New Higher-Quality End Sheets Coming Soon

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As Eileen more than hinted in her January blog post, lots is happening this year at Blurb. Two weeks ago, we released Blurb BookSmart 3.0 with built-in Change Book Size and a Two-Page Photo spread layout.

And coming April 13, new end sheets.

Yay! New end sheets – wait, what the heck is an end sheet? An end sheet is the paper that’s glued to your hardcover book’s front and back inside covers, and also becomes the book’s first and last unprinted pages. It’s also commonly referred to as a flyleaf.

Right now, Blurb end sheets in hardcover books are white, but as of April 13, 2011 they’ll be a beautiful mid-grey, in a higher-quality paper that’s 30% thicker. We chose mid-grey because it complements a range of book types, from black-and-white to color photography books to illustrated books. Here’s what they look like:

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What does this mean to you? A few things:
• You’ll now be getting a substantially better end sheet on all your hardcover books at no additional cost.
• You have until April 11, 2011 to order new or existing books with our current white end sheets. After April 13, these white end sheets will be discontinued across our global print network and no longer available.
• If you have a large book order coming up and you’ve done a proof book, and you want white sheets, please order before April 11. Otherwise your books will have the great-looking, thicker, mid-grey end sheets.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our support reps. They’re available for chat Monday through Friday during business hours. Or email us for a quick response 24/7.

We know you’ll like these end sheets as much as we do. And because it’s only March, more announcements to come, so watch this space!

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39 Comments

  1. HI,
    I want to order a new book tomorrow. Can I also have the new end sheets? I don’t like the white ones ;)
    thx for a quick answer

    By Marion
      March 30, 2011 – 10:44 am   Permalink
  2. Hi Marion,
    We’re excited about the new mid-grey end sheets, and glad you are too. Wish we could get them to you sooner, but we’re all set to put them into production April 13. If you have more questions, please feel free to check in with our terrific Customer Support team.
    Thanks,
    Lauren

      March 31, 2011 – 10:37 am   Permalink
  3. Darn…I have a coupon that expires April 4 (I think), but I’d really like the thicker end sheets….anyway to get my expiration date extended?

    By Laura
      March 31, 2011 – 10:48 am   Permalink
  4. Hi Laura,
    This sounds like a great question for our Customer Support team – please check in with them on Blurb.com to find the answer to your question.
    Thanks,
    Lauren

      March 31, 2011 – 11:31 am   Permalink
  5. Hello,

    I have a question about that coupon. I tried to use it, but the website says “this promotion has expired”… What to do now?

    By Hanna
      April 1, 2011 – 4:19 am   Permalink
  6. I am ready to publish and purchase my books today but when I enter the promo code for the 20% off it tells me that my promo code has expired and I just received it this morning. It’s supposed to run thru April 4th, please help me understand why I am not able to use it today!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Marina
      April 1, 2011 – 5:53 am   Permalink
  7. I love, love, love your books I make with our vacation pictures. I plan to convert all our old family pictures, black and whites and color, to Blurb photo books. I have several more vacations to make books from also. Such a great idea and better than scrapbooking . Thanks for such good quality publishing and creative ideas. Like any coupon codes you give, also.

    By SHARON
      April 1, 2011 – 8:54 am   Permalink
  8. Hi Marina and Hanna,
    We humbly apologize for the trouble you had with this offer. The glitch has been corrected, so please go back and enter the promo code to get 20% off your books, as promised.
    Thanks,
    Lauren

      April 1, 2011 – 10:30 am   Permalink
  9. i am living in Greece. Can you ship the books in Athens, Greece and what the cost will be. I am planning to order 50 books. Also how long this will take from the moment that i will prepare my book..?
    Thanks and Regards

    By Anastasios Diavatis
      April 1, 2011 – 1:01 pm   Permalink
  10. Hi Anastasios,
    Glad to hear you’re making your book with Blurb, and yes, we do ship to Greece, so order away. As for shipping times, please see our Shipping Information page, and you can also check in with Customer Support for any other questions you have – they’re here to help.
    Cheers,
    Lauren

      April 1, 2011 – 2:31 pm   Permalink
  11. If I have read it correctly, does this mean that the end cover will be one piece of paper covering both left & right hand side at the front & rear? I ask because my only dissappoinrtment with my hardcover Blurb books has been the end covers. Everyone has the holes & stitching exposed in varying degrees. My last book, ‘Sydney Tattoo & Body Art Expo 2011′ was the worst so much so that on opening the front cover it would not lay flat on the desk without adding more stress to the end covers & possibly the stitching.. Blurb has offered me a reprint after seeing my attached photos but at the same time I begged them to communicate this problem through to the head of the bookbinding company. What is the point of me getting a reprint if the same design fault might be present in the new book. What will my next step be if that is the case?
    Thanks for lending me your ears
    Peter Bertelle

    Chat Session [Incident: 110325-000234]

    By Peter Bertelle
      April 1, 2011 – 2:39 pm   Permalink
  12. What a terrible idea. I’m really against this. Why grey? Why thicker? Why compulsory? Why why why? What’s wrong with whit? what’s wrong with giving us a choice of colours?

