Introducing Premium Paper!

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You’ve been asking for a premium paper offering, and we heard you loud and clear. We’re pleased to introduce Premium Paper, available on Thursday for all your Blurb books (up to 160 pages).

Premium Paper is the crème-de-la-crème of our paper offerings. This 100-pound text silk-finish paper is 35% heavier than our standard paper, featuring improved opacity and stellar image quality to make your best work shine.

For our pro users, Premium Paper is another way to present your best work to your clients on 100-pound paper. If you’re already using the B3 Custom Workflow process, adding Premium Paper to the mix will simply blow you – and your clients – away.

You can order books with Premium Paper starting on October 23, for all our book sizes and types, up to 160 pages. All your existing Blurb books can be ordered with Premium Paper too (if they’re 160 pages or less).

Adding Premium Paper to your next book is as easy as a single click – just choose “purchase with Premium Paper” at check-out to order your best-looking Blurb book yet. Happy bookmaking!

UPDATE: Hey everyone! Premium Paper is now available! Remember, just select “purchase with Premium Paper” at check-out to have your paper upgraded. For those of you wondering about how much extra Premium Paper will cost you, visit our pricing page and select “Display Pricing for Premium Paper”. Thanks!

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  1. Is there a significant difference in price with the paper? Or do we have to wait until Oct 23rd for the pricelist?

      October 21, 2008 – 10:20 am   Permalink
  2. What about recycled paper? Is that option coming soon too?

    By lindsay
      October 21, 2008 – 11:58 am   Permalink
  3. How about a translation into non-American units – gsm?

    By Paul Kelly
      October 21, 2008 – 12:09 pm   Permalink
  4. Perfect timing – I’ve been thinking about switching from Blurb because of the paper offered, now I’m sticking around!!!

      October 21, 2008 – 12:25 pm   Permalink
  5. great!

      October 21, 2008 – 1:21 pm   Permalink
  6. Gday,

    What is a, B3 Custom Workflow process????
    Is this something special??


      October 21, 2008 – 1:36 pm   Permalink
  7. woooo!!!! I am sooo excited.. I hope to seee previews at the PHOTO EXPO!!

    By Laura
      October 21, 2008 – 1:44 pm   Permalink
  8. Sounds good. As I assume that there will be a price difference, please will you email us to let us know when we should change/update our Bookstore prices to give customers the option of this new paper.

    By Stan
      October 21, 2008 – 1:56 pm   Permalink
  9. Very good news! I’ve been holding out on ordering my first wedding album through Blurb for a client. Very keen to see how it’ll turn out. I suppose this is also for European customers like myself?

    By Hans von der Crone
      October 21, 2008 – 2:09 pm   Permalink
  10. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Whatever it costs… I will pay… with a big smile on my face. Adding this paper will, for us photographers, make Blurb the Best of the Best!!

    Did I say THANK YOU?????

    By Gary
      October 21, 2008 – 2:10 pm   Permalink
  11. how much is going to cost?

    By Shannon
      October 21, 2008 – 2:40 pm   Permalink
  12. Great idea ! But why up to 160 pages ??? I need more !!!! :-)

    By sousnospieds
      October 21, 2008 – 2:42 pm   Permalink
  13. i cant figure out how to order the nice paper. i have bought many books could i get my latest one on that paper to see it and touch it?please look at my past books

      October 21, 2008 – 2:50 pm   Permalink
  14. can i get my books on metallic color paper?

      October 21, 2008 – 2:51 pm   Permalink
  15. i think it would be grate if you had double pag full bleed option in your software so that i could design a pag and know that it would work out landscape full 26 by 11 please do it

      October 21, 2008 – 3:02 pm   Permalink
  16. will that paper make the pictures on it look better ? if so: in what way?

    By Gino
      October 21, 2008 – 3:10 pm   Permalink
  17. This is indeed a great news and development. It also prompts to ask (1) spec for new paper (2) How it will enhance photos (3) would it be comparable to photo paper? (4) More info on B3 program-been using Blurb for a very long and still ignorent about Blurb’s B3 program…

    By Pradip
      October 21, 2008 – 3:25 pm   Permalink
  18. Thanks for all the comments – we’re excited about premium paper too, and it’s cool to see everyone weighing in. A couple responses to some of your questions below.

    First, B3 is our Blurb Business to Business program. B3 is in a closed charter phase, but Blurb is offering a limited number of complimentary 2008 charter memberships to creative professionals. To request a membership and check out all the details, visit

    Second, yes premium paper will be available on books over 160 pages sometime very soon – no specific dates to share at this point but we’re not talking about years away.

    Finally, these changes go LIVE ON THURSDAY – so if you’re a professional and you want to begin offering premium paper to your clients, check back in on Thursday for all the pricing info.

    We’ll be at Photo Plus Expo in booth 663, so come on by and say what’s up! See ya out there…

    By Mike
      October 21, 2008 – 3:34 pm   Permalink
  19. Great news about the paper! I would like to see on Blurb the possibility of printing books with both covers: wrap and dust cover…I believe that will make perfect book presentations, and if we have an accident with our dust cover, we´ll still have the wrap cover on it…isn´t this a good idea??
    Thanks Blurb for being such a good company!!!!!
    Best Regards from Argentina!

    By Alexia Delfino
      October 21, 2008 – 3:58 pm   Permalink
  20. Thanks for all the positivity Alexia. Good to hear the excitement around the new paper! Your idea is indeed a good one, and it’s been bouncing around these walls inside Blurb as well. I can’t promise anything at this point, but the feedback is valuable, and it’s definitely on the table.

    Stay tuned in 2009!!

    By Mike
      October 21, 2008 – 4:55 pm   Permalink
  21. It’s about time for the paper. I didn’t like your papers before because of the bleed through on the opposite side. Now I can start doing my books.

    By gotart
      October 21, 2008 – 5:24 pm   Permalink
  22. Yippee!! I’ve been wanting the heavier paper option and now I will be modivated to finish my Africa book!!

    By MAry
      October 21, 2008 – 5:32 pm   Permalink
  23. And the price difference is…???

    By Tiffany Hunter
      October 21, 2008 – 5:56 pm   Permalink
  24. Good on Blurb.
    * Yes, I’d like to order extra dust jackets; normal marketing; prior to printing.

    *But back to the paper:
    Hope Blurb’s thinking through a way of enabling economic order of a test page on standard paper to check photo and text settings, same printer, airmail envelope return with Big Blurb logo on front. :-)
    P (NZ)

      October 21, 2008 – 6:07 pm   Permalink
  25. SWEET! I’ve been ‘shopping around’ because I was not initially thrilled with the paper quality in my first books [kind of disappointed actually]… but now that 100lb is here – I’m curious to see the results!

    I love the blurb interface and the ease of use of actually getting something self-published. I foresee many more books coming down the line!

    Can’t wait for the next improvement or service offer.

      October 21, 2008 – 6:54 pm   Permalink
  26. I agree with Alexia re producing books with both covers. I’ve produced books with both and can never make up my mind. – I would gladly pay an uplift for both at the time of order.

    Premium paper – This has got me really excited. Having produced books with disappointing reproductions on the semi-gloss, a premium option sounds like the answer to my prayers. Nice one Blurb!

    By Simon James
      October 21, 2008 – 7:29 pm   Permalink
  27. Awwwww!!! I just missed out. I just placed my order a few days ago! But good to see, because any following books I order will definitely be on the new paper.

