When I opened up Blurb BookSmart® for the first time in 2007, I was a bit daunted by the prospect of filling up a whole 20 pages.
Since then, I’ve been exposed to millions (literally) of Blurb books, had quite a bit of practice, and am now much more ambitious in my page counts. I haven’t maxed out my page count to 440, but I regularly make books with over 200 pages.
So if BookSmart automatically starts you out with a 20-page book, how do you add more?
The obvious answer is to use the “Add Page” feature from the row of tools at the top of BookSmart. But you can only add one at a time that way. If you’re planning to have a book of several hundred pages, that’s slow going.
The trick to quickly adding multiple pages is to use the Shift key to highlight several pages at once and then copy and paste them.
For detailed instructions, read on:
1. Start by making sure that the existing pages in your book have the type of layouts that you want to use. I like to start with full-bleed pages and then change layouts as needed after the photos are dropped in. In this screenshot, you can see that I’m starting with all full-bleed layouts (except for the title and copyright pages.)
2. In the thumbnail strip of pages along the bottom of your BookSmart view, click on the first blank page. In the screenshot below, it’s page 3.
3. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and then click on the last blank page of your book, right before the End Page. You should now see pages 3 through 19 highlighted with an orange border, as in the screenshot above.
4. Right-click or use the Edit menu to copy and paste. You should now have 38 pages in your book.
5. If you use the Shift key to highlight pages 3 to 37 and then copy and paste those, you’ll have 74 pages.
6. Continue to highlight more pages and then copy and paste them until you have as many as you think you’d like… up to 440 pages.*
7. Load up your images and get to work!
*If you end up with more pages than you need, you can use the Shift key to highlight multiple blank pages together and delete them all at once.
I think you’ll be impressed with the results; a good, thick book is a thing to behold and to hold. You may even feel compelled to refer to it as a tome, instead of just a book. Up to you – we just know you’ll feel proud and rightly so.