Blurb Aggregated Reviews
I’ve used blurb and had good experience. They’ve native book building module in Lightroom that made it pretty effortless.
I’ve been using InDesign to import my PDFs to Blurb for printing my images and this has worked quite well using an 8×10 inch format. Blurb offers downloadable templates for InDesign for each of their formats. This may be worth looking into if you are interested in doing a print run. One thing to keep in mind is that Blurb offers somewhat limited formats with each of their offerings.
We’ve made a dozen different photo books using Blurb. Not the hardcover large coffee table books, but the magazine-size, premium paper softcover photo books. I’ve made them as short at 30 pages and as long as 200 pages. Depending on your page count, they can cost up to $30-40. There are always coupons and promo codes for Blurb printed books though. I’ve never had books printed for less than 25% off. Father’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day will all have coupon codes for Blurb.
I make books occasionally at blurb.com. They have their own software, “booksmart”. I think they have new software now. Booksmart is great if you have consistent layouts that repeat, but not great if every page is unique. I haven’t used the new software.
If I want more flexibility, I’ll build the book in the freeware desktop publishing software Scribus, and export as PDF, then upload that to blurb.com.
You can buy your own book, and you can share the link with friends and they can buy your book also.
You can get a giant 13×11 book with 80 pages, premium paper at blurb.com for about US$100:
We bought parents albums from Blurb to check the quality, they arrived this week and the inside of the book is lovely, but we had a black and white photo printed on the cover and it’s got a blue tinge to it. We don’t think we will get our album from them after all!
FWIW I have used Blurb for many photo-books and been very pleased with the results. These I had made as magazines on high quality paper, so they aren’t actual photo albums. Yours will be larger, higher quality, and more expensive. That being said, Blurb often has great sales up to 30-40% off and I think they’ve got good customer service.
Changelog – pre-ecosystem era
v0.1.8 Hound @ apps.the.gt – b2b prospecting platform
v0.1.8.1 Business directory – content experiment to support b2b prospecting platform.
v0.1.6 GRIN tech affiliate program is live.
v0.1.5.3 GRIN jobs experiment started
v0.1.5.2 Working on cool in-house lead gen project - Art Director is preparing 100 picks of Business Cards in various niches.
v0.1.5.1 GRIN games emerged
As a web agency we never could and never will be able to escape the urge of building things.
Among million other things we played with an idea of text-based games and the last piece that was missing was the story itself. So via in-house outreach platform we found two established writers that believed in the project and agreed to participate.
Shout out to Richard Abbott who wrote Fraud on Thetis and Eva Pohler who sent us a huge draft we are still reading through.
At some point we realised that list building, fetching contact details & outreach tech work just as well for b2b lead generation
v0.1.3 Once, we fell in love with ecommerce, because of short feedback cycles on marketing & development efforts.
Today we ship into production inhouse SaaS project - AVOKADO - the web app for learning languages with flash cards.
The year after we built it we realised how long is the road map ahead & what resources we'd need to promote it and decided to put it on hold.
One day as we ship GRIN tech v3.0 into production we'll distrupt the language learning market with Avokado.
We love Wordpress and recently shipped two plugins into open beta for commercial sale.
v0.1.2.2 King The Monk - wordpress plugin to virally grow your email list
v0.1.2.1 Plain Conversions - wordpress plugin to convert your visitors
v0.1.1. Expanded core offering to visual productions
v0.1 It's Autumn 2017 and GRIN tech agency's website is born.
We have it saved for the history.