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BusinessWeek recently wrote an article about top design-strategy firms utilizing books to sell their design to clients. We were super excited to see that they featured our friends at PSFK and their book PSFK SNAPSHOT which features inspiring images from our home, the San Francisco bay area. The book is fantastic and we loved seeing our friends featured in BusinessWeek.

Here at the Blurberati, we’ve always believed in the power of books and the way they can work for you, so we’re jazzed to see great companies and publications seeing the same thing. After all, books weren’t made for bookshelves, they were made to be shared.

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  1. have noticed with the premium paper that things look as if they are printing darker? Is this true? Should I begin lightening the photos for my books ?

      December 6, 2008 – 9:31 am   Permalink
  2. I haven’t used the premium paper but have found the same thing with the standard paper. Over half a dozen or so Blurb books my photos invariably print darker. Is there any way for Blurb to prevent this happening?

    By Gillian Crow
      December 8, 2008 – 4:53 am   Permalink
  3. I just received 7 books, (my first) and they are absolutely bEautiful!…However, there was a large gummed UPC sticker on the back cover, over a very important picture and when I removed it, it left lots of gummy residue. Tried to remove the residue with benzine and cotton swab, but to nO avail. Completely ruined a $40 book!!!! Has anyone had this experience and before I try to ruin my remaining 6 books, have any advice on getting that D—mded thing off?

    By Gary
      December 8, 2008 – 5:43 pm   Permalink

      December 9, 2008 – 9:49 am   Permalink
  5. Gary,
    I noticed that, too. I even used nail polish remover to get the stickey residue off the back of the books, but that didn’t help. Since each book comes wrapped in a see-thru wrapper, why don’t they just put the stickers on there I wonder.


    By Coralynn
      December 10, 2008 – 8:31 am   Permalink
  6. to get the sticky residue off the back of my books, this worked pretty well.
    small amount of peanut butter on dry paper towel rubbed into residue to loosen it. then take small dot of grease releasing dish liquid on damp paper towel and wipe to remove peanut butter and dry . hope this works for you

    By Dale
      December 10, 2008 – 2:50 pm   Permalink
  7. I just let it sit for a while then used warm water and a soft sponge.

    By boobalini
      December 11, 2008 – 4:18 am   Permalink
  8. What a shame about your book, Gary.

    Look for a product called Goo Gone. It’s found in hardware stores or in arts/crafts stores. Removes sticky stuff without harm.

      December 11, 2008 – 5:17 am   Permalink
  9. Befor you remove the sticker, heat it up using a hair dryer. The glue becomes soft when heated. When you feel it is hot enough just peel off the sticker. Most of the time, all the glue stays on the lable.

    By Cleve Friedman
      December 11, 2008 – 1:29 pm   Permalink
  10. I’m really surprised and worried about this as I just submitted another two new books. I wonder why they would be doing this?

    By brent
      December 11, 2008 – 4:19 pm   Permalink
  11. Mayonaise. I know, sounds cracked, but mayo take tree sap off on everything, bumper stickers off cars, dried jam off counters, and blurb stickers off books. Peel the sticker without ripping your cover, don’t worry about paper bit and torn label staying stuck on book. Use a very little bit of mayo to start, making tiny circles with a papertowel; let it sit for a while if need be. It’s creepy, but cool how effective it is. Nervous? try it on a book you don’t care about. Golden!

    By Moira
      December 12, 2008 – 9:34 am   Permalink
  12. About the stickers. Just received a new shipment of books and they had the (small) stickers on them and they came right off nice and clean like they should. Thanks Blurb. (It was the larger stickers which left the goop!)

      December 19, 2008 – 5:42 am   Permalink
  13. I, too, understand that things can go haywire for retailers at this time of year. However, seems like there should be some safeguard in place to ward off the disaster of not being able to meet promised deadlines. I can imagine it’s very frustrating for all of you Maybe us authors could be more sympathetic if we knew WHY or WHEN. As far as customer service/relations go, I believe you are missing the boat by not having a real live person available with whom we could communicate. Right now, I feel like I’m caught in the middle of internet-fraud-hell. Yes, the Blurbite on the other end of the phone would have to listen to a lot of whining, but at the very least I think a little venting time is owed us.

    Re. Josh’s comment re. the holidays not being about getting a gift on the 24th or 25th….yeah, that’s true. If only the world had the Christmas “spirit” all year long. I love the idea of giving a gift whenever for no reason and not under the pressure of “The Season”. However, the gifts some of us have created via Blurb are very personal and it would be a special moment of sharing during our family get-togethers. Blurb has been promoting giving THEIR books as holiday gifts. In my case, my book was inspired by my brother and his journey thru his health crisis. This will be his last Christmas on earth. As our family gathers around him with his kids and grandkids (this Sunday!), the presentation of this book was to be a significant time of sharing for all. Somehow, I don’t think a “holiday IOU” will have the same impact. I met the stated deadline and even factored in extra time for good measure. Now, I hve to go to Plan B….whatever that is! And, to add one more negative, without the books to present in person, packing, mailing and postage become a burden and an extra cost….after the fact

    All that said, I’m trying to go with the flow & accept what I can’t change. After all your work is ove, I wish you all a Joyous Holiday and a better 2009 with more efficient service for all.

