I am doing my first book, so don't know what to expect from Blurb.
The same as from Apple or anyone else using an Indigo.
Are there any good short run book printers in the US beside Blurb?
No idea, my focus is on the other side of the pond.
I wonder if Blurb does better qulaity with their super high priced thick photo papers?
I think their better paper looks better. But order a swatchbook and see for yourself.