    By Natasha
      October 21, 2008 – 7:33 pm   Permalink
  28. Hi Mike,
    This is such great news, I’m so excited! I am planning on sending in some books to get printed in the near future (as a Christmas present) and have been shopping around to find a place that will print on the linen cover under the dust jacket. When you guys say that you have been looking into it and might be adding it in the future, do you mean before the new year? If yes, then I -for sure- want to order through Blurb… I love your product. However, if it won’t be until after Christmas then I will most likely have to keep searching for another printer. I know you can’t give away company “secrets” but it would be good to know if it’ll be in 2009 or earlier!


      October 21, 2008 – 7:36 pm   Permalink
  29. Hi Robyn – definitely not before the new year. Hopefully you’ll find something at Blurb that finds its way onto your Christmas list. And if not, maybe next year. Thanks for checking in!

    By Mike
      October 21, 2008 – 7:47 pm   Permalink
  30. Will this new paper option cause a substancial increase on shipping???
    If this will be included in the information on Thursday, response is not necessary.


    By Briwee
      October 21, 2008 – 7:57 pm   Permalink
  31. Premium paper is what we are expecting for long time. However, I would like to know whether the printing process has be adjusted so that the problem of dark and dull output will be eliminated.

    By Eric
      October 21, 2008 – 9:05 pm   Permalink
  32. How can we see and touch a sample of the new premium paper?

    Do you have a storefront in SF one could visit?

    Could we order a few sheets?

    I’m afraid that visiting PhotoExpo wasn’t meant to be for me this year.

    Thanks for your answers,


      October 21, 2008 – 9:06 pm   Permalink
  33. thanks for update. I finished 300 page book today and was leary on pulling the trigger. I guess I can wait a few more days for the 160+ announcement

    By mac
      October 21, 2008 – 9:33 pm   Permalink
  34. Mike, will this also be available for european customers (printing in Holland)?

    By Hans von der Crone
      October 21, 2008 – 10:45 pm   Permalink
  35. Ok that’s what some of us have been holding out for. But some of us have high end projects needing way past 160 pages and into the 200 and higher. I am hoping for some more options. We have some high quality work from some people waiting for this to be realized. Would like a comment from the staff. Thank You guy’s very much . I am hoping for some good news soon here.

    By Noel Pelavin
      October 21, 2008 – 11:36 pm   Permalink
  36. Very good news! Can you comment on the color profile to use? I now use the HP5000. Can I continue doing this?

    Thanks for yr answer


    By Don
      October 22, 2008 – 12:54 am   Permalink
  37. It’s a good news!
    How thick the premium paper is?

    By vivien
      October 22, 2008 – 1:01 am   Permalink
  38. heyy! great news! the same questions , how much it will be in gsm , and will it be possible for european customers?

      October 22, 2008 – 1:48 am   Permalink
  39. Good news!

    As you expand your options, please consider offering a board book format. It would be nice to be able to create books for young children using your software.

    By Colleen
      October 22, 2008 – 1:51 am   Permalink
  40. My next Blurb Book will have 260 pages can you deliver this in the new paper quality?

    By Gabriele Brinkwirth
      October 22, 2008 – 2:16 am   Permalink
  41. The question about the quality of the pictures on this new paper hasnt been answered yet.
    so the pictures will look better or not?

    By gino
      October 22, 2008 – 2:22 am   Permalink
  42. I’m from the UK and I like the sound of Premium paper. After all the work that goes into creating a book, it is well worth a bit extra to see a first class quality product at the end.
    What will the price be for the UK in postage?
    Yvonne UK

      October 22, 2008 – 5:32 am   Permalink
  43. While I have always liked Blurb for the money spent, I’ve always gone with Asuka Book, and lately Pounds Photo Labs, for anything special. The image quality, especially in the blacks or when looking at the paper at angles, has always lacked with Blurb.

    Blurb guys, do you think this new paper will rival that quality I expect when I order from Asuka Book? If so that’s great!

      October 22, 2008 – 8:30 am   Permalink
  44. This should a great option and I am very interested in seeing a sample book with this paper.

    Please keep the innovations coming!

      October 22, 2008 – 9:26 am   Permalink
  45. Hi everyone – thanks for all the great feedback!

    Premium Paper will be available for all of our users (even those of you in Europe!) this Thursday. The paper is 100-pound silk finish (170 gsm) and we’re sure you’ll see the improvement in your image quality.

    As Mike mentioned, right now the cap on pages for Premium Paper is 160. Rest assured we’re working as fast as we can to increase this number and we’ll be sure to let you all know as soon as the increase takes place!

    Thanks everyone!

      October 22, 2008 – 9:38 am   Permalink
  46. I fully agree with Colleen.
    Right now, there is nothing on the market that enable parents to print books for their children. But having a 18 month old at home, I can assure you that she is the biggest fan of our blurb books: especially the ones with all her family in it.
    I’ve just created a special book for her with every single person from her family and unfortunately I ordered it 30 minutes before the newsletter was sent out…. that’s too bad, cause I have been actively looking for option to be able to print on thicker paper that would resist her little hands….
    Board books would be a hit in the family circles !!!!
    Sorry for the long comment ;-)

      October 22, 2008 – 10:03 am   Permalink
  47. This is good news, as I am now putting together the first volume of my b/w images for archive reasons. The heavier paper will be just the ticket for this purpose.

    By KeithT
      October 22, 2008 – 12:34 pm   Permalink
  48. Good news! I had made a wedding book before with blurb and my client was happy. But the second client who saw the book liked everything except page thickness. So I was forced to go elsewhere. Now I see that can be back. :)

    Adding lether cover option would be also on my wishlist.

    By Alex
      October 22, 2008 – 2:26 pm   Permalink
  49. Hi,

    Just got my 1st order and had to complain about the paper quality. My 1st order was a wedding photo book which went in the bin. The bleed through , blacks and paper quality put me off using blurb again. I might be persuaded to give blurb a second chance.

    Mike UK

      October 22, 2008 – 3:15 pm   Permalink
  50. Today we have 23 october and still no option for premium paper ?

    By Daniel
      October 23, 2008 – 2:41 am   Permalink
  51. Hi,
    It’s Thursday here in Europe! Guess we have to wait for our US cousins to wake up before we get to try out the Premium paper?

    By Catherine
      October 23, 2008 – 2:53 am   Permalink
  52. Just checked in to see the prices now it’s Thursday, but I can’t see them on the pricing page… has it gone live yet?

    By Kate
      October 23, 2008 – 4:13 am   Permalink
  53. I really loved my first Blurb book but wanted to make a large photobook and fot that I find that heavier paper is better. I looked around for a month now and then desided to try Blurb one more time. The book isnt finished yet so I am so happy I can order it with premium paper, no matter what the cost. Thank you for imporving your service! and now, if I may make one more wish, maybe some more templates…..?
    Greets Arda

    By Arda
      October 23, 2008 – 4:40 am   Permalink
  54. I really loved my first Blurb book but wanted to make a large photobook and for that I find that heavier paper is better. I looked around for a month now and then decided to try Blurb one more time. The book isnt finished yet so I am so happy I can order it with premium paper, no matter what the cost. Thank you for improving your service! and now, if I may make one more wish, maybe some more templates…..?
    Greets Arda

    By Arda
      October 23, 2008 – 4:42 am   Permalink
  55. Just to be clear, starting today….are all books ordered printed on this new Premium paper (under 160 pages), or do we have to specify in some way that we want the premium paper. Is there an option to still print on the old paper or the old paper now replaced with the premium paper?

      October 23, 2008 – 7:00 am   Permalink
  56. Hi,
    I just tried to order my book on the new paper and did not see the option. Is it still available today or has it been pushed back?

    By brianne
      October 23, 2008 – 9:36 am   Permalink
  57. Thanks everyone for the comments. A couple notes that should clarify things for some.

    First, Premium Paper will be available today, Thursday the 23rd, at the end of business pacific time.

