One step closer

November 9, 2008

On Saturday, I received a copy of my test book that I had previously mentioned. Overall, I’m quite pleased.

I do printing through a company called Blurb. Sure, there are some things that I’ll need to adjust for the final version, but it’s still fun holding a physical version of the work in progress. Blurb recently introduced an option for new heavier paper, which I’ve used for the test book. The quality is noticeably improved with the 100-pound paper over the standard 80-pound option.

For my purposes, going with a 7 by 7 inch book was a good idea. It fits nicely in the hand or on the coffee table. The black linen cover under the dust jacket is sleek and sturdy, while the jacket itself is printed and formed well.

I’ll be studying this test copy and getting some more feedback. And, of course, I’ll keep up the shooting throughout the coming weeks.

3 Responses to “One step closer”

  1. roamtheworld Says:

    Hello Evan,
    I’m interested in hearing your opinions of your test book with the new 100 pound paper Blurb offers.

    I started creating my own book but stopped after a photographer told me Blurb’s paper wasn’t as great as My Publisher. I used Shutterfly once before and was content. This was before Blurb made their premium paper an option.

    On Blurb, someone mentioned the paper is to heavy for books more than 20 pages. What do you think about that?
    What’s your opinion about this new paper?

    If it matters, I’m not an expert photographer and use a pocket digital not an SLR.

    I’m debating whether to create one big book of my 8.5 months traveling in Africa or divide them into separate albums by country. The latter may feel more gratifying since I’ll have a completed book in my hand as I finish each one.

    Happy photographing and book making!


  2. Evan Dyson Says:

    Hi Lauren,
    Thanks for dropping in! I think that Blurb’s new paper is a step in the right direction in terms of its durability and appearance. It feels better in your hand. The 80 pound almost felt like magazine stock, but not so with the 100.

    I don’t know a lot about My Publisher, but for my purposes the Blurb format is cost effective and reproduces nicely.

    Personally, I think a thicker book is more elegant. I’m not sure why someone would tell you that 20 is the cap for books with the new paper. My test book is 40 and my final product is going to be close to 100. The thickness helps make for a stockier book and I’m hoping that it will maintain its good binding in that higher range. So far, no problem.

    So, for what it’s worth, I think you should only consider how YOU want your final book or books to appear. I don’t think it is necessary to limit your options based on hearsay. If nothing else, set up a book by one of the countries you’ve completed and use that as your test to be your own judge.

    Hope it helps,

  3. Evan Dyson Says:

    I just went back and read that comment you referenced. I don’t find flipping through my book “cumbersome” due to the thicker page as that person said they did. But I guess that’s a personal preference.

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