Thursday, August 7, 2008

Are You Blurbing?

Recently I wrote an article about using Blurb for writing your family history. I have been working with the software and really like the variety found in the templates. Several people commented about their experiences using Blurb.

Rebecca Fenning of A Sense Of Face wrote:

I've put together a couple of books using Blurb and they do a really great job. I think you get 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!)


Bob Franks of Itawamba Historical Review is also trying Blurb and had this to offer:

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.


Thank you Rebecca and Bob for the added Blurb information. Bob, please let us know how your book turns out and if you have any photos we'd be pleased to feature them in an update.

I have also found a wealth of information at Blurberati, The Blurb Blog. Two articles, Tip - adding text over photos and Tip — changing photo sizes in BookSmart were very helpful.

Blurb has also hosted webinars regarding their publishing. I missed the August 6th webinar, but hope to find one listed on Blurberati in the near future.

If you have any further information about the use of Blurb with family histories, please comment.

TheEnd

3 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for the update and tips, footnoteMaven. I've been playing around with a book using the Blurb software, but am disappointed with the limitations of the templates. It doesn't seem to fit well with what I'm trying to do in terms of how many photos I'd like on each page, what size I would like them to be, and how much text I would like to pair with the photos.

I'll check out the links that you suggested. I'd like to hear more about your progress as you continue on this project.

Lisa
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August 8, 2008 at 6:09 AM  
Blogger Abba-Dad said...

fM, please, please, please find a way to enable full RSS feeds. This stuff is to valuable to miss!

August 8, 2008 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger A. Spence said...

I plan on using Blurb when I do my family history book also.

August 12, 2008 at 10:34 AM  

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