    Second, Premium Paper is another option – you can still elect to print on Blurb’s standard paper. We’re just giving you another option that we think you’ll really enjoy.


    By Mike
      October 23, 2008 – 9:44 am   Permalink
  58. I was just wondering what the thicknes was, used in the books now.

      October 23, 2008 – 10:39 am   Permalink
  59. Glad to see that premium paper is here, since the print quality of the images on the standard paper wasn’t all that I had hoped for. I’d love to get a sample of the new paper (with a printed image) so I can see what I’d be buying. How can I get one? thanks! You’ve got a great product — just looking for aways to make it better.

    By Patti
      October 23, 2008 – 10:57 am   Permalink
  60. The one thing that bugs me is that you cannot print a standard size 5×8 in color with the new premium paper with color images. Why is this? I really want to print a book, but the large 8×10 pages are outlandishly large for a work that is mostly text and only occasionally color pictures too. Why has this option not been made available?

    By Madeline Morcelle
      October 23, 2008 – 1:14 pm   Permalink
  61. hi- question on premium pages. is it 160 pages or sheets. can you print on both sides of the pages? thanks.

    By In Terested
      October 23, 2008 – 4:34 pm   Permalink
  62. Well thanks very much after ordering what i have just ordered could this possibly apply to me? I hope so.

    By georgie
      October 23, 2008 – 5:36 pm   Permalink
  63. ps as in 160 pg book, which i ordered on 20th oct, just hope the books are as beautiful as they sound.

    By georgie
      October 23, 2008 – 5:40 pm   Permalink
  64. Great news. My wife and I just ordered a wedding book and to be honest, she was really disappointed with the weight of the standard paper. We were planning on going to PhotoPlus this weekend to look at alternatives for printing wedding books.

    This is really helpful.

    I was happy with the print quality, but thought the paper was going to be a deal-breaker.

      October 23, 2008 – 5:49 pm   Permalink
  65. I also like the idea of a recycled paper option.

    By Jeff
      October 23, 2008 – 5:59 pm   Permalink
  66. Great improvment with the premium paper can we have a coated cover now HEHEHEHEHEHE

      October 23, 2008 – 6:17 pm   Permalink
  67. No recycled paper on offer? There are some great recycled papers out there, not even counting archival quality hemp and rag. We’ve gotta have recycled!

    By Terre
      October 23, 2008 – 7:06 pm   Permalink
  68. I used blurb on a trial basis several years ago and quickly found the printing for B&W was the problem, not the paper. Let me know if and when you move into duotones and I’ll consider quality paper for a few extra bucks.

    By gary
      October 23, 2008 – 7:21 pm   Permalink
  69. And I am very glad to hear the news! I am going to print my second book again here, I loved the service!

    By Marina
      October 23, 2008 – 7:54 pm   Permalink
  70. Blurb staff:

    Could you give us an estimate on what you expect the maximum number of book pages will eventually be for the premium paper? 160 is a great start! Thanks.

    By Meade
      October 23, 2008 – 8:45 pm   Permalink
  71. Will there be a new color profile available for the premium paper? I’m a lucky B3 participant, but it seems relevant for everyone who softproofs.

    By Rich
      October 23, 2008 – 9:13 pm   Permalink
  72. I’m a bit annoyed that I just published my first book – I definately would have waited a few days for this if I new it was coming.

    By chris
      October 23, 2008 – 10:00 pm   Permalink
  73. Is the premium paper also glossy paper?

    By Odette
      October 24, 2008 – 12:31 am   Permalink
  74. Can you have more than 160 pages? I need at least over 300 pages

    By billy
      October 24, 2008 – 1:38 am   Permalink
  75. I am so excited about this page weight news!
    I have always said to my clients how nice it would be if the page was a little bit thicker – I’m off to design a portfolio book to test it out!

    Well done you Blurbbers!

    Joe Fairs, UK.

      October 24, 2008 – 4:25 am   Permalink
  76. Ahhh. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You … You have just kept my business I have been shopping around for an alternative to the blurb books for this very reason. I love your product, but as a wedding photographer thick pages are in high demand.
    I would also like it if I could have both a Dust jacket and the image wrap in one, I feel this would really impress my clients. Also Please create a Full page( 26 x 11) lay out for you books with more options like Photos frames inside of full bleed photos.
    Thanks again.. Much love

      October 24, 2008 – 6:18 am   Permalink
  77. Is there a way of choosing a custom layout for photos on a given page? I can’t seem to find one and often don’t want to work within the constraints of the few options given. Anyone?

    By Andrew
      October 24, 2008 – 7:24 am   Permalink
  78. Re premium paper: I’ve just ordered my photobook on Oct 21th. Can I change the order for premium paper?
    Thank you
    Otto Dusbaba

    By Otto3
      October 24, 2008 – 9:36 am   Permalink
  79. I’m going to dump it all right here. I have done many books with Blurb – 8X10 landscape and port, small square books. I love being able to do this. I’m a published author, so I’m used to holding books with my name on them in my hand. But holding a book of beloved pictures in my hand is another thing all together. Comments:

    1) Love the printing on the dust jackets. But this is what I’ve noticed – finally, after all these months. The color and the resolution on the cover is WORLDS better – brighter, far more crisp – than the printing inside of the book, which is dull, and though it’s supposed to be printed at 300 dpi, still looks like less.

    Don’t misunderstand me. You still blow iPhoto books out of the water. But somehow, I’m still seeing dots on the inside printing. I’m glad to have the books, but disappointed still in the rendering of photo images.

    I’m interested in finding out if the new paper will change this. I don’t know much about printing paper. I just want the inside of the book to look as fab as the outside of the book. (After the hundreds of dollars I’ve spent with you guys – I’m very interested in this.) To be terribly blunt, I ordered the new “gorgeous” wrap around cover and found it as dull in color as the inside of my present books – and kind of lumpy and thick, so I’m reserving judgement. I know you Blurb guys are sold on the new stuff, but I’m not willing to gamble again.

    2) I don’t like the wrap. But I WOULD like to see titles printed on the hard cover – the linen, is it? Otherwise, I’ve got a bunch of identical books when the covers are off. Of course, I realize that this would increase the price of the books further, and money – especially in this time – is certainly a consideration.

    3) I’d like to see a regular commercial size paperback book for text. There are several manuscripts I’d like to galley for myself this way. So it’d be cool if that happened at some point.

    4) I wish to see just a teeny bit more care in shipping. Of the last two books I got, one had a crunched corner. At the amount I’m spending, and in light of the fact that these are, in my view, heirlooms I am doing for my family, I can’t afford to have even a little damage right out of the package.

    4) All of this said, I don’t want to be misunderstood. I love the service you do. I love the communication you allow with your customers. I love the customer service people, I treasure these books, which is why I care so much about the quality. And that’s why I’m here. I think you guys are the best in the biz.

      October 24, 2008 – 9:39 am   Permalink
  80. Hi…

    I created and ordered a book early this morning, but I didn’t see any option to choose Premium Paper when I ordered my book. I presumed that the Premium Paper was going to be the standard. I’m a bit disappointed that this new book I just made and purchased is not going to have the new paper. It was the only reason I decided to make a new book last night.

    In any case….where is the option to choose Premium paper?

      October 24, 2008 – 10:28 am   Permalink
  81. Excellent news . . . everyone who sees my books already start downloading Booksmart.

      October 24, 2008 – 11:41 am   Permalink
  82. I don’t understand the pricing for premium paper: If you get a 41 page landscape book with a softcover, it’s 3 bucks extra. If you get the dust jacket, it’s 5 bucks extra. If you get the imagewrap cover, it’s 6 bucks extra. Why would the cover make the difference? There may well be a reason but it sort of feels bogus.

