How Long Will the Color in Your Blurb Book Last?

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Lots of bookmakers ask us just how long their Blurb book photos will last. Will the color fade? And if so, when? Are we talking ten years, twenty years? Is this heirloom material?

Thanks to our friends at Hewlett Packard — the folks who make the Indigo printing presses that we use to print all your books — we have the definitive answer.

Here’s what a recent HP press release had to say:

“The study gives pages printed with HP Indigo presses a Wilhelm Digital Imaging Research (WIR) Display Permanence Rating of approximately 45 years, which is longer than the best-rated silver-halide photo paper, Fuji Crystal Archive. The HP Indigo rating is also more than twice as long as the WIR Display Permanence Rating for prints on Kodak silver-halide photo paper. The study also shows that HP Indigo photo book prints received a WIR Album/Dark Storage Rating of greater than 100 years.”

Okay, Blurbarians, your books will be enjoyed for years, maybe even centuries – and that’s a great thing given that you’ve put lots of work and creativity into them. So, rest assured your Blurb books are definitely heirloom material. And, yep, that makes us happy, too.

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  1. How archival is the glue that holds the books together?

      February 22, 2010 – 5:43 am   Permalink
  2. Good question, Michal. We adhere (pun intended) to industry standards of the Library Binding Institute. These standards are what the entire industry uses. You can find PDFs of the guidelines here.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      February 22, 2010 – 10:29 am   Permalink
  3. I am putting together a book -actually want to do 3 books-1 for each of my sons’ lives up to printing. I am doing these for Christmas gifts.. I have to use old snapshots which I scan and place in book- the resolution is poor and the pictures always have to be reduced in size in each of the templates. I am doing this all in greyscale- no color. How is this going to print? Any suggestions?

    By ebrown
      March 5, 2010 – 6:16 am   Permalink
  4. I’ve been a aspiring writer for many years, just never really got around to getting into finishing my stories to get them into the bookstores.
    1.) I noticed you don’t have a fiction section. Why not?

    2.) I was also wantig to know which would be the best way to actually go about publishing — mainly just black and white text, maybe an occasional sketch or schematic; or B/W with some plates of premium paper which have color pics on them… or both? Can someone help me with this?
    Your site had a nice calculator for pricing of the books but I can’t remember where I saw it.

    Thanks for whatever assistance anyone can give.


    By Becky Alderman
      March 31, 2010 – 8:52 am   Permalink
  5. Um, scratch that on the fiction. Didn’t look deeply enough into your number of categories… sorry…

    By Becky Alderman
      March 31, 2010 – 9:00 am   Permalink

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