Saturday, March 06, 2010

Book update

So I started item #3 (these don't all necessarily have to be done in order) - checking into Blurb. Here's what I found.

1. With the options I need, the Blurb books are slightly smaller (8x10 versus 8.5x11) and cost about 50% more. This is supposed to be a low cost alternative to prints so cost matters!
2. Opinions on print quality vary. Some people seem to think one's better, some the other. But I do notice the more recent ones are impressed - they may have had a major quality upgrade at some point.
3. The way their pricing works it's not per page, it's within a range, so if I go with them I might as well go with 75ish images to keep on the high end of a tier.
4. It's not that much more expensive to print a 80 page book versus a 20 page one so there's no point in doing a pre-test, I might as well upload all the images.
5. They apparently have some nice formatting software which might be easier than doing a PDF.

So I think I'm going to go with that route in mind - reformatting the images to Lulu's spec and changing printers won't be difficult if the quality isn't high enough to justify the price.

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