    So now instead of getting 5 imagewrap books for Xmas, I am probably going to just go with 5 softcovers, since I’ll be saving an extra $15 on the premium paper alone.

    By Andrew
      October 24, 2008 – 11:56 am   Permalink
  83. Is there a new colour profile that you recommend for this new premium paper?

    By Tom
      October 24, 2008 – 12:52 pm   Permalink
  84. As far as proofing the photos in photoshop goes, with the new paper should I still be using the HP5000 semimatte color profile or is there a new one for the new paper.


    By Brian McGeogh
      October 24, 2008 – 6:11 pm   Permalink
  85. My order is still being processed. Is it possible to change it to premium paper? Also … I don’t see the option to order books with premium paper … I want to announce my book for people to buy but I want them to have the best paper … and I can’t find how to get the premium paper ……

    Why not just make it standard? I think everybody would choose it anyway. Or make it a link in the begning next to “soft cover, hard cover.” I dunno. Something I can find lol

    By April
      October 24, 2008 – 6:26 pm   Permalink
  86. Do you print music books?

    By C.Coltrane
      October 24, 2008 – 8:48 pm   Permalink
  87. Can you please post icc profiles for the new printer/paper combinations, so that we can soft-proof effectively? Even those of us that are primarily hobbyists can benefit from this.

      October 25, 2008 – 9:16 am   Permalink
  88. Andrew….the quality of the cover improves as the price goes up. The softcover books in the past had a very thin cover that curled up. Not sure if it’s still that way now. I personally prefer the dust jacket book. It’s glossy and the colors look better. The imagewrap books I’ve recieved seemed dull and a bit fades….plus there is an extreme amount of cropping on the imagewrap book cover that doesn’t show up in the layout before you print.

      October 25, 2008 – 11:41 am   Permalink
  89. Patrick: I am maybe missing something in what you’re saying, but yeah I mean i know the quality changes between covers, I was asking how come the premium paper option for 40 (or 80, etc) pages of premium paper cost more depending what cover you get, you see? Premium paper is just for the insides of the book if I understand correctly.

    By Andrew
      October 25, 2008 – 1:25 pm   Permalink
  90. I recently ordered a photobook at blurb and i would have to say, I was so impressed! I was so depressed because my photographer ended up handing us our wedding photo in a standard photo album (the one you get at a supermarket) after charging my in-laws thousands of dollars, and I was so disappointed. Thank goodness for you guys we were able to make change things up and make our wedding photo so professional and it really alleviate the pain and sadness. However, we were a bit dissapointed by the paper, it’s nice but we were hoping for better paper quality. Now that you provide the premium paper quality at a such a good price too, I am excited to work on my future books. THANK YOU GUYS!!!! I can’t wait to print my stuff on premium paper, woohoo!!!! You guys are the best, keep up the good work!!

    By Huyen To
      October 25, 2008 – 2:38 pm   Permalink
  91. I have the same curiosity about the pricing as Andrew. The pricing is such that the same number of pages of premium paper has a different incremental cost over the standard paper depending on the quality of the cover. What would be the reason for that?

    I also am intending to print a photo book with black backgrounds and am glad for the heavier paper with regard to color bleed-through, but unhappy that people are calling the blacks and photos in general dull and flat. Will the new paper improve the color and photo quality?

    By Kay
      October 25, 2008 – 8:37 pm   Permalink
  92. yes, andrew hava a point

    By gino
      October 26, 2008 – 2:22 am   Permalink
  93. I love the idea of the option of the dual cover choices. I am in the process of finishing a wedding album and was going to ask for that option. This is absolutely something you need to do. The books are great now, this would make them close to perfect.

    By Mark
      October 26, 2008 – 7:12 am   Permalink
  94. thank you for the new paper choice! I am so excited to print my next book now!

    I agree with some of the other comments, a board-book option would be great! Please work on that!

    By Lauren
      October 26, 2008 – 7:52 pm   Permalink
  95. I agree with all of the others who suggested the possibility of printing books with BOTH covers–image wrap and dust cover. The dust jacket photos are glossy, crisp and clear. However, until the option for both covers is available, I will continue to order the image wrap (which is a little dull) but alot easier to handle while viewing the books.

    Love the option for premium paper!!!!

    By Sandy
      October 28, 2008 – 12:05 pm   Permalink
  96. what is the normal weight of the paper without premium? What is it in GSM? thank you

    By shania
      October 30, 2008 – 12:52 am   Permalink
  97. I am a little surprised by the substantial price premium for the heavier paper (which in my mind, should be standard for books geared to photographers).

    I am also a little confused by the further increase in price depending on the cover used when this is not affected my the paper inside.

    It is unfortunate that the books continue to become further out of reach for the average interested consumer.

    I would really like to make books that can be marketed at a reasonable price. I guess this means something that is roughly that of what a potential customer would pay for a similar item in a bookstore or on Amazon.

    When the price is five times the average price (i.e., large format hardback, 240 pages), I think 99% of folks would balk at it.

    The saddest part is that this price is without any markup for myself, the photographer and designer.

    What can be done about this?

    Lastly, I am hoping that Blurb gets with the program and begins to use papers and inks that are entirely green friendly. Being creative and taking care of our environment should go hand in hand.

    By raku
      October 30, 2008 – 12:04 pm   Permalink
  98. I’m also confused why the price goes up so much with premium paper when using a different cover. That makes no sense.

    And I also agree the books are way to expensive. I want to find a place where I can buy a lot of books and sell them in my area. If I did that here I’d have to sell my books for a HUGE sum of money in order to make a small profit since the books here cost so much. Nobody would pay that much….

    They really are not reasonably priced even for a great quality book. This quality is just average so the price is outragous.

    By April
      October 30, 2008 – 3:53 pm   Permalink
  99. Has anyone received the premium paper yet? I’m anxious to hear how you like it!

    By Jen
      October 31, 2008 – 9:55 am   Permalink
  100. que tal !!!! pues yo estoy interesado en sacar un libro sobre tatujes y me entere que aki se puede hacer lo que tengo en plan y de buena calidad, me gustaria que me respondieran y como hacerle para producir mi libro. bueno saludos y espero una respuesta

      October 31, 2008 – 12:26 pm   Permalink
  101. Sheila,

    Here is the info you are looking for, have a look:

    Hope that helps.

    By Brian
      October 31, 2008 – 1:07 pm   Permalink
  102. I took would like an answer re the ‘glossiness’ of premium paper. I ordered a book earlier in the year with predominantly long exposure shots taken of my city at night. Whilst the dust cover reproduced my city skyline brilliantly (with lots of luminosity), the same image inside the book, together with over 80% of the other shots were a real disappointment being dull, dark and frankly – a total waste of money to print.

    If the premium paper isn’t that glossy then I’m not even going to bother with the huge task of re-editing/re-printing on premium. With all blurb product now costing me over 50% more because of the Aussie dollar’s slide against the greenback, I not exactly keen to ‘suck it an see’ with what would be an expensive gamble. I need some added reassurance that I’ll do better on premum.

    … so is the premium offering ‘glossier?’ … or am I going to see the paper drink up the ink and my light along with it?

    By Simon James
      October 31, 2008 – 7:10 pm   Permalink
  103. Great to hear of the new paper.
    I hope the binding system has also improved to match the extra weight. It is awful to see some of my books being opened fllat by clients, the binding gives way and then the book falls apart, then they complain to me, and I complain to Blurb…
    Please upgrade the binding system!
    And even though I have already done heaps of books with you, I still dont understand what the B3 custom workflow is about, or why anyone would bother… can any satisfied B3 customer tell me?

