Thursday, June 29, 2017
Where Do I Publish My Photo Book? a Look At the Popular Sites
I just recently finished creating a thank you book for a medical client that would be given to one of their largest donnors for all the support over the years. The book highlighted 20 years of support to this organization. The book is mostly photos from events and needed to be hardcover and of excellent quality. I used Blurb.com to publish and print the book. I created the book using InDesign and the Blurb InDesign plugin. It works great. They asked me the question below on my thoughts about using Blurb
Question: Can you please do me a favor when you have a chance and provide your feedback on working on Blurb? One of my colleagues at work has experience publishing books with a different service. He is looking for an alternative service curious if you had any feedback positive or negative for Blurb’s design tools, customer service, and end product.
Answer: I have been very pleased with Blurb, the quality is great, the issue with them is the per book cost. Blurb is great if you are doing projects like we did where cost isn't quite so important and we aren't selling the book to the public. But really hard to sell a book that cost $75.00. Even the cheapest 24 page book is about $35.00.
There are two ways to create Blurb books. There is an InDesign plug-in which I used for this book. I could just stay in Adobe InDesign, super easy to work on and I can easily create pdfs for proofing. Being able to make pdfs is important to me and I think essential for connecting with the client. Sizes are a little more limited but being able to work in InDesign is a huge plus.
The other way the work is a software that they have that allows you to build your book on line called BookWrite. It is kind of like iBooks in iPhoto on the Mac. you build your book on line, upload pictures, edit, move elements around when done you push publish. It actually works very well. Tougher to get a pdf for client proofing. But if you don't have InDesign this is a good alternative.
Other Print on Demand Sites
I am all in with CreateSpace.com for books on Amazon, CreateSpace is the print-on-demand side of Amazon. I have created over 40 books there. There are different ways to make the books, I use InDesign, the quality is fine but only paperback. Set up to sell on Amazon.
If they want hardcover and don't want to deal with Blurb then Lulu.com is a great option. You have all kinds of different binding options, paperback to hardcover and spiral. Kind of in-between CreateSpace and Blurb on quality.
Selling to the world and bookstores, also hardcover then IngramSpark.com is where you want to look. Quality is similar to CreateSpace, both print on demand. In-fact all of these sites are print on demand. There is a little bit of cost but it the best way to get out to the world and the bookstore market. You are in their catalog
I have never talked to customer service at Blurb or Lulu so don't know. CreateSpace customer service is excellent and very helpful.
I think it comes down to how are you selling your book and what are you doing with it. Selling to the world through Amazon but not bookstores, easy peasy then CreateSpace, can't go wrong. Wanting a high quality, hard cover, coffee table book and you don't care about ever selling because the price is to high then Blurb. Selling to bookstores and Amazon, hard cover or paperback then Ingramspark.com. Lulu kind of fits in around the edges.
There are other services like BookBaby and Draft2Digitial and others, but I think the above is where to look
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