BOTW: Alpha Critters

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At Blurb we take our relationship with our customers seriously. Your enthusiasm and creativity inspires us to build new and better products, and help us prioritize what to do next. ImageWrap is a great example of this dynamic at work. One of the most vocal groups in support of the ImageWrap product was the children’s book set – and the need here was both aesthetic and practical. Apparently kids chew stuff – including Blurb dust jackets. ImageWrap covers are both stunning and durable. And our ImageWrap covers aren’t impervious to biting, but they hold up a lot better than dust jackets.

Check out Alpha Critters by David S. Rose, a great example of a children’s book that we’re guessing will see its share of ImageWrap orders. Each page has a different letter of the alphabet, made by a bendy critter of some sort. David says this is “a great book for learning the alphabet and numbers while enjoying the graphic illustrated critters.” David was actually in the running for BOTW a few weeks back with blur b – which is by no means a children’s book of illustrated critters. So not only is David’s work interesting, but versatile too.

Congrats on BOTW David.

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  1. I’d like to see French Flaps become an option for soft cover books. Based on my experience with the hardcover and dust jacket, the ideal is to follow up with a soft cover. It would be great to offer a slightly dressed up version. French flaps are a great option because they provide the graphic and text features of a dust jacket at a less-than-a-hardcover price. ImageWrap is a great choice, but its cost compares to a full blown hardcover, while the format carries the same graphical and textual limitations as a soft cover.

    Of course, though I do write kid’s books and try to provide a nail biting experience, I doubt anyone is chewing the corners as they read.

      May 29, 2008 – 6:46 am   Permalink
  2. A must view for the blurb-minded.

    Here’s a link to a video talk by Yochai Benkler on the current shift taking place in the production of information:

    It’s about how each of us plays a critical role in the modern production of information, by acting out of social and psychological motivations to do something interesting.

    For the first time in history anyone one can create, innovate, and share in a way that has a major economic impact. This new social phenomenon is creating a new form of competition and a new set of opportunities.

    It represents the future of the way information, knowledge, and culture are produced, and the rapidly blossoming Blurb phenomenon is an emanation of this deep current.

      May 29, 2008 – 10:55 am   Permalink
  3. I have just received my fiirst Image Wrap and am very pleased with it. I usually do wedding albums but have done one ‘childrens’ book (really a cat lovers – not a childrens book) and thats the book that i ordered with image wrap. However my last wedding client commented that the dust jacket was going to get worn quite quickly and she would have opted for an image wrap on second thoughts…
    My question is, are Blurb going to offer both at the same time? Image wrap with a dust jacket. Just a thought….

      May 29, 2008 – 2:46 pm   Permalink
  4. Beautiful Book. I am intrigued by the ImageWrap option. I just finished a children’s book myself ( and I am wondering how that options holds up to the traditional dust jacket. Like the write-up points out, kids tend to put things in their mouths, God love’em, and a cover sporting ImageWrap technology might hold up better.

    Anyone have any thoughts on this?

    Thanks so much for this blog – Ben O.

      May 30, 2008 – 1:52 pm   Permalink

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