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Brilliant, just brilliant!

I took "a chance" to compile an album of old photos covering the 90 years of my Aunt's life. The large format book arrived very promptly and was of fantastic quality. Even the photos were there was a query regarding pixel content, looked clear and sharp. The layout was also so much better than comparative products.
The book was the talking point of the party and others said they would be trying Blurb in future. An unqualified success in a short order time! Something to treasure.
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Exceptional Quality!

Just received my 2 books today via FedEx and they are really fantastic! I chose blurb due to their InDesign plugin which made creating the book extremely easy (for an existing InDesign user). The book is the final submission of my architectural thesis and the quality of the images and construction of the book are very important to me... Blurb did not dissapoint! I chose the hardcover with imagewrap and premium lustre paper. The quality is outstanding, images are sharp, saturation, contrast etc is just as on screen! My only slight gripe, is that the premium lustre paper is v glossy, (almost like photo paper) not the "hint of gloss" advertised. However, images and text do look v good on this paper.

Overall a fantastic service, my book was even delivered a day early! I would recommend highly to others
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Brilliant, surprised with delivery time.

I had designed all my pages on photoshop and put them in the booksmart client with a full photo on each page. I understood there could of been trimmings with a full bleed photo, but there were none. The quality of the paper and cover is outstanding, no unwanted warming effect of my images or anything similar.

But what really made me put 5 stars was the delivery, it was very important as it is my Graphic Design portfolio, and had to arrive for my exam. With that in mind I chose to pay more so it would come faster, but I was still told in would arrive by the 24th (I needed it by the 25th) so I was pleasantly surprised when the book came today, nearly a week before its predicted arrival date. And still the quality of the binding and printing was amazing, even after it being made in such a short time.

All into consideration, my book is amazing. The software was extremely easy to use. The quality of the prints and binds are brilliant. The delivery time was incredible. I will definitely be using Blurb at any opportunity!

RECOMMENDED!
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embarrassing

I've just received 2 REALLY disappointing diaries.
Surprize 1: Cover aside, the photographs are all in low quality BW.
Surprize 2: The smaller pictures on weekly pages are the size of a postage stamp and look ridiculous. Somehow this doesn't come across on the design software.

The diaries are a present and having chased the recipients for photo's and raved about Blurb's brilliant service I'm not looking forward to the embarrassment of handing them over.
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Extremely Unhappy. Christmas present ruined.

I spent 20-30 hours designing and working on a magazine for my wife. This included stories from friends about favourite memories. I worked hard to get it on time to ensure it would b delivered for Christmas to give to her.

On delivery, I received my magazine. I was unable to read most of the inside binding parts as they had been glued together.

What would have been a special present was ruined. When I complained I was offered a reprint at no cost. Yet, no compensation or offer for the huge disappointment and frustration as a result of such an important gift.

I felt like they didn't care, and because I was a relatively small order in comparison to some of their others they did not care that much about my customer satisfaction.
blurb.co.uk

Reply from blurb.co.uk

We are sorry to hear about your problem with your magazine. Customer service is handling your issue to get things right for you.
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Great service and product

I've used Blurb for almost 5 years now and recommended them to many friends. I know there are other companies now on in the market but I don't think any offer the service and flexibility in terms of size of book, page size, layout etc that Blurb does.

A great product and the results have been much admired. Thanks.
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Frustrating experience!

I wanted to use the booksmart tools rather than use a professional programme, but found that it severely limited creative type and layouts. There are so many things that the programme doesn't allow one to do (for example: overlay type, send type off the edge of the page etc). I think the programme should issue a warning but allow one to override.
Also booksmart constantly crashed and the "autosave".. didn't. I kept losing changes all the time. I saved every action as I progressed as I found it was the only way to keep my work up to date.
blurb.co.uk

Reply from blurb.co.uk

Hi, we are sorry to hear that you had trouble during your bookmaking experience. Please feel free to contact our Customer Support anytime (click here: http://uk-blurb.custhelp.com/app/ask). We are always happy to help you with tips and tricks.
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Great service shame about the colour !!

Overall very pleased with the service from Blurb. The book felt nice when it arrived and felt robust and as if it would stand the test of time. Inside the book was a slightly different matter for me. Print quality wasn't amazing but acceptable, however the biggest dissapointment was the lack of colour correction. My pics were all black and white with a very subtle toning. Unfortunately they all looked over saturated and more sepia than toned.
I will use Blurb again but pay much more attention to this issue.
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Reply from blurb.co.uk

Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry to hear about your - this issue. We would like to make thing right for your. Please contact us through customer support.
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Top job & came on time

Love the book & will be doing more
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Beautifully made, great prices.

