Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Print your own books

We recently used Blurb to print a book of short stories dreamed up by Grandson. It works well and if it's the kind of thing you are looking for, then it may be worth a try.

The first thing to do is download the free Blurb software. This allows you to design your book within a range of templates which may be different for each page. The system seems to be aimed mainly at illustrated books, or annotated books of photographs, although it could be used for text only. The software is easy to use and very intuitive.

Once you have your book designed in the software, you upload it and pay for however many copies you decide to order. The price you pay depends on factors such as book size, hard/softback, paper quality, number of pages etc, but it is all transparent.

The main attraction for us was the free software which allows us to get a feel for the final product before we had committed to anything. What was the final book like? Very good indeed - indistinguishable in quality from commercially produced books.


Mark Wadsworth said...

Deos it come out as paperback? Stapled, string bound or just glued?

A K Haart said...

Mark - you have a choice of paperback or hardback. We chose hardback which is glued, but there were only 20 pages anyway.

Woodsy42 said...

Sounds good - now all I need is the skill and imaginaton to create the content! This could create a bit of a hurdle.

A K Haart said...

Woodsy - surely not! What about some tales of motorhome exploits?