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Publishing your book to Blurb

From: Creating Photo Books with Blurb

Video: Publishing your book to Blurb

My book is all designed, inside and out, and I am now at the last stop of my Bookify bookmaking workflow. And that is to click the Ready to Order button, to publish the book to Blurb. So I click Ready to Order. If there are any problems with the book, for example if I'd put any images into image containers that weren't large enough to print well, I'd get a warning from Blurb at this point. But my book passes muster and so I am taken directly to this page on the Blurb website. Now, this isn't a public page.

Publishing your book to Blurb

My book is all designed, inside and out, and I am now at the last stop of my Bookify bookmaking workflow. And that is to click the Ready to Order button, to publish the book to Blurb. So I click Ready to Order. If there are any problems with the book, for example if I'd put any images into image containers that weren't large enough to print well, I'd get a warning from Blurb at this point. But my book passes muster and so I am taken directly to this page on the Blurb website. Now, this isn't a public page.

This is just a page for me to see. From this page, I could order a copy of my book in any of the various covers, I can upgrade to Premium Paper and see what other upgrades there are, but I don't have to order the book yet. This message tells me that the book is going to stay here on my private page for 15 days. If I don't do anything to it within those 15 days, then Blurb will take it down, assuming I've abandoned it. In the meantime, if I realize that there are some edits I need to make to the book, I can do that. I'll just click the Edit button here, and here I'll decide whether I want to make my edits directly on this version of the book or if I want to duplicate the book and make my changes on a copy.

Duplicating the book is safer, but since I'm only going to make a small change, I'll click Edit Book for now. That reopens the book in Bookify, here in the editing workspace. Here, the edit that I want to make is to remove the photo borders from around the photos in the book. So I'll go to the Choose Background and Borders icon under any of the pages in the book, I'll click on Photo borders, I'll click Change all pages to this style, and then the style I am going to select is none. And that takes the borders off of all of the photos in the book, as I can see if I move through the pages.

Once again, I'll click Preview, and it is important to carefully preview every page in the book. I am not going to do that right now, assuming I've already done that. Instead, I am going to click Ready to Order again and once again the book is published, with my edits, to my private page. So Blurb still hasn't charged me anything. It hasn't printed any copies of the book to sit around in a warehouse. This is a print on demand service and it'll be up to me whether this book will ever become public, whether it'll be sold in the Blurb Bookstore, and whether and how I'll promote it to family and friends, all subjects I'll address in the next chapter.

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Creating Photo Books with Blurb

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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      1m 42s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 12m 58s
    1. Choosing a theme
      2m 24s
    2. Planning a book
      4m 13s
    3. Organizing your assets
      6m 21s
  3. 1h 23m
    1. Preparing your photos for BookSmart
      5m 59s
    2. Color-managing your photos for BookSmart
      7m 7s
    3. Starting a new book in BookSmart
      6m 17s
    4. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 35s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      7m 13s
    6. Importing photos from Lightroom
      6m 29s
    7. Importing photos from photo-sharing services
      2m 6s
    8. Touring the BookSmart interface
      3m 40s
    9. Laying out pages
      4m 23s
    10. Placing photos on pages
      6m 27s
    11. Troubleshooting image size issues
      4m 33s
    12. Adding text
      5m 2s
    13. Creating a cover
      7m 10s
    14. Customizing your book
      7m 52s
    15. Uploading your book to Blurb
      4m 28s
  4. 1h 12m
    1. Starting a new book in Bookify
      5m 30s
    2. Troubleshooting photo importing issues
      7m 16s
    3. Importing photos from photo-sharing services
      3m 6s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      2m 9s
    5. Importing photos with the Lightroom plug-in
      7m 21s
    6. Completing a Lightroom book
      4m 30s
    7. Touring the editing interface
      6m 41s
    8. Placing photos on pages
      5m 10s
    9. Troubleshooting image size issues
      2m 56s
    10. Changing page layouts
      4m 17s
    11. Adding, deleting, and moving pages
      3m 3s
    12. Styling your book
      4m 18s
    13. Adding text
      5m 44s
    14. Creating a cover
      7m 43s
    15. Publishing your book to Blurb
      2m 25s
  5. 26m 46s
    1. Why use PDF to Book with Adobe InDesign?
      2m 1s
    2. Preparing your photos for InDesign
      8m 32s
    3. Downloading and installing the InDesign plug-in
      1m 45s
    4. Using the InDesign plug-in
      7m 39s
    5. Uploading your PDF to Blurb
      6m 49s
  6. 11m 46s
    1. Ordering your book
      4m 14s
    2. Selling in the Blurb bookstore
      3m 36s
    3. Marketing your book
      3m 56s
  7. 41s
    1. Goodbye
      41s

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