Monday, July 21, 2008

Blurb! Excuse Me!

I really enjoy Family Matters authored by Denise Olson. She always has something creative to share with her readers. And I am a loyal reader.

Recently I wrote a post on Shades Of The Departed where I discussed Moo Minis. At the time I couldn't remember where I first learned of them, but after checking around I remembered that it was on Family Matters, months ago. So credit where credit is due. Denise found them first!

In her July 14 article, Blogging Family History, she discusses another very interesting idea, Blurb for turning your blog posts about family history into a beautifully bound book. I am using Blogger's book feature to compile all my family history stories at Time And Chance ~ Happen To Them All. My sister, Biblio, had recently asked how she could save all the blog posts about our family, so I ventured over to Blurb for a look.

And I like what I saw. Now I wish I could hold one in my hands and get a really good look at it, but the pictures make the books look very inviting. According to their blog Blurberati, PC Magazine has given Blurb Four Stars and Lexus recently used Blurb to print 1,800 copies of a book promoting the automaker’s green practices. That looks like pretty good printing cred to me.

Also, for those of you working on your family histories this summer, Blurb isn't just for blogs. They print books of all kinds; cookbooks, family histories, biographies, memoirs, and will sell your book for you in their bookstore. Your family can go there to purchase their copies.

There are four book sizes (7X7, 8X10, 10X8, & 11X13) and three cover types (Softcover, Hardcover, ImageWrap, Hardcover, Dust Jacket). Prices start at $12.95 and go to $54.95. You may order one copy of your book or as many as you wish.

Take a look at the Quinlan Family Legacy book preview, professionally created by The Big Picture; and Generations By Kathy Wright. There's a lot of inspiration there.

They offer a list of professionals in their BlurbNation Directory who will design and choreograph your work. Now, I don't think I can afford them, but there are some great ideas to be found on the professionals' websites. Take a look at Shooting Each Other by Dan Hayon billed as the best cat book ever! I really did enjoy the creativity of this book.

There is so much more to explore with Blurb. I have downloaded the software and hope to be able to compare it with iPhoto Print Products. I'll let you know how things turn out.



Blogger TERRY SNYDER said...

I'm putting together a book of my grandmother's recipes and of course, tidbits about her ancestry. Blurb sounds like it would turn this into the perfect Christmas present! Thanks!

Terry S.

July 22, 2008 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger rebecca said...

I've put together a couple of books using Blurb and they do a really great job. I think you get a more flexibility as far as using both text and images, as opposed to iPhoto - which is still great, provided you're using only pictures with captions and don't go over their page limit (which I learned the hard way! It gets very expensive very fast!

July 22, 2008 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

rebecca ann: Thank you so much. It's good to hear from someone that has actually used the service.

I feel much more confident with your recommendation.

O.K. Terry, now we both know.


July 22, 2008 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Bob Franks said...

Thanks for the article about Blurb. I downloaded the software and played around with it. One thing I like about the software is you can print a proof copy of the book you are working on. I simply printed to a PDF file. The software offers some nice templates also. I've already created a 40-page 8x10 landscape sized book and ordered it Monday. I ordered just two copies to see how they turn out and if I am pleased will order more. Thanks for the informative article.

August 7, 2008 at 6:27 AM  

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