How do you make a book?

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There’s more than one way to answer that question, but at Blurb our favorite answer is: however you like. The whole point of BookSmart™ and professionally designed book templates is that now you can’t really go wrong with a good book idea. Still, there are some practical tricks to get your book finished, and send you on your merry way to your book release party – and we wouldn’t want you to think we’ve been holding out on you.

So here it is, people: “How to Make a Book”, by the Blurberati. [Book is no longer available.] No, this isn’t a BookSmart technical manual – that info is already handy in Blurb’s FAQs and the trusty BookSmart Guide. How to Make a Book is the 40-page lowdown on making your own great books, from editorial and design basics through advanced concepts like pacing, using white space, and choosing layouts for maximum impact.

But there’s another question we hope this book will answer: What exactly do we mean when we say Blurb books are “bookstore quality”? Instead of lengthy explanations, we like to hand people an actual Blurb book like How to Make a Book, and just watch their reactions. Reading the specs is all well and good, but it’s not the same as feeling the full weight of a library-bound hardcover Blurb book in its sleek custom dust jacket. Or better yet, opening a Blurb book to discover commercially printed full-color, 80# coated, semi-matte pages inside – no running inks, creaky bindings, or whiffs of cheap glue here.

In case you couldn’t tell, we’re into this kind of thing, and we want you to see what we’re talking about. So we’re offering How to Make a Book for $14.95, including a $10.00 coupon towards your next book. Maybe the next time someone asks us how to make a book, we can refer them to you.

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  1. Can’t download PDF of Hiw to Make a Book – is it no longer available? Get message “Website declined to show the page”

    By Mike
      April 27, 2009 – 9:26 am   Permalink
  2. we have a video tutorial on how to make a book here:


      May 5, 2009 – 11:37 am   Permalink

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