Blurb Book Printing Gift

One of my aspirations for the future is to complete my very own book. I can’t say that I have focused too much on the topic or much else in fact – but it is a dream I have.

However, and to my great surprise, I hadn’t quite appreciated how easy it is to get a book off the press these days. A rather clever service called Blurb does all the hardwork for you.

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They provide Blurb Booksmart software that enables you to professionally format your content. This includes:

• Easy to make — Drag and drop images and text into hundreds of professionally designed layouts to create a book that reflects your style.

• Creative control — Design and edit your book`s text and photos with intuitive layout tools.

• Font support — Use all your own fonts in a variety of sizes and text styles.

• Easy image management — Keep track of the images in your book with the “My Imported Photos” library.

From your formatted text and images, blurb can then produce your bookstore quality book in a variety of sizes and types which include:

• Sizes can be from square 18 cm x 18 cm, right up to Large Format Landscape 33 cm x 28 cm.

• Softcover — Features durable perfect binding and 4-color, 12 pt. covers with an overlaminate. Printing is done on the front cover, back cover, and spine. There are no flaps.

• Hardcover, ImageWrap — Allows you to print an image directly on the front and back of any hardcover Blurb book, creating a smooth, sophisticated effect. ImageWrap covers feature a durable matte finish.

• Hardcover, Dust Jacket — Includes durable library binding and 8 pt. black linen hardcover cases with laminated 4-color dust jackets. The black linen hardcover case under the dust jacket does not have printing on it, nor does it allow for embossing.

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Finally, Blurb can share promote and sell your finished product in:

• Public or private — Keep your books completely private, by invite-only, or share them with the world in our public bookstore.

• Sneak peek — Allow visitors to sample the first fifteen pages of your book at Blurb.com by turning on Book Preview.

• Get going with Google — Add a subtitle, description, category, and tags to increase your search engine rankings.

• Introduce yourself — Let everyone know more about the person behind your book by filling out your Author Profile.

• Profit — Set Your Price, sell your books in the Blurb Bookstore, and keep 100% of the markup. Yes, it`s that simple.

• Monitor your money — View your book`s up-to-the-minute sales and profits on Blurb.com.

All in all I think it’s an amazing package that would make a great gift for any aspiring author. Alternatively, why not make a glossy book of photos and text of a special occasion like a wedding? The options are intriguing.

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