Introducing the New 5×8 B/W Text!

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5x8 Introducing the New 5x8 B/W Text!

We’re bouncing off the walls with news about our new 5×8 book – B/W Text! Some of you may have noticed the new book with the new BookSmart™ release, but for those of you that didn’t, here’s the down-low on the 5×8.

5×8 B/W Text sports full-color covers in our standard formats: ImageWrap, Hardcover with Dust Jackets, and Softcover. The interior pages print up to 440 pages in B/W on 60# (90gsm) off-white text paper. If you’re looking to get your next great novel into print, this book size was made for you.

Our new text importer – specific to 5/8 B/W Text only – works with .doc files, grabbing all of your text formatting (font, size, italics, etc) and importing it as is into BookSmart. Paragraphs (breaks and justification), page breaks, and section breaks (odd, even, next, continuous) are all preserved and get imported as well. If you set up your files correctly in advance, you can get a pretty good idea of how long your book will be when you import your text into BookSmart. You can also add your images/charts/graphs/maps in BookSmart as you would a standard book.

We have a lot of new FAQs to help you import your text files, so just enter “textimport” into our FAQ search engine, and get started!

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  1. you guys are amazing!!! i heart blurb! what another super book idea !

    By leah
      October 28, 2008 – 1:03 pm   Permalink
  2. Can I print a 5×8″ book in 4color?

    By sara
      October 28, 2008 – 7:42 pm   Permalink
  3. I just learned of this site from someone who has put together a book through you. I’ve been browsing through your books and they all look lovely. I look forward to creating and perhaps purchasing some books through BlurbSmart.

    Thank you

      October 28, 2008 – 8:00 pm   Permalink
  4. Perfect size. Can’t wait to try it out.

    By Paco
      October 28, 2008 – 11:50 pm   Permalink
  5. Does this support b&w images too? that would be incredible.

    By Brian
      October 29, 2008 – 12:25 pm   Permalink
  6. Hi everyone! The new 5×8 covers are full color like our image books, however the interior paper is text paper, which only supports B/W.

      October 29, 2008 – 3:37 pm   Permalink
  7. (repeat of Brian’s question) The interior is text paper, but it is not clear to me whether we can or not insert illustrations/images? Even a very limited number would do the trick for me!

    By Dimitri
      October 31, 2008 – 1:27 pm   Permalink
  8. There are templates for images in there so despite the fact that it’s branded as a black and white book , you are allowed to put b/w images in there.

    By Bert
      October 31, 2008 – 6:38 pm   Permalink
  9. Bert. Thanks for the info. I’ve downloaded the new version of the app and noticed you can indeed insert images. That’s great!

    By Dimitri
      November 2, 2008 – 6:27 pm   Permalink
  10. The whole ‘feel’ of the B&W images and text exactly captures the rather faded but contrasty atmosphere I’ve been looking for in my project and I’m delighted by the results. Just the right size too. Thanks all you guys at Blurb. (I just can’t get over seeing the book in print without all the hassle of agents or publishers!)

    By Pitruzzo
      April 21, 2009 – 10:38 am   Permalink
  11. Have just published a black and white book mainly text – with some black and white photos included. I’ve no arguments with the text or the cover but the images are very black – does anyone know what I need to do to them to correct them. Most of them I made black and white in photoshop first. Any suggestions welcome!

    By amcee
      July 26, 2009 – 6:10 pm   Permalink

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