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petermarrek

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Photobooks
« on: December 25, 2012, 01:56:52 PM »

This is probably a well-done topic but does anyone have direct and personal experience with selfpublished books such as Blurb or other companies like them? Peter
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Re: Photobooks
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2012, 10:59:15 PM »

I have used Blurb. I can say that I found that my photographs displayed better than I expected in the books I have done. I have also found their customer service to be great. I had one book where the binding failed. They had me send a photo of it and promptly send me out a replacement, no questions asked. Also I have seen lots and lots of other Blurb books, all impressive. It would be nice if prices were less but the quality is there.
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Re: Photobooks
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013, 10:26:34 PM »

I did one book with Blurb and was quite pleased.  When I used to shoot a lot of weddings I used AsukaBook.  Much more expensive, but so was the quality... and more options. 

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Re: Photobooks
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 02:51:04 PM »

I am self publishing, but with short run printers. (200 - 400 copies)

Still learning ins and outs.
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Re: Photobooks
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2013, 03:23:26 PM »

The first book I had printed out of Lightroom to Blurb was pretty bad. But I had one printed last week, with many of the same test images and it was quite good.
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Re: Photobooks
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2013, 02:01:56 AM »

Hello Peter,

Every year I print a small book and send it to galleries as an update token. In years prior I've experimented with most of the major online printers, and this year I did a run of 200x 24-page medium softcover books through Aperture. You can see images of the quality here.

Pros
  • Inexpensive at approximately $12 a book
  • Fast Shipping (ships from OR)
  • Easy layout, converts any typeface to PNG for printing
  • Good quality paper and ink 8/10
  • Full-res export as PDF allows you to send file to any shop for printing

Cons
  • Some images could be too small without Aperture telling you (always drop hi-res)
  • The layouts have a bit more bleed margins than Aperture indicates, as do nearly all template-to-book applications

Graham
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