Blurb offers fantastic software that enables you to be able to make your books. It's so user friendly that beginners wouldn't have any trouble at all. They always print and ship your products quickly. The quality of even the lower end products is amazing and professional. I have used Blurb three times now and will definitely be returning for my next project.
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Miss out the middle man, quick, efficient, proffessional.

Blurb enabled me to publish my own work without hassle.
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Excellent outcome - simple process

Simple and effective
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Really easy to use -even I could do it!

I tried other book making software and gave up in frustration - this was so much easier and I am thrilled with the end result
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Review by confirmed purchaser

I love seeing my photos in a delicious book with my name on the cover!

Picture this! You go on holiday and take hundreds of exciting, wonderful photos! On arriving home you down load them and flick through them for a while. A few weeks' later you have forgotten most of them and certainly don't look at them any more. Then you come to my house and see my latest book on my coffee table and pick it up. It looks cool and it feels substantial. Wow! Good, artistic photography that is beautifully presented! You think back to those photos you took recently and you know that they are as good as mine if not better! Then I explain to you how easy it is to make a book of your own!! But I warn you! You too will get the blurb bug!
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Review by confirmed purchaser

Cost effectiveness versus quality

I use Blurb for creating photo books. For a large size book of 160 images the cost is fairly high, and occasionally the printing is not up to standard, and I have had books reprinted as a result. Additionally, the bindings of the hard covers to the book pages always seems unfinished and could be of higher quality. I have mentioned this to Blurb.
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Brilliant

Easy to do, once I had a play around with the settings and got familiar to them. The quality of the books are second to non and delivery was rapid.
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Review by confirmed purchaser

Easy to use, great finished product, but could do with a few tweaks

Blurb booksmart was easy to download and start using, and seems to be one of the best programs available to be able to have creative control of your book. The finished product looks great, the delivery and pricing is fantastic, and features such as a pop up to tell you if there are issues, a comprehensive spell check when complete, auto save and an easy way of choosing and managing photos made the experience a good one.
However, there are a few minor annoyances that if overcome would give this service a five star review.
For example, if you create your own page template you are then unable to link your text boxes - which means that I had to create text, break it into equal sections and then paste it back into the columns I had created. I then had to format each one individually.
You also don't seem to be able to choose a default font and size. I'm also disappointed that there is not yet a 2013 planner template, as I was hoping to create Christmas presents over the coming months.
Having said all this, the negatives are minor niggles in a great service. I am already in the process of creating my next book, and if these issues were dealt with it would just make for a smoother journey.
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Review by confirmed purchaser

Perfect holiday memories

I couldn't be bothered to rewrite my holiday memos - so I scanned them in (all 52 pages) and added some digital photos, and also scanned the bus tickets, ferry tickets, maps etc. The software is easy to use and download, and it saves the book while you're off making a cuppa. Everyone has been very impressed with the quality of the book so far - even my husband.
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Tricky at times but worth it in the end

Very satisfied with the end product, a standard portrait book with photos and some text.
I had some difficulty creating it but I am not very good with unfamiliar programs and even I worked it out. One big problem was that the old photos were scanned with low resolution. The page warns you of this but when you click on 'fix' the photo shrinks to the size of a postage stamp! This would not look good in a book. However, re-scanned with resolution of 300 ppi (or whatever the technical term is) they worked fine.
The book arrived in good time, well packaged and looks like a professional product. I am happy to reccomend Blurb.
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Review by confirmed purchaser

Fantastic

I downloaded the application to my laptop and created the album from there. The app makes it so easy to ceate professional looking books - credits, copyright, the title page etc etc. Its all there in template format to help you. There are numerous templates for pictures with and without text, and text only, and they are easy to modify as you fancy. The text looks like a real book in the finished article. It is truly a flexible package that is stable and relaible. Pages can be easily inserted , deleted or moved around easily. And I didn't need a training video to work it out. The results look so professional and everyone I've shown the book to has been so impressed. I have used other photobook apps and would never use them again. Blurb is much easier to use, more powerful and more flexible, and the finished product is much more professional.

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