My Blurb book arrived today (ordered 2 weeks ago). Overall, I’m pretty happy with it, but a few points for anyone else thinking of making one:
- the tones are a bit darker than expected, like dropping the gamma somewhat. However, you’d only know it by comparing with the originals. In fairness though, I haven’t had my new screen calibrated, as I did the old CRT; however, my impression from printing ordinary photos is that it’s pretty close.
- the premium paper isn’t as thick as I’d imagined, and text shows through slightly. The matte surface is also slightly more lustrous than I’d expected, but I’m not complaining.
- the dust cover is quite a heavy gauge paper, probably thicker than manilla folder.
You wouldn’t know (well, I wouldn’t) that it’s not a conventionally printed book, and I’d heartily recommend the Blurb service. Just one slight problem in this case though – 2 pages were found to be torn, so I’ll need to return it. It looks like something has caught the paper and ripped a triangular hole during binding. The fact that I have received it in that condition raises questions about the Blurb quality control process, but I imagine it would be a rare incident. Update: Customer service very quick to respond (less than 4 hours): new copy being printed & I keep the old one :)
Now, what book to make next…?