As some of you know, I’ve been quietly producing templates for scrapbooks, photo books, cookbooks, and family history books (to name a few) and finding a printer that could reproduce images and text beautifully was at the top of my list. I’ve looked at a lot and also tested a few to see how they measure up in all areas. I’m not going to mention the ones that I passed up, but concentrate on the printer I chose and give you some details about how I came to my decision.
Eventually, I settled on Blurb and here are the reasons why:
- Beautiful image reproduction
- Crisp, clean text with no errant characters (so far)
- Complete freedom to create whatever I want
- Works seamlessly with Adobe products like Photoshop and InDesign
- Preview plugin available for Photoshop to see colours as they will look in print
- Extremely easy for clients to use. Drag and drop in Booksmart is painless.
- Clean bookstore with stunning preview display
- Lots of size options and reasonable prices
- Books are easy to find and not lost among millions of others
- Fast delivery and reasonable shipping
- Good discount for bulk purchases
- Exceptional customer service
No, I don’t work for Blurb or get any kind of commission. This review is completely unbiased and based on quality first, ease of use second, and price third. Frankly, I was surprised with their competitive pricing. They have printers all over the world so their delivery is fast, too. The option to create eBooks is not free, as it is in other places, but for print they have it hands down in my opinion. As with any printer, things can go wrong from time to time so it’s always a good idea to order a copy to proof. Using an ISBN? It’s easy to add but you don’t have to that if you are not planning on selling your book in retail stores or adding them to libraries.
Now the drawbacks… All in all, this is by far my printer of choice. However, there are some major drawbacks that need to be considered. There is no way to rate books like you see on Amazon or Lulu and the comment box has malfunctioned badly for me. I hope Blurb makes this a priority repair soon! Another issue is the base cost. Blurb is great for family photo books or for poetry but for a standard-size novel, the price is way too high. If so many writers weren’t reporting sales tracking problems with Amazon, CreateSpace would look good. How does a company ‘miss’ that sale of an entire carton of hardcover books? Many Indie bookstores won’t buy from Amazon so it looks like there is a market out there for an enterprising company to meet authors’ needs and consumers’ needs. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open and let me know if you find an interesting option, too! Want to create a book but need help? Let me know!