    By Marilyn Garry
      December 19, 2008 – 11:47 am   Permalink
  14. I have had the same problem with the new small stickers. It may have something to do with temp, so I will take the advice to try warming it up first. Goo Gone does work too, just make sure to use enough and wipe it to the edges so it doesn’t leave a visible spot. Then you have to let it dry. Probably anything oily will work similarly (thus the peanut butter and mayo) but you have to remove the oil too. Nail polish remover seems to do something to the paper stock and leaves streaks.

    Is anyone having problems with the FINAL TRIM being really off? I’ve had repeated issues and they are great at reprinting them but I’ve had to return some a few times. I would hate to think that a customer might buy my books through the store and get a really bad one.

    By Bonnie
      December 19, 2008 – 6:15 pm   Permalink
  15. I had trouble pulling the stickers off the back of my new image wrap book. There is a small dent in the book where the sticker used to be. Blurb just started doing this. Why?

    By Jackie Peace
      December 21, 2008 – 8:22 pm   Permalink
  16. To follow up on my last post, I received my latest order of books today. They are the first hardbound versions I’ve gotten and they are gorgeous. The sepia one is a bit dark, but that must be from my photo editing. And the cropping on both are great. The trim issues I’ve had are with the softbound books, although I don’t know why one would be less quality.

    Also, they have the new stickers on the back, but I let the books warm up to room temp before pulling them off and it worked great.

    Thanks for getting these to me in good time too.

      December 23, 2008 – 2:28 pm   Permalink
  17. I too would like a live contact person. I ordered a proof book and loved it. I re-ordered 11 more books and when I received them 2 pages’ text had been moved. I do not know how it could have happened but it cost me $478 worth of books that were not only gifts that were undeliverable but now are just waste. I did receive an email but a voice sure would have been much better.

    By Donna White
      January 4, 2009 – 3:38 pm   Permalink
  18. SAME DAMN STICKER PROBLEM HERE, I wrote to customer service and was told to use a solvent. This is ridiculous. So, are we supposed to send each buyer of our book a bottle of lacquer thinner, gasoline, goo gone, peanut butter, mayonnaise or some other thing and instruct them how to carefully clean off the stupid sticker?! This is a great service, too good for issues like this. Blurb, get it together!! I’m wary about sending the books directly to my clients due to this. The cost of printing is too expensive to put up with this kind of thing. PLEASE, PLEASE, WE BEG YOU, FIX IT.

    By Joe ARTIST
      January 23, 2009 – 4:03 pm   Permalink
  19. I have been using blurb for over 2 years. I have published 7 photo books and the last two, Christmas gift – 13 copies all had the dark pictures, This was never a problem before. Why are the pictures coming out dark when they are clear and bright on the computer. This is a shame. Blurb we love you but please fix this problem.

    By Michelleq
      January 30, 2009 – 7:58 pm   Permalink
  20. I have 12 books and all are photo essay style books. I have noticed this shift to darker printing as well. My books from a year ago were pretty much WYSIWYG. Now, its a crapshoot but everything tends to be darker. While I don’t mind the saturation in color, you certainly tend to lose highlights in some shots. Is there a Blurb person who can respond to this? Has some overall change in printing or machine setup caused this?

    By Tim
      February 9, 2009 – 3:47 pm   Permalink
  21. I haven’t had any color or print quality issues. The colors on my latest book (received monday) are vivid and as bright as in the software. I have ordered several books from the bookstore and have also self designed books that came out great. I think the writers above should read the forums and contact blurb to find out if different printers were used between prints.

      March 12, 2009 – 7:48 pm   Permalink
  22. The stickers peel easily if warmed up first. Try a hair dryer, or just breath out slowly directly on the sticker for a few seconds, then peel carefully from a corner.

    If the sticker delaminates or leaves any adhesive on the cover, use rubbing alcohol on a cloth or paper towel or cotton swab to remove it quickly and easily. If no rubbing alcohol on hand, try vodka or other distilled spirits.

    By Nick
      March 31, 2009 – 3:56 pm   Permalink
  23. Hello,
    I made my first book not to long ago, quality was good but dark. The cover was too burned, the insides I could live with. I put my books to be made with premium paper, maybe this fix it a little, not sure. I guess it’s on their pressed. TONE IT DOWN! lol

    Other than than, I’m happy. Delivery was fast.

      April 11, 2009 – 7:47 pm   Permalink

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