      November 2, 2008 – 5:01 am   Permalink
  104. Can you tell me what would be the best paper to use if I want people to sign the paper? I am thinking about using a picture book for my wedding guest book and I want people to sign around their pictures. Thank You very much.

    By Lisa Bates
      November 2, 2008 – 6:29 pm   Permalink
  105. I had one book done using this paper,i have no complaints about turnaround,but when i compare the quality of the book to the one apple produced for me a month ago,it struck me that i would rather pay the slightly higher price of the apple production so that quality of my pictures was maintained. I found the pictures done by blurb to be “flat”,
    no impact,which is sad considering that the download tool for making the book up is fantastic to say the least.
    I will try one more time just to see if the last book wasnt the standard you normally expected.

    By neil adams
      November 3, 2008 – 1:04 pm   Permalink
  106. I had one book done using this paper,i have no complaints about turnaround,but when i compare the quality of the book to the one apple produced for me a month ago,it struck me that i would rather pay the slightly higher price of the apple production so that quality of my pictures was maintained. I found the pictures done by blurb to be “flat”,
    no impact,which is sad considering that the download tool for making the book up is fantastic to say the least.
    I will try one more time just to see if the last book wasnt the standard you normally expected.

    By neil adams
      November 3, 2008 – 1:05 pm   Permalink
  107. Why not a blurb site in The Netherlands, because all the books are printed in Eindhoven in The Netherlands and not in the USA.

    By cees van veelen
      November 4, 2008 – 6:01 am   Permalink
  108. I just got my hardcover book with this new paper. The paper is the same as the old paper only thicker. What’s the point? Also the binding is coming appart. It’s not attatched to the book. That cost me so much money and it’s not worth it…..

    By April
      November 4, 2008 – 1:29 pm   Permalink
  109. - The weight of the new paper sounds ideal to keep the pages in good condition for longer and to make the books feel more substantial but I too am confused by the jump in the incremental price increase when choosing premium paper with different covers, is it an error?

    - I have images ready for many years of photography work which I’d like to publish for my blog readers but I won’t be printing seriously until you offer recycled paper, and preferably eco friendly inks too. I look forward to a time when Blurb goes green and I can really start making the most of what seems to be a great service.

    By cally
      November 4, 2008 – 6:33 pm   Permalink
  110. Is the Hard Cover ImageWrap printed on the Premium paper as well? It would be so nice to have a cover printed on Silk instead of Gloss. And are the covers of the softcover books Silk or Gloss when Premium paper is selected?

    And while I’m at it, why would you choose sRBG over CMYK?

    By Vicki
      November 7, 2008 – 8:36 am   Permalink
  111. I’m about to print a group portfolio, where some people want the new Premium paper and some do not. Can I combine both orders into one shipment?

    By Michael
      November 7, 2008 – 2:27 pm   Permalink
  112. I just received my 8×10 landscape book with the premium paper. Here is my unbiased review. BTW, this is my third book with Blurb and the first with the Premium paper.

    This paper has got a matte feel to it with a dash of satin finish. Basically, it is a heavy non-reflective paper. Don’t expect a glossy feel just because it says silk. The paper is heavy as mentioned in some of the post. So, If you try to open the first page (with left & right side), it flips back. So what’s the big deal you say?. you’know how Blurb warns you not leave an important part of image towards the edges of the templates! well, with the premium paper it’s worse, because it is thick I guess they use a little more of the gutter space than they would for a regular paper. Despite leaving enough space in the templates, some of the folks in my images got jammed in the gutter space.

    I can see why a limit to the number of pages. I ordered a 20 Pages (40 sides) book. Flipping through the pages is quite cumbersome due to the weight of the paper.

    The Premium paper is not for everybody and I think a max of 10 pages (20 sides) would make a great book.

    Since no profile was available, I used the HP5000 semi matte. With regards to the IQ , I felt my images looked better with the regular paper. I don’t know if this has something to do with opacity of the premium paper. In any case, I’m not comparing apples with apples so you have to take this with a pinch of salt. All I am saying is that, I trust my eyes and comments are purely based on what I’m seeing.

    I think I’ll stick with the regular paper. that’s my 2 cents

    By L-Rod
      November 7, 2008 – 6:50 pm   Permalink
  113. The new paper sound great….
    Call me crazy, will/should Blurb offer a heavyweight Glossy ?
    I would use it for some things…

      November 9, 2008 – 7:20 am   Permalink
  114. I’m waiting to receive my first books from Blurb and am getting nervous about all the negative feedback about the binding system. Is it really that bad? I got a few small, soft-covers, but also a bigger hardcover. With all the complaints, you’d think they would do something to improve the binding? Anyway, hoping for the best….

    By neamey
      November 9, 2008 – 11:46 am   Permalink
  115. I’m a fan of the new paper. I just got a sample book of a larger collection of images I plan to release in early 2009. Reproduction is nice and opacity of the paper is noticeably improved. It also feels better in your hand.

    A blog writeup on a few of my observations:

    By Evan
      November 9, 2008 – 3:26 pm   Permalink
  116. What is “silk finish”? Is this an obvious texture, a very fine texture, not an obvious texture? Some descriptions on the web describe linen/silk as a finer, but similar, texture to a canvas like paper used for charcoal drawing. Can we get samples?

      November 10, 2008 – 8:59 am   Permalink
  117. Hi, the Premium Paper is an improvement of your books! But still…. some of the pictures still look a bit dark and here and there I can see dots and spots… Although the pictures look better when you put them on a dark background with a white border, I think it would be a good idea to improve your printquality (or printers) also. Or, as a lot of other people already have mentioned, also give the option of glossy paper.
    Also a comment on the dust jacket: nice and shiny and glossy, but after a while the edges get torn and folded and it doesn’t look that fancy anymore. Not everyone is as careful with my fotobooks as I am… :-(
    The image wrap is a better solution, but… not available in glossy! Just silky finish. On this you can see scratches and fatty vingers… My question is: when is Blurb going to offer a GLOSSY finish on the image wrap? Or even fancier: the background silky and the text/foto’s glossy…?
    Don’t get me wrong, I do like your books. So this is my way of giving you some ideas on how to improve Blurb even more….

      November 11, 2008 – 1:55 pm   Permalink
  118. I am very excited about the introduction of Premium Paper. Unfortunately, it was introduced after I created my first Blurb album. How does the thickness of the papers compare in volume? I want to keep the thickness of my overall books as consistant as possible (within reason). My last book was 224 pages using standard paper. Would I want to divide that number by 2 to achieve the same thickness with premium pages?

    By Karri
      November 12, 2008 – 9:51 am   Permalink
  119. I just received my photo book with Premium Paper. I was disappointed to see it wasn’t much different compared to the one with regular paper. I still see dots and spots. The images came out a lot darker than I expected and the quality wasn’t clear. The image wrap cover was nothing compare to the dusk jacket. I think the binding was OK. I will stick with regular paper next time.

    By Ailene
      November 12, 2008 – 3:24 pm   Permalink
  120. Ok, there are a lot of questions here in the comment section, now where are the answers? Especially the answers regarding an ICC profile for the heavier paper.

      November 13, 2008 – 5:09 am   Permalink
  121. We use the silk satin finish on our business cards so find Blurb’s Premium Paper description to be accurate. We received our first set of books on this paper yesterday so here’s my feedback on reality, rather than dreams. Contrary to other comments I have read on this Blog, both the image-wrap and the premium paper reproduce well and accurately the images we used. Assuming they are high quality, sharp, and correctly processed images – which ours are – the results are excellent and colours bright. I see no great difference in the image results when compared with the original lighter weight paper, and find the extra thickness and smooth satin texture very pleasing. I did find however, that as with many new books of any kind, it was necessary to flatten each page as I opened them. I would like to see a machine made fold near the stitching to ease this, as now the book – though only opened twice to date on each page,- has the rear portion of the cover bending outwards like a bud that has opened, never to return. Incidentally I converted all the images to SRGB (we shoot in Adobe RGB to match our colour calibrated screens: accurate monitor calibration is vital if you want good colours. We use EyeOne Pro but there are many other devices you could try like the Spyder.)