    If it ain’t broke… Don’t fix it.

    By Daniel
      April 1, 2011 – 2:41 pm   Permalink
  13. I am living in brunei. want to print some book. but Brunei is not in the mailing list. Please advise. thanks.

    By Alice
      April 1, 2011 – 6:26 pm   Permalink
  14. I really want WHITE end sheets… A real upgrade would be if one could choose the color of the end sheets…
    Thomas

      April 2, 2011 – 12:30 am   Permalink
  15. It says 20% off for a order of 2 books. so if i make two photo books (different ones, and one of each), would this qualify? Thx!

    By michael lin
      April 2, 2011 – 2:54 am   Permalink
  16. Hi there,
    I was wondering why Blurb does not offer Matt covers for softcover books. I do not like glossy cover and that mit be a deciding factor for how many books I can do with you.

    By Manu
      April 2, 2011 – 6:21 am   Permalink
  17. can i order with an order two different books using the promo code to get 20% off? If yes, can you say how to making?

    By Candido
      April 2, 2011 – 7:26 am   Permalink
  18. Please can someone help me get my book published

    By Bill Burns-Begg
      April 2, 2011 – 8:32 am   Permalink
  19. Hi Alice,
    Currently we’re not shipping to Brunei but we’re always looking at how we can expand our shipping list. Please stay tuned. We will post news of additions to the list as soon as we have them.
    best,
    Eileen

      April 2, 2011 – 9:09 am   Permalink
  20. Hi Bill,
    Not really sure what your question is but if you have a technical concern, our Customer Support team is really great at getting back to people quickly. Contact them via email or live chat. Here’s a link to the page where you can do that.
    Best,
    Eileen

      April 2, 2011 – 9:12 am   Permalink
  21. Hi Candido,
    Yes, you can order two different books with the code. There is no restriction on the number of books, type of books, or titles of books to take advantage of the offer. An order just needs to contain a minimum of two books and the discount caps at a maximum for all currencies.
    Best,
    Eileen

      April 2, 2011 – 9:46 am   Permalink
  22. Hi Michael,
    Yes, you can order two different books and take advantage of the offer. No problem. The order just have to have a minimum of two books and stick to the discount maximum caps for all currencies (you’ll find those in the fine print).
    Best,
    Eileen

      April 2, 2011 – 9:48 am   Permalink
  23. Hi Thomas,
    Sorry to hear you’re unhappy with our upcoming end sheet change. We understand that grey end sheets might not be the ultimate choice for everyone, but we want you to know that this upgrade has been months in the making and not without considerable thought at every level. Many Blurb bookmakers have been asking for a higher quality end sheet with more opacity, a bit of color, and a thicker more professional paper that decreases shadows when glued to the inside covers. Thicker is the operative word here as it does make the difference and create a more uniform surface. As for the color, we encourage you to check it out for yourself by ordering or attending a Blurb event. This paper is simply better quality than the one we are currently using.

    But we want you to have choices. Lots of them. Stay tuned for new quality options, including color and paper choices across all of our books products. Eileen hinted at these new choices back in January and we’re happy to say you’ll see them very soon.

    Keep the feedback coming. It really is crucial to our decision-making and we appreciate all of it – good or bad.

    Best,
    Eileen H.

      April 2, 2011 – 9:55 am   Permalink
  24. Hi Daniel,
    We understand that a choice of colors is a great thing and soon, very soon, we’ll be announcing some great new quality options – papers, colors, more. Just want to let you know that our decision to change end sheets with made with considerable thought and it was based on customers’ desire for an end sheet with greater opacity and a little color to reduce “shadows” when glued to the inside cover. In order to provide that, we went with a thicker, higher quality paper. The grey is subtle, really beautiful, and we invite you to check it out at a Blurb event or by ordering a book to see it for yourself.

