New BookSmart is out! Get a new book size and better image controls.

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BookSmart has a new spring in its step, just in time for the fall. This new release offers a ton of updates and new features.

A new front door for Booksmart®

We want you to feel right at home when you open BookSmart, so we’ve redesigned the welcome screen to help you feel, well, a little more welcome. We’ve added a few things like thumbnails of the books you’ve created as well as links to bookmaking tips and tricks.

New Black and White book size

There’s a new member of the Blurb book family too. By popular demand, we now offer a new book size for the wordsmiths among you. The Black and White Text Trade book at 6×9 inches (15 x23 cm) format is the U.S. industry standard size commonly used for novels and text-heavy books. It’s available in all three cover types – ImageWrap, Hardcover with Dust Jacket, and Softcover. (You’ll also find it as an Adobe® InDesign® template in the PDF to Book wordflow.)

Image control

• With a single click, resize your low resolution photos to ensure top quality
• A right click now lets you align all the images in your book
• Enter the values for your zoom to control image zooming

As always, we recommend you back up any books you have in the works before you download the new version 2.9. Here’s how.

Download the latest version of BookSmart,
check out its new features, and let us know what you think.

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  1. I would LOVE to see a soft cover book with end flaps like hard covers have. I didn’t know I wanted that until I bought Self Publishing for dummies and that book was like that. Also with a FULL Color over 55,500 word coffee table type quality book in the works with over 500 full color photos -it’d be nice to get out for less than $100 each wholesale. I don’t really want to have to go to a publisher just to make the book affordable for others.

    By Kim Maxwell
      September 24, 2010 – 1:07 pm   Permalink
  2. I am in the process of creating a book and am very close to printing. I am really enjoying the process. Although, while looking for a perfect color background for a page, a “color picker” would be very useful.
    Thank you.

    By Patti Clodfelter
      September 27, 2010 – 8:16 am   Permalink
  3. Kim,
    All good ideas. Thank you! We’re continually coming up with improvements and hopefully in the future we’ll be able to make both of those thing a reality. Keep the suggestions and feedback coming.

      September 27, 2010 – 10:36 am   Permalink
  4. have you considered offering calendars and/or diaries

    By peter robinson
      October 2, 2010 – 2:21 pm   Permalink
  5. Hi Peter,
    We do have templates for calendars and diaries in our QuickStart books. Check there and if you have questions, contact our Customer Support and they can help you out.

      October 4, 2010 – 12:26 pm   Permalink
  6. It would be great to have some color correction tools for the images… is this possible in booksmart?

    By raeshem
      October 9, 2010 – 1:42 pm   Permalink
  7. Hi,
    Here’s a link where you’ll find more info on BookSmart and image color. You can also find out more about getting great color at image capture in our recent color management webinars. They’re located on our Tips and Tutorials page. Right now there are no color correction tools per se but we’re always working to improve BookSmart so perhaps in the future.

      October 10, 2010 – 5:29 pm   Permalink
  8. How about support for pulling photos off of PicasaWeb (Google)? I do get surprised how many tools don’t support Picasa considering they have one of the more open APIs out there.

    By Joe Shelby
      October 27, 2010 – 1:35 pm   Permalink
  9. [oops. meant that for the Bookify page, not this one.]

    By Joe Shelby
      October 27, 2010 – 1:36 pm   Permalink
  10. Hi Joe,
    Got your follow-up comment and know you meant this comment for the Bookify blog post. We’re working on integrating more image “slurping” capabilities so hang tight.

      October 27, 2010 – 2:47 pm   Permalink
  11. Hi. At the beginning of the year, I receives an email from Blurb’s Eileen Gittins mentioing the addition of cover options – fabric, leather, etc. Do you have an ETA for this? It seems that many of the other book publishing sites offer such options. I’d rather use Blurb – the software is far superior! Thanks,

      March 17, 2011 – 4:55 am   Permalink
  12. Hi Lauren,
    So glad you’re happy with Blurb bookmaking tools. While we can’t give you a precise ETA, stay tuned because we’ve got a few new custom options coming your way soon.

      March 17, 2011 – 11:56 am   Permalink

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