I got a package the other day. It was from blurb. It made me happy.
Yes, my photo book has arrived, all 108 glorious pages of it! I greedily tore through the packaging, and cracked open the covers.
After going through it for a full day, handing it to every co-worker who walked by, and letting my Editor-In-Chief give it a stern looking through. Everybody seems to really like it, and a few people are telling me they want a copy. COOL!
The soft covers are glossy. Very glossy, and pickup fingerprints like they are going out of style:
I'm not terribly thrilled with the binding on the softback version, but I guess you get what you pay for in this regard:
The pages are thick enough so that you don't get any see-through bits, but not quite as thick as normal book-store photobooks.
Black and whites look pretty dang good, with little to no color cast:
The color images look pretty good as well:
Detail of the photos is pretty good overall. There are definite printing 'spots' when you look close, but are mostly unnoticeable when viewing from normal distance:
Any subtle gradations (read: skies) have a little bit of chopping, but there isn't much to be done about it. Overall it looks pretty darn good. Most of the photos are a little darker than they appeared on screen, and the saturation didn't seem to be as high as my screen, but I'm guessing that is a problem on my screen's side. Either way it isn't a big enough problem for me to go through and try to correct them.
I did have some minor issues with the bleeds (where they cut the pages around the edges), but nothing horrible, and is hopefully resolved now.
So I went ahead and ordered a hardcover version as my personal copy, and set the book as public so that anybody can purchase a copy. It is available in three different cover choices, Softcover for $29.95+s/h, Hardcover with Dust Jacket for $41.95+s/h, and Hardcover with ImageWrap (no dust jacket) for $44.95+s/h. This is at-cost, as I have no intention of making a profit on this little guy.
If you are interested check out the link below, where you can also preview the first 15 pages. :)