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Old 11-14-2008, 08:51 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by Michael Rowley View Post
Blurb (it's a company) claims to print from high-quality files, including Mac-produced or Windows-produced files.
High-quality files? Of course. That doesn’t necessarily define the result, however.

I have mixed feelings about this sort of print-on-demand enterprise, especially when high quality is important. It isn’t obvious what technology is used, but it seems unlikely it is offset printing. How durable are their inks? How true to color? There seems to be no mention of color proofs, and what you order, you keep (no refunds; returns only for production defects).

Then there is the cost: $30 for a 200-page 7X7-inch paperback ($27 if you order more than 10 at once) is high. The stock is 80# matte coated, which should be fine, but I would want a sample before running the job. (The premium paper is 100# silk finish; yuck.)

This is probably a good choice if you want a book of pictures commemorating a wedding, reunion, etc. — where the run will be too short for conventional printing and the requirements are personal, not commercial.

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