      November 13, 2008 – 7:04 am   Permalink
  122. I got my first book today! I’m very impressed with the premium paper! Since this was a “tester” , I used a mix of photos, cameras, resolutions, edits, colour etc…..To say the least, BRILLIANT!!!

    Thanks guys!

    By Rick Truter
      November 13, 2008 – 7:55 am   Permalink
  123. I would also like to see a title on a linen book. Eurobook does this with a pasted-on photo and title, although their linen is not as nice as blurb’s. I think Iphoto does something similar. IMHO it gives a nice finished professional look without dealing with a dust cover that will eventually get torn, or an image wrap cover which just doesn’t seem to have as quality look to it. One problem with the Eurobook cover options is that the cover photo is available only with a white border.

    By hughw
      November 13, 2008 – 11:46 am   Permalink
  124. I received two photo-books with premium paper a couple of days ago… Thank you Blurb for doing such a BRILLIANT job :) I really like the new paper, its quality and thickness are just right… I definitely would buy my books with premium paper again :)

      November 15, 2008 – 3:01 am   Permalink
  125. Hello

    I just placed an order by number 334970 in normal paper and I really would like premium paper. Is there a possebility to change my order?

    By Karin
      November 15, 2008 – 7:12 am   Permalink
  126. Just received my first book on premium paper. 120 pages, opened (gently) 3 times, pages falling out.

    I have contacted customer support and waiting on their reply. Same book on regular paper has been viewed and handled without any problems.

    I have noticed other posts on binding problems with premium paper – should Blurb lower page #s for softcover/premium combo (now 160 pages)? Will post comment about Customer support reply asap.

    By Walnut lady
      November 18, 2008 – 6:44 am   Permalink
  127. When I got my book with premium paper I thought it was the regular paper I had before. I thought they had messed up and not given me the new paper. I had to take out my old book with the regular paper and put it against the new book to compare. Even then I still could not tell, so I had to get a few other people to look at it. After a while we could see there was a difference but really it’s not very noticable at all. I was expecting the paper to be better, not just a tad thicker and a tad smoother.

    The image wrap cover was really bad, and did not fit the binding. I would never order this for my clients ever. It’s not professional. The spine and cover are only held together with photo paper, not securely attatched. I don’t think they should even offer this book if it will be made that way.

    My images where extremely high quality and sharp and processed correctly. My monitor is calibrated perfectly. But some images still came out dark. And some spots on pages.

    By April
      November 18, 2008 – 9:12 am   Permalink
  128. One more thing. I also have a computer monitor that is very old and faded out from the sun. All photos on it look very dark. Even when I turn up the brightness all the way. I can no longer see the difference between really dark colors and somewhat dark…. We need to buy a new one. Anyway the pictures on this old dark faded monitor STILL look brighter than the ones in the photo book blurb gave me.

    So if somebody says it’s OUR monitors that are not callibrated correctly you can now know that this is wrong. Even my old faded dark one shows pictures brighter.

    By April
      November 18, 2008 – 9:22 am   Permalink
  129. I have tries many books thru different websites; none of them gave me good quality photo prints (similar to what April said above) because the best paper they could offer was 80lb silk paper. So I tried a local printing shop for 100lb glossy paper from the press and it looked wonderfully perfect. However, you have to print large quantities to do so. So it’s feasible but not economical. Then I was excited to see Blurb offering premium paper. But unless it’s glossy, I’ll probably keep looking.

    So, to Mike: I believe your HP press can do it. I am willing to pay more if available. Thanks.

    By MLIN
      November 18, 2008 – 10:50 am   Permalink
  130. yeah, i think that recycled paper would be a great idea…..i would DEFINITELY use blurb more often…..

      November 18, 2008 – 3:58 pm   Permalink
  131. I’m personally very disappointed with this paper–i just published my new book of high-resolution monochrome portraits and the quality on this paper is VERY poor–it’s the surface. The images came out very muddy, no good blacks, and generally poor overall image quality…the original papers are far better.

      November 22, 2008 – 3:50 pm   Permalink

      November 22, 2008 – 3:59 pm   Permalink
  133. jsut read through al the comments…am a little concerned, just ordered my first book through blurb…one copy only of course, guess it was a smart move…..maybe i should not put it up for sale until i see t he quality….i do agree that the prices are aa bit steep…

    By michelle lafromboise
      November 23, 2008 – 4:24 pm   Permalink
  134. I want to turn my blog into a book but I use blogspot and it seems you don’t work with that sight. Why is that?

    By Sherion
      November 25, 2008 – 9:26 am   Permalink
  135. I am having the same problem with blogger…so dissapointed.

    By marcelle
      November 25, 2008 – 12:24 pm   Permalink
  136. I also would really like a thick stock high gloss page, somthing along the lines of the quality of your soft covers, I would gladly pay $30-40 more for this option. Increase your printing options PLEASE! I have orderd 4 new Books using the “premium paper” its no different in quality just a heaver stock.
    I have asked before, PLEASE add a dust jacket option to your image wrapped covers!

    Kind Regards

      November 25, 2008 – 5:02 pm   Permalink
  137. I just got my photobook with the premium paper. I noted some improvement in the pages where the pictures were taken outdoors with a lot of sunlight. However, on the pictures that were taken indoors, I do not detect any difference between the printing using the old paper and the premium paper. I’d like to join your other customers in requesting that the premium paper be HIGH GLOSS, not just thicker stock. The pictures really, really pop out in the high gloss dust jackets so the difference between the dust jacket and the inside of the book is quite tremendous. Please make the premium paper not just 30% thicker but 30% glossier as well. I’ve also ordered the image wrapped cover (by mistake) and I’ll never do that again. It’s dull and it seems not bound well. Let me end this comment in saying that I still love Blurb’s books, it’s a very good alternative and I like the text over picture layouts. However, and at the risk of being repetitive, since you are trying to improve the books by introducing the premium paper, why not make the premium paper glossier? Thanks.

    By Carmen Clay
      November 26, 2008 – 9:19 am   Permalink
  138. whoah…wait a sec. the image wrap is amazing..and I can’t imagine ever wanting a dust jacket book again after getting an image wrap one. good call on the thicker paper….I’d only like to see the minimum pages get raised to 300.

      November 29, 2008 – 5:19 pm   Permalink
  139. hm havent seen the new paper but I would like to say that I do not likeglossy paper for photography books at all – to much gloss might add contrast to some images but I thing its not a modern way of presentation but cheesy and tacky.

    By Werner
      November 30, 2008 – 7:58 am   Permalink
  140. I just received my first book using the premium paper and the B3 workflow. The paper is a real improvement, heavier and much better reproduction. The finish, described as “silk” is a smooth matte finish, very understated. I like it a lot. Using the B3 workflow was easy (if you are used to using ICC profiles and soft proof in Photoshop). The difference between this book and an earlier test book without the premium paper or B3 is significant. The colors are full and true to my calibrated screen. Overall, premium paper and B3 are super additions to the Blurb offering.

      December 1, 2008 – 1:22 pm   Permalink
  141. Just got my first three books on Premium Paper. They look GRAND.

      December 1, 2008 – 6:07 pm   Permalink
  142. Why are the covers so dark compared to the pages? When is the print quality going to improve?

