In response to the "Strong Color" post featuring Rodger Kingston's book Looking for Edward Hopper, Chester Williams wrote:
Rodger, how has the Blurb experience been for you? Was the printing and color reproduction to your satisfaction? I was very impressed with your images.
Here's Rodger's answer:
Chester, this is my third book with Blurb. I've been very happy with them and, equally importantly, no one who has bought one of my books has ever had a single complaint about production quality. I'm always careful to upload high quality JPEGs, and have never had any issues with color balance or image density.
I have always used their original book design program, BookSmart, which I've found to be quite workable. I'm very careful and go over the manuscript with a fine-toothed comb, and it still takes me two or three proof copies before I get it exactly right. Blurb also has a newer program, BookWright, that I haven't tried yet.
There is only one problem, one that comes at the very end, called Payment: Blurb books are expensive. This book, on premium paper, cost me nearly $100; that's why I've issued it signed and limited and bundled it with an original signed print. After all, who would buy a book like this by itself for $125 or more?
However, the bottom line is that I don't know of anyone out there making Print-On-Demand books as well as Blurb does. They are a top-notch, professional printing house.
I hope this answers your questions. And thanks for the compliment about my images.
(Thanks to Chester and Rodger)
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