Coming up: Five new dates for our beginner webinar

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Flashback to November 2007. That’s when we launched Blurb’s first step-by-step BookSmart webinar with the hope that it would get new Blurbarians comfortable with bookmaking.

Today we’re happy to report that the webinars have been a huge success, so we’re announcing five more. They’re free and very easy to participate in. You can even invite friends — all are welcome. If you’re new to Blurb and BookSmart, please join us:

• Wednesday, January 30 from 4 p.m to 5 p.m. PST > Register here
• Friday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST > Register here
• Friday, February 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST > Register here
• Friday, March 21 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. PST > Register here
• Wednesday April 2 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST > Register here

The concept is simple. Call in and listen to us live as we coach you through an easy BookSmart tutorial on your computer screen. Here’s what you’ll learn how to do:

• Download the latest version of BookSmart
• Start a new book in BookSmart
• Choose page layouts
• Add photos and text to your book
• Use simple tips and tricks to make great-looking books in no time
• Design your book’s cover
• Upload and order your book
• Use your online bookstore
• Get additional help (which you probably won’t need after this webinar)

When you select your preferred webinar date and time, please make sure to convert our time zone to yours. Blurb’s webinars are listed in Pacific Standard Time. If you live outside our time zone, you’ll need to figure out what time that means for you.

If you cannot make any of these dates, you can watch the webinar here.

Got questions? Post a comment and we’ll answer them as best as we can.

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  1. My book “September Sisters” arrived exactly when you said it would and it is FANTASTIC. I am so, so pleased with it. Thank you SO much.
    The Webinar was wonderful. It helped me tremendously.

    One tiny thing (which was my fault entirely) was that in my coffee table sized book with over 400 photos I inadvertently included one photo twice (red peppers drying on Spanish balcony). Is there any way in the future that the little thymbnail photo in the photo library on the left of the screen could show two check marks instead of just the one? This would alert one wouldn’t it? I realize you might want this to happen.

    And one more question please. I have edited and corrected the above error and now want to order a second book. I understand I will have to upload again but I worry that you will print the first one as it is within the two weeks since my first upload. Please advise.

    Thanks in advance. Julie

    By Julie De Pass
      January 27, 2008 – 10:42 am   Permalink
  2. Hi Julie,

    Glad you are loving your book!

    Interesting comment regarding the photo usage check marks. This is a good addition to plans we have for making the image library area better for managing a large number of photos. Thanks.

    As to your other question… once you upload the new, corrected version of your book, it will appear alongside your original book in your My Books area. Each book’s detail page shows the date uploaded so you can tell them apart. Just make sure you order the newly uploaded one and all will be well. You can also delete the old one to avoid any confusion.

    Hope that helps.

    By Gareth
      January 28, 2008 – 2:44 pm   Permalink
  3. If I am using full page photo layouts do I need to allow for an 1/8 of an inch on all sides of the page to ensure that none of the photo is lost? (For example Does it just crop the top and bottom of a page?) How do I determine what 1/8 of an inch when working on the site? What do I need to do to ensure that none of the photo is lost when using a full page layout?

    Second how do I do a one picture two page full layout without having the binding edges cropped? It always looks good in the books I see on the blurb website – the picture matches up perfectly to the second half of itself on the next page. I am wondering if the binding will cut part of the picture out when you look at the printed copy. How does one create a one picture two page full layout? I don’t see that option in the list of layouts.

    Thanks for a great website and any help you can give me!


    By John
      February 6, 2008 – 12:21 pm   Permalink
  4. Hi John,

    You’ll find the answers to your questions and more in our blog, FAQs, and forums. In fact, this blog post has links to what you’ll need. You can also search for more specifics in our FAQs and join a discussion in the Blurb Forums.

    Hope that helps.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      February 6, 2008 – 12:42 pm   Permalink

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