      December 4, 2008 – 7:22 pm   Permalink
  143. the pricing though nice for those not looking to sell the book commercially is too high to be competitive with typical book store pricing. Hopefully a rate reduction can be implemented to combat the recessionary lower spending of book buyers in today market. To be able to sell the book to a book store, a bookstore would have to keystone the book in order market it. So Trying to sell a large landscape book for more the $60 would be tough sell in todays economy less the regular sized book.

    Color Profiles would be a great help in pre press proofing.

      December 7, 2008 – 1:07 am   Permalink
  144. I have tried Premium Paper for my first album and I liked it so much that I am having my new album printed on Premium Paper again. :)

    By Silvia
      December 7, 2008 – 2:08 pm   Permalink
  145. From Salvatore V – //Color Profiles would be a great help in pre press proofing.//

    I SECOND this!
    As a photographer I find this to be an incredibly important element to publication.

      December 9, 2008 – 8:01 am   Permalink
  146. Any news on when the premium paper will be available for larger books? I have a book that is just over at 172 pages that I’d really like to print on premium paper.

    Is this a month away, 6 months, or more?


      December 10, 2008 – 3:58 am   Permalink
  147. I’ve just received some books I had made with the premium paper option. To be honest, the paper may be thicker but the colour saturation is extremely poor especially compared to the alternative paper available. I don’t know if this was some kind of marketing ploy but I’m seriously disappointed, sort it out guys or no more blurb books from me.

    By Alex Ward
      December 15, 2008 – 3:26 am   Permalink
  148. I also, recently ordered a book with the new premium paper… However, as the person above me has commented (Alex Ward) – the paper is thicker, but the colour saturation is poor… I would be happy if Blurb would consider more input as to the quality of books…I did order a new book, for I like the thicker poaper better and the price is ok, as for the quantity of pages you’ll get. However there are places where the quality of paper/print is even better. Hoping Blurb shall reach the level as well.

    Happy Holiday Season and thanks for the work you’ve made so far :),


    By Kylli Kuusk
      December 16, 2008 – 6:22 am   Permalink
  149. I’ve ordered about 20 books I’ve made over the last month and have been poorly disappointed in their quality. I contacted customer service about this and they were very nice and have re-printed books, but even the new books I got in were still messed up! The cover of several have come back with white bars across the bottom. The images are cut off at the top and sides – up to a half inch. The pages are inserted crooked. I have been ordering the 7″x7″ soft cover. That may have something to do with it. I even ordered premium paper, but am disappointed with the color resolution. Reading through this string it sounds like others may be having similar issues.
    Unfortunately these books were gifts were for executives and customers. I’ve had to apologize for partially cut off heads and crooked pages.
    Be ware not to order this type of book if you are looking for a quality, professional gift/product.

    By Rachel
      December 17, 2008 – 1:21 pm   Permalink
  150. Hi all, It seems people are most vocal when disappointed so wanted to post about my brilliant experience. Have received my latest 112 page, 8×10 soft cover photography book, printed on premium paper which looks and feels notably better than the standard paper. The binding is strong with the pages held firmly in place. I too noticed on earlier books that images printed quite dark. But simply increasing the ‘brightness’ of all my images in Photoshop by a factor of around 20 has totally compensated for that. It’s an easy adjustment to make – and I have since had no complaints about image brightness or quality. Hope this helps others who are having trouble. I’d like everyone to be as delighted as I have been! Happy Blurbing, Ben.

    By Benjamlee
      December 28, 2008 – 3:10 am   Permalink
  151. Oh YES! I am so excited to order my first client album with the new paper. I have been hoping for this for a while. Thank you Blurb!

      January 7, 2009 – 6:46 pm   Permalink
  152. I’m working on my first book right now and was wondering if there was a way I could get a sample of both the premium paper and the standard paper. Or just your standar paper. I’m pretty sure I know what the premium paper will look like. Is the standard like a noval or is it stronger and smoother than that? I need a lot more than 160 pages and don’t really want to split it into more than one book. But I do have very small children and would like my pages to be durable.

    By Kerrie
      January 8, 2009 – 12:01 am   Permalink
  153. Hi Kerrie -
    We don’t send paper samples, however both papers in our photography books are consistent with what you would see in a photography book at any major bookstore, versus that of a novel.

      January 13, 2009 – 6:09 pm   Permalink
  154. Walked a hundred miles around PDN in New York City comparing a bazillion book companies. Blurb won for quality, hands down! Funny thing is, that is who I was using in the first place. What I have found is the more pages and the larger the book and photos the bigger the WOW! The new 13inch landscape book with premium paper is boss!

      January 13, 2009 – 8:35 pm   Permalink
  155. Overall I am pleased with the appearance of my first book. It’s an 8×10 photo book, soft cover with premium paper, 80 pages. The pictures on the front and back cover are excellent (it’s gloss), and inside the paper quality is good, with acceptable image quality. I have to second the comments by some others: images I see on my screen and print out myself tended to come out brighter than in the Blurb printed book. Some pictures lost quite a bit of contrast within the darker areas, to the point where useful detail was lost. This was not a significant problem and tended to show up in few pictures. Overall I’m happy, will continue using Blurb and continue with premium paper. However, I don’t have experience with any others, so take that into account.

    By Mike Johnson
      January 14, 2009 – 7:56 pm   Permalink
  156. I love my first book. I’ve got my monitor and images profiled, the book images are exact, and the premium paper is fantastic. I was glad to say goodbye to my 25 years in the darkroom and take up Photoshop, now I guess the photolab and my inkjet printers will soon be replaced by the Blurb alternative. The hard back image wrap is a real plus for family and wedding book creations, hopefully new textured surfaces will be developed.

    By John
      January 16, 2009 – 9:01 am   Permalink
  157. I would like to see the premium paper use for all books not just books whose size is 160 pages.
    I am hoping Blurb will consider this.
    We would like to see all books printed on the finest paper, if requested

    By Joseph Monteiro
      January 17, 2009 – 1:09 pm   Permalink
  158. I used Blurb to create my Wedding Guest Book – I upgraded to the premium paper and received tons of compliments. My only complaint was the binding seems very flimsy and not tight. The book was a hardcover – only about 30 pages – so maybe that has something to do with the binding being flimsy.

    By Winsor
      January 18, 2009 – 8:06 pm   Permalink
  159. I wanted to create a book with all of my photos. I used Blurb and was really pleased the the finished product. I payed extra for premium paper, and the quality was superb. From ordering to being delivered to the UK took just over a week. Excellent service. x

      January 19, 2009 – 2:34 pm   Permalink
  160. Is this Premium paper comparable to the standard paper used in Aperture’s/Apple’s photo books? I’ve made several books in that.

    Any idea if Blurb will offer premium paper in books that have more than 160 pages?

    By Cardopski
      January 19, 2009 – 9:16 pm   Permalink
  161. Maybe Blurb can answer a few questions since they do not send paper samples of Standard or Premium.

    What MAJOR paper companies offer a sheet like your premium sheet?
    Mohawk? Sappi? Neena? Wasau? Weyerhaeuser? Potlatch? Others….and then give us some names of the sheets…I’m assuming you are running digital and not offset and all major companies offer a digital sheet. What digital presses are you using? This can’t be privileged information. There are not that many brands of digital presses out there.

    Just saying “Premium is like sheets offered in fine photo books in major bookstores…” is a pretty lame excuse for a book publishing company that postures itself as a professional designer resource in it’s marketing messaging.

    While most of your clients are not real designers (I mean have a degree in design, not “I have photoshop and a camera, I use blurb so I am a designer”), who know nothing of paper, there are a select few that would like to know what their money is buying, and can understand standard paper talk—or maybe you all don’t know your own paper stock.

