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Jan - 20 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

At the seminary we (meaning our Special Collections Assistant, Sarah) put together a book of pictures from one of our donors. She used a service called Blurb.com – I had heard of LuLu, but hadn’t heard of Blurb until she started this project. When book was printed and arrived at the library I was shocked at how professional it looked – then I looked at the price and was even more shocked!! The hardback book with dust jacket is 92 pages of images and text and costs more than $100.

I mention this because I thought the price might have to do with the layout of the book and the size that was chosen, as it turns out, I’m probably right because my cousin put together an awesome book of pictures from Sweden (also using Blurb) that is over 100 pages of images, but smaller in size and costs a little over $50 for the hardcover version.

Where am I going with this? Nowhere really :) I just wanted you all to know that if you’re like me and you’ve heard of LuLu but not Blurb, you might want to try out Blurb because it produces some pretty awesome results. (that’s not say that LuLu doesn’t – it’s just that I haven’t seen any print products from LuLu yet)

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8 Responses so far.

  1. Stephen says:

    The hardcover books from Blurb are really nicely made, but they can’t put a title on the cover or spine, and in my experience the dust jackets are loose and don’t stay on. Also, they’re expensive (particularly for large books).

    The paperback books from Blurb are a step down in quality but still fairly nice. The paperbacks from Lulu are similar. The hardcovers from Lulu strike me like kids books not like coffee table books. Also Lulu has some serious problems with quality control (though they’re happy to replace a book if you email them a picture showing it was printed wrong).

    I suspect Lulu is fine for b&w text, rather than picture books, but I haven’t tried it.

    There is also CreateSpace.com, which is an Amazon.com subsidiary that is now doing publishing on demand. They do only paperback and no larger than 8×10 inches, and picture books can be no more than 100 pages. But their prices and quality are good if what you want is to have your book listed at Amazon.

  2. Stephen says:

    The hardcover books from Blurb are really nicely made, but they can’t put a title on the cover or spine, and in my experience the dust jackets are loose and don’t stay on. Also, they’re expensive (particularly for large books).

    The paperback books from Blurb are a step down in quality but still fairly nice. The paperbacks from Lulu are similar. The hardcovers from Lulu strike me like kids books not like coffee table books. Also Lulu has some serious problems with quality control (though they’re happy to replace a book if you email them a picture showing it was printed wrong).

    I suspect Lulu is fine for b&w text, rather than picture books, but I haven’t tried it.

    There is also CreateSpace.com, which is an Amazon.com subsidiary that is now doing publishing on demand. They do only paperback and no larger than 8×10 inches, and picture books can be no more than 100 pages. But their prices and quality are good if what you want is to have your book listed at Amazon.

  3. Dauna says:

    Wow, that’s all pretty cool info. Right now a group I’m into is doing a short story collection based on a theme, and they’ve had cafe press doing the work. Apparently they can control the amount charged, so when we buy it as a group we get it wholesale, and all together so S&H is split and cheaper. I’ve no clue what it’d cost to print one book with them, however.

    BTW, that was interesting, going from FB to here, how did you link them?

  4. Dauna says:

    Wow, that’s all pretty cool info. Right now a group I’m into is doing a short story collection based on a theme, and they’ve had cafe press doing the work. Apparently they can control the amount charged, so when we buy it as a group we get it wholesale, and all together so S&H is split and cheaper. I’ve no clue what it’d cost to print one book with them, however.

    BTW, that was interesting, going from FB to here, how did you link them?

  5. Nicole says:

    I honestly did not know that Cafe Press did books – I will have to look into that and see what the interface & prices are like.

    As for posting this to Facebook, it’s automatic – there is a way to import blog posts as notes on Facebook.

  6. Nicole says:

    I honestly did not know that Cafe Press did books – I will have to look into that and see what the interface & prices are like.

    As for posting this to Facebook, it’s automatic – there is a way to import blog posts as notes on Facebook.

  7. Jeff Harmon says:

    Hey, if you are looking for something higher quality, you should check out MemoryPress. MemoryPress is completely focused on self-publishing family history books..

    MemoryPress is completely online, meaning there is nothing to download to your computer. MemoryPress has actually been around longer than blurb.

    Just thought you might like to know.

    Jeff
    Team MemoryPress

  8. Jeff Harmon says:

    Hey, if you are looking for something higher quality, you should check out MemoryPress. MemoryPress is completely focused on self-publishing family history books..

    MemoryPress is completely online, meaning there is nothing to download to your computer. MemoryPress has actually been around longer than blurb.

    Just thought you might like to know.

    Jeff
    Team MemoryPress


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