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Re: Blurb B&W photo books

Unread postby UrsaMajor » Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:33 pm

As a personal comment, having bought from Adoramapix I consider their product to be visibly superior to photo-books that I have seen from other sources.

I have also been very satisfied with their other products - especially a framed 10"x30" print of a three-generation family photo that was shot last year.

As Paco says, each person should make their own assessment of the value associated with that superior quality. (I admit that I wait for a sale, but that is just my frugal nature.)

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Re: Blurb B&W photo books

Unread postby pakodominguez » Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:44 pm

UrsaMajor wrote:(I admit that I wait for a sale, but that is just my frugal nature.)

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Well, Tom, everybody do that these days, it's the way retailers in general are driving the business...
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Re: Blurb B&W photo books

Unread postby bakubo » Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:21 am

Pako, I am not ignoring you. I was off to India when you replied, but I just got back from 4 weeks in India and now back in Japan. Lots to do, but I will get back to this thread as soon as I get my sh!t wired again. :)

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Unread postby pakodominguez » Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:39 am

No Problem ;-)
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Re: Blurb B&W photo books

Unread postby bakubo » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:34 am

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.

About 3 weeks ago I decided that since this book was still in my Lightroom catalog that I would try again with Blurb. Before ordering I decided to make a couple of very small changes to the photos in hopes that they might look better. I added a bit more contrast to the photos and I made a virtual copy of the photo that would be the cover and gave that one less contrast. I also made a few other non-photo related changes: I changed the book title, I added 3 photos so 3 additional pages, and I made this one a hardback book. The book in 2015 was paperback and 89 pages. This new one is hardback and 92 pages.

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.

The hardback book seems very well made and the thick paper feels and looks good. Overall considering the improved quality, the much lower price, the much lower shipping cost to Japan, and the much faster arrival I am pretty satisfied. I always have read that Blurb does color books well, but the B&W books were not as good. It seems like they have been listening and trying to improve.

I think I may make a few more books over time. B&W and color.

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Re: Blurb B&W photo books

Unread postby Argonaut » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:24 pm

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.

I suspect it would take a bit more money to have an 'art' quality book done.

BTW, both books were done with InDesign printed to PDF. Blurb has very nice templates that make it easy, as long as you know InDesign. I have not used LR to make book pages, but do use it to export the photos and import them to InDesign.
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Re: Blurb B&W photo books

Unread postby bakubo » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:24 am

It is good to hear your experience with Blurb color books.

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.

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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Re: Blurb B&W photo books

Unread postby bakubo » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:37 pm

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.


I was able to get someone to get my Blurb color book that arrived at an address in another city and mail it to us where we are staying for awhile now. I got it last night. I am pretty happy with it! I spent some time this morning comparing each photo in the book to the same photo as displayed on my computer in Lightroom. Pretty good match of colors, contrast, etc. with no unpleasant surprises.


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