Updated April 5, 2011
Want to back-up your BookSmart book files, share an in-progress book with an editor, collaborator, or even your pet? Just kidding about that last part. Exporting your book creates a single file that can easily be burned to a CD, copied to a new computer, or passed to a friend that has BookSmart installed as well. Here’s how:
1. Open your book in Blurb BookSmart®
2. From the File menu, select Export>Export Book Project
3. A window will appear next. Choose where you’d like to save your book on your computer and click “Export.” This will create a file with a .bookexport extension.
4. This .bookexport file is a self-contained book including all images and text. Burn this to a CD as an archive, transfer to a different computer via a CD, DVD, or a USB drive, or send it to someone via a file transfer service such as yousendit.com. (A co-author or friend who has BookSmart can then take this .bookexport file and make revisions to the book much in the same way you would with a Word or PowerPoint document).
5. The final step is opening the exported book in BookSmart. First, start up BookSmart. If a book is already open, select Import>Import Book Project from the File Menu. If no book is open and you’re on the Welcome Screen, click “More Options” and then “Import a book.” Now navigate to your .bookexport file, select it, and click “Import.” This will open your book project in BookSmart
That should do it.
What else are people doing with their book exports? Tell us.