    Again, more changes and more choice are coming soon. Please keep the feedback coming. We do listen and want to know what you like and don’t like – always.

    Thanks,
    Eileen H.

      April 2, 2011 – 10:01 am   Permalink
  25. Hi Manu,
    Thanks for your comment. Our softcover books have an overlaminated cover to increase their durability and we won’t offer matte covers until we can be sure it can offer the same durability. That said, there are more cover options coming soon. We’ll announce it on the blog so stay tuned.
    Best,
    Eileen

      April 2, 2011 – 10:05 am   Permalink
  26. I am just about done creating my first book on your site and have several questions:

    How long will the book be stored for reordering?

    I’d love to see how my book would work in a larger format. Am I correct in assuming that each page has to laid out again if it is poured over into a different format – like from portrait to square? I also don’t want to mess up what I have.

    If I download the new system onto my computer, can it exist next to the old one or does the old one have to be removed?

    G

    By Gerlinde
      April 3, 2011 – 5:36 am   Permalink
  27. I sent 2 orders (No. 1588559 and 1588570) of 3 books each, the first order has been accepted as the promotional discount on the second order was refused.
    Why?
    Thanks
    Duilio

    By Duilio
      April 4, 2011 – 1:26 am   Permalink
  28. I am also creating a set of photoalbums and would like them all to look the same, with white end sheets rather than switching to grey so please do give customers the option of colours.

    thanks
    Nick

    By Nick
      April 4, 2011 – 9:04 am   Permalink
  29. Nick,
    We hear you on that and are working on a line of new options of all sorts. Stay tuned.
    best,
    Eileen H.

      April 4, 2011 – 9:37 am   Permalink
  30. Hi Isabella,
    The offer is for one-time use so it works for one order of two books or more (see maximum order cap in fine print). Sorry if you misunderstood this.
    Best,
    Eileen H.

      April 4, 2011 – 9:46 am   Permalink
  31. Hi G,
    You can find all sorts of good info and answers to your questions in our FAQs and on our Forums. So never hesitate to check there or contact our Customer Support for help. In regard to your question about how long we archive books, you’ll find the answer here.

    Here’s a link that will provide information on your question about changing book sizes. And to your third question about BookSmart 3.0, yes, downloading the new version will override the old version but never fear. The system automatically carries over past and current projects. To be extra safe, be sure to back up projects as you would with any important document. Again, to be extra safe, you might want to do this before you download BookSmart 3.0. Here’s a link that will provide more info.

    Best,
    Eileen H.

      April 4, 2011 – 10:04 am   Permalink
  32. I’m planning on making some photo books soon. I’m delighted with the new gray endsheets. They are such a neutral backdrop. Perfect.

    By Julie York
      April 6, 2011 – 12:52 am   Permalink
  33. Why do I have to pay sales tax on book orders that are ordered from out of state. I am going to sell the book, I will charge the buyer sales tax as required but feel that this is not correct, as this is double sales tax.

    By Carson Camp
      April 6, 2011 – 4:55 pm   Permalink
  34. Hi — just ordered and cancelled my new book. After I placed the order my confirmation email told me about the new end sheets available April 13th. Might be a good idea to let people thinking of ordering over the next few days that this is available before they place their order, so they have the choice. Some might need the book now, but others may choose to wait until the new end sheets are available. I have already ordered another book with the old end sheets and am looking forward to the new thicker end sheets. I love the book!

      April 9, 2011 – 9:38 am   Permalink
  35. Hi Lee,
    The easiest way to keep up to date on our offers is to be opted in to our email list. We send out offers from time to time.
    best,
    Eileen H.

      April 9, 2011 – 10:51 am   Permalink
  36. I live in Almaty Kazachstan. You can make shipping to Kazachstan? It will be very good!!!!!

    By olga
      April 10, 2011 – 6:28 am   Permalink
  37. Hi Olga,
    We’re always looking to expand our shipping network and when we do, we’ll be sure to put news of it on the Blurberati Blog and in our emails. Make sure you’ve opted in to our emails and newsletters so you can get the latest developments.
    Thanks,
    Eileen H.

      April 11, 2011 – 1:46 pm   Permalink
  38. hello everyone thank you for your website i am very happy with previous order and hope to be same with present order many thanks elizabeth hamilton

    By elizabeth hamilton
      April 12, 2011 – 11:46 pm   Permalink
  39. The new end pages are NICE! Superb quality! I’m so glad that I waited to order.

    Thanks again! :)

      April 21, 2011 – 1:14 pm   Permalink

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