UrsaMajor wrote:(I admit that I wait for a sale, but that is just my frugal nature.)
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bakubo wrote:Right after I ordered the second B&W book last month I quickly put together a color book with about 50 pages using Premium Lustre paper as a test and ordered it. Even though it was shipped 4 days after the B&W book it didn't arrive until today, 14 days after the B&W book arrived. Darn, I guess their shipping method to Japan results in pretty random delivery times. I wanted to do a quick color test book to see how it looked compared to the photos viewed on my computer. If they look good and close enough to what I see then I plan to make some more books. Unfortunately, even though it was delivered today it arrived at another house and city that we are not at right now. I am not sure when I will be able to actually see it.
bakubo wrote:I noticed a few weeks ago that Blurb photo book prices have dropped. Also their shipping price to Japan has dropped. In 2015 this B&W book I made in Lightroom was $70, but now the identical book is $50. The shipping to Japan was $23, but now it is $11.
It arrived here in Japan today. Much faster than the book in 2015 when I started this thread. I am much happier with the quality this time! Maybe they have updated their printers or made some other changes. The Premium Lustre paper now gives a slight warm tone instead of the slight cold tone with a touch of green like before. Before ordering this time I thought about giving all my photos a slight warm tone, but I didn't do it. I am glad I didn't since it turns out Blurb now gets it pretty good.
Argonaut wrote:Just read this thread. Very interesting. I have had 2 color books made by Blurb and was happy with the results. Until reading this thread I had not noticed the "dots" and nobody else had commented. I guess with color they are much less obvious than in your first B&W. Anyway, just so you know, they'll be there in your color. I also had a lie-flat book color book done by Adorama and IMHO the inkjet they use is no better or worse than Blurb's Indigo. Viewed with a loupe the Adorama gets fuzzy where the Blurb gets dotty. Your choice.
Argonaut wrote:I suspect it would take a bit more money to have an 'art' quality book done.
bakubo wrote:I made both of those books using the Book module in Lightroom Classic CC. I didn't notice until after the B&W book arrived though that there is no writing on the spine. LR does not provide a way to do that and since it doesn't it made it easy to not even think about it when I made it. So, a few days ago I downloaded the free Blurb BookWright software since it gives more control, including putting something on the spine. It gives more control and flexibility, but also is a bit more complicated.
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