    By Cardopski
      January 19, 2009 – 9:36 pm   Permalink
  162. Is it possible to print on translucent paper? Opacity could be nice for photographs or just an opaque paper in front of it (like some wedding album). Hope one day we can choose the type and the weight of paper for printing. Also I would love to see printing with metallic, and raised printing (i.e. Logo) would be great too.

    By bill lee
      January 21, 2009 – 11:07 pm   Permalink
  163. BILL LEE, first you have to understand digital printing, which, I believe Blurb uses instead of true offset printing—which is more expensive but allows you the freedom to do things like using metallic inks or raised inks (I think you mean thermographic printing—which is done on cheap business cards). If you’re talking about embossing, debossing or foil stamping, all of that is done inline and not on a printing press.

    Until true offset printing and some of the finishing effects you are asking for are dirt cheap, we won’t see them. UNLESS, someone at Blurb can confirm that they are using offset printing—I doubt it seriously at these prices.

    You’re asking for the type and weight of printing is more likely a possibility than any post printing finishing effects.

    But I love that you’re dreaming!

    By CL
      January 22, 2009 – 5:55 pm   Permalink
  164. Hi,
    I have just printed my first book! I would just like to say I love blurb. I cannot wait for my book to arrive.
    I think that Blurb should start offering some new kinds of paper?! (other than premium paper).

    Thanks Blurb

    By Livvy123
      January 28, 2009 – 1:16 pm   Permalink
  165. Anyone from Blurb able to comment on when it might be that we will be able to order books with the premium paper with more than 160 pages? Hopefully soon!

      January 28, 2009 – 1:38 pm   Permalink
  166. Hi everyone at blurb!

    I was just wondering when/if the number of pages available on the premium paper will be going higher than 160? I have just made a book which is just under 200 pages and would really like to print it on premium paper, do you thin this will be possible soon? Thanks Nia

    P.S oops just noticed the post above, oh well at least Im not the only one wondering this

    By Nia
      February 5, 2009 – 5:09 am   Permalink
  167. To CL, thanks for your valuable information. If the information was available on Blurb I would not be asking them here. I was hoping anyone from Blurb would answer me on my questions.
    Good that you share your insight in terms of my dream. You never know what will or will not happen though. Without a dream there is no possibility. It is probably too expensive to do what I want now but with the way technology is going I believe there is a chance it will change.
    I hope you understand not because of my limited knowledge about printing that something is not likely to happen. It is the DREAM I share with Blurb that maybe one day they will offer those printing options and become the best printing company in the world.

      February 7, 2009 – 4:18 am   Permalink
  168. Can you send samples?

      February 9, 2009 – 5:39 pm   Permalink
  169. Any more info on when the premium paper will be available on books over 160 pages?

    By Darlene
      February 13, 2009 – 11:13 am   Permalink
  170. I have a 390 page book which I’m holding off printing until premimum paper is available. Can you please confirm when it will be orderable?

    Thx, Chris

    By Chris Cuthbert
      February 13, 2009 – 6:33 pm   Permalink
  171. As you mentioned premium paper will be available on books over 160 pages sometime very soon but no specific dates to share.

    Do you have any idea when because the book I created have about 184 pages and I really want to have the book done with premium papers.

    Please advise.

    By Mary Stewart
      February 14, 2009 – 5:31 pm   Permalink
  172. Hello. I read that you will be offering the Premium paper on book over 160 pages. Please let me know if that is possible. I have 2 books for a client. They are 226 pages. I would love to order in Premium paper since these are wedding books, and the client doesn’t want to any other album but this book.
    Please let me know as soon as possible.
    Thank you.

      February 14, 2009 – 7:06 pm   Permalink
  173. good morning I’m trying to order a 28 pages book. I would like to order it with premium paper.but I don’t find it in the order.can you please let me know if it is not possible to order a premium paper for a book more than 160 pages.if it is not possible to order a book with more than 160 pages with premium paper can you please let me know if in the future you forsee to give this possibility to your customers?

    By eminad
      February 16, 2009 – 3:27 am   Permalink
  174. sorry I’m trying to order a 280 pages book no 28 pages book. tks

    By eminad
      February 16, 2009 – 3:28 am   Permalink
  175. Hi everyone -
    No set date yet on when premium paper books can be done with more then 160 pgs – we’ll definitely announce it here on the blog when it does happen. Thanks!

      February 18, 2009 – 3:12 pm   Permalink
  176. Sorry if my request is double. I noticed this trhead only now…
    I tryed the Premium paper on my first book (×160 ).
    The photos are wery good, but the white texts on black background are not white, but YELLOW. The same pages with normal paper are perfect: texts white and bakcground black.
    Thanks for the help.

    By Raffaella
      February 23, 2009 – 3:26 am   Permalink
  177. Natalie
    do you have any idea when it does happen? Like in a month or later this year?

    By Mary
      February 23, 2009 – 11:52 am   Permalink
  178. Hi Mary -
    No new updates on when it will happen, but I’ll keep you all posted when I get word.

      February 23, 2009 – 2:33 pm   Permalink
  179. Thanks Natalie.

    By Mary
      February 23, 2009 – 4:42 pm   Permalink
  180. Still no news on the addition of pages for premium paper?

    Nia x

    By Nia
      August 3, 2009 – 3:54 pm   Permalink
  181. I am also very anxious to find out when premium paper up to 200 pages may be available. I have prepared my book, but don’t want to submit until the large page count can be accommodated.

    By James
      August 31, 2009 – 4:00 pm   Permalink
  182. Another Blurb member here who is really excited about premium paper for books larger than 160 pages! Like James who posted in August, I have books on hold. Any update you can share? When can we get this option for big books? Thank you!

    By B.
      November 1, 2009 – 11:48 am   Permalink
  183. Also wondering when the premium paper will be available for books larger than 160 pages. They are really keeping us hanging here arent they! Just want to know if this is supposed to happen any time soon, or if I should forget about it. Thanks!

    By LK
      January 4, 2010 – 7:51 pm   Permalink
  184. just reading back to october of 2008 where Mike said that premium paper would be available for more than 160 pages soon and it wouldnt be Years. Well, i guess it’s only been a year and a half. Just wondering if this option is available yet, and if not when you think it might be. I’m about to print a book and don’t want to find out it is next week or something.

    By marla Finnegan
      May 2, 2010 – 11:52 pm   Permalink
  185. Good question, Marla. We are still working on this. We will let you know when this happens, but in the meantime, feel free to print your book now.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      May 3, 2010 – 1:31 pm   Permalink
  186. Kathy or Mike is there any time frame you can divulge on when premium paper will be available for books over 160 pages?

    Is there any chance it will be this year?



    By Ante
      September 8, 2010 – 2:41 am   Permalink
  187. Hi Ante,
    There’s nothing on the schedule at the moment but it’s on our radar. We will keep you posted.

      September 8, 2010 – 11:08 am   Permalink
  188. i have a few book ideas id like to use blurb for. ive used blurb recently to print a very small run to see the quality etc, but to seriously use blurb for larger runs I’d happily wait for a recycled paper option, and hopefully greener inks. i think premium paper is a great idea but recycled paper is an even better one!

    By valerie
      December 5, 2010 – 8:16 am   Permalink
  189. Valerie,
    Thanks for your feedback. I’ll pass it on to the team. Recycled paper is something we’ve researched. We’re all in favor of it but finding the quality that best supports stellar image reproduction is a challenge. The same goes for greener inks. We haven’t given up though. As always, any and all feedback you have is great.

      December 6, 2010 – 6:55 am   Permalink

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