won’t change its cost so you have to make less money.

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Jan 9, 2008 3:24pm PDT
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Limited Options
Ordering and Shipping

I would guess you’d just go in and change your profit margin and then change it back when the sale is done. Blurb won’t change its cost so you have to make less money.

T

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Jan 9, 2008 3:23pm PDT
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Rough start but excellent customer service
Ordering and Shipping

Their customer service is great. Its the shipping options and prices that are the HUGE weakness.

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Jan 3, 2008 10:14pm PDT
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Limited Options
Ordering and Shipping

I just tried to have my book shipped to me after reading that Swiss Post ships to Asia. Since I live in Guam, US zip code 96921, there is really no reason to use Swiss Post as USPS delivers here fast and efficiently. But USPS is not offered. The problem now is that Swiss Post is also not offered even though its says it is. The only shipping options I get are thee levels of UPS. The cheapest is $107. So I can’t even afford to order my own book. Why does your shipping page say Swiss Post delivers to this US Territory and then not offer it as an option when the real shipping page pops up? And why can you manage to use something like Swiss Post and not USPS? How can this be such a major challenge for this company? Its has been stated previously in this forum that new and cheaper shipping options are a major priority in the coming year for this company. Well, its the coming year. Its 2008 and absolutely nothing has changed. When are you going to wake up? This is a lousy way to do business when I have to advise every overseas potential buyer they can’t buy the book unless they can ship to a relative in the states first and have them forward using US MAIL. This company can’t figure out how to use the US MAIL on its own but Swiss Post has been solved? I don’t get it. Can we get a target date for the implementation of the promised new shipping options so we can endeavor some sort of marketing plan? Why should we invest time and money in Blurb if it isn’t going to pay off?

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Jan 3, 2008 3:40pm PDT
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UPS to Alaska Blurb Please allow USPS.
Ordering and Shipping

Yep, they charge $100 to ship to Guam as well when USPS would be $12 Priority Air Flat Rate for my book.

So I doubt I’ll have any Christmas sales either.

Why is his a priority for next year. USPS is badly needed by Blurb right NOW!

TR

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Dec 18, 2007 7:44pm PDT
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soft cover
Tips and Tricks

The Booksmart program currently allows you to choose and create a soft cover. But Blurb refuses to print it.

The response from tech support was that it would create a gray button in the future to prevent this. They say soft cover 13×11s don’t last.

Hard cover 13×11 are very expensive. You should let the author/buyer make the decision on the soft cover and its durability.

I would certainly consider making layouts interchangeable. Layout people can resize photos if they have to. That’s a lots less work than starting from scratch, especially with books heavy in images or copy.

Now I have to create two new books when all I had to do before was redesign a cover. Let the layout person make the decision. I would have decided to take a chance on the binding and publish a 13×11 soft cover. People look at price points and your large hard covers are too much for most consumers.

These large books are not pocket guides. They don’t get that much use and abuse.

Offer a 13×11 Soft cover, improve the paper (100lb gloss?) and leave the program alone.

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Nov 7, 2007 8:33pm PDT
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2 Books, Lessons Learned
Book Printing

A PDF option saves printing reams of paper. It should be a smart move to make this in Booksmart to check for errors.

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Nov 7, 2007 8:24pm PDT
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Booksmart bugs
BookSmart

Ditto those sentiments and why is the cutline vertical for full page images?

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Nov 7, 2007 8:17pm PDT
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13x11 Cover Optons - Booksmart not smart
BookSmart

I have just tried to get a 13×11 printed in soft cover. Booksmart’s program offers this option. Tech support says it doesn’t exist… hard cover only.

Why does the damn thing show up in the program if it isn’t available?

Not so smart? Or is tech support out of the loop?

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Nov 6, 2007 4:00pm PDT
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