Tuesday, January 19, 2016
I have no complaints about the quality of the results I got from Blurb. The images look as good to me as what I could do myself on a good quality inkjet. The layout and design seems exactly as I specified. Most importantly, as a newcomer to self-publishing, I think the Blurb experience provided a very good basic introduction to the process of book design.
Where Blurb comes up short in my opinion is in regard to economic feasibility. Going much beyond the 32 pages of the book I produced results in a product that will be priced beyond what I think most people are prepared to pay for a photo book. I think a book of the size I made could be used effectively as an exhibit catalog, and that is actually something I had in mind in its creation. For something more substantial I think I would look to other possibilities.
I have put together a page on my book on my blog with a link to the Blurb bookstore. I also made the pdf ebook available on the page which contains all the text and illustrations of the hardcopy at a cost of five dollars. However, for the remainder of the month of January I will email a copy to anyone interested at no charge. I would suggest that people wanting the pdf contact me directly by email rather than posting a message in the blog comments. My email address is mike dot connealy at gmail dot com.
The pdf file of the book is viewable on any device, though big screens are going to be a better choice. Web browsers can handle pdf display, but a dedicated viewer like Adobe Acrobat Reader will do a better job of displaying two pages simultaneously as the book was designed to be viewed; there is one double-page photo spread where that is particularly desirable.