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Hit the Books: Making Art with Dan Milnor
07 Jun 2018

Hit the Books: Making Art with Dan Milnor

Some people wonder why we need art. But we’re not sure there needs to be a reason. We asked photographer Dan Milnor, why do people create? Can you create for creation’s sake alone? And if so, where does self-publishing fit in? 01 First off, what is art? This is such a wonderful but dangerous question. I can feel people beginning to get worked up, but...

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A Brief Guide to Printing Offset
07 Jun 2018

A Brief Guide to Printing Offset

Blurb’s Large Order Services team gets lots of questions from authors and businesses wondering if offset book printing is right for their project. Every case is different, but here are some things to consider when deciding if it’s right for your book. While the bulk of Blurb’s books are printed digitally, when your volume gets higher, offset might be the right choice. Digital books are an efficient way to print as few...

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3 Reasons to Print on Demand
05 Jun 2018

3 Reasons to Print on Demand

Print on demand is an exciting way to produce books and is relatively new—only about 15 years old. It has revolutionized book creation and the publishing market, from family books to work by creative pros, to mainline publishers and academics. With sophisticated digital printers, books no longer need an elaborate setup on traditional printers with plates and large runs. Color, sharpness, resolution, consistency—these have all...

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10 Ideas for Creating a Unique and Meaningful Family Book
04 Jun 2018

10 Ideas for Creating a Unique and Meaningful Family Book

As long as we’ve been taking pictures, we’ve been using them to tell our family stories. You remember those albums at your grandmother’s house? The ones piled under the coffee table with snapshots placed under plastic film on pages? Sometimes the photos didn’t even make it under the film, and to open the book was to get a lap full of loose photos. You could...

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How to Write a Non-Fiction Book
01 Jun 2018

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book

You know you have a book in you, but maybe you’re struggling with knowing how to start or how to get it done—maybe this is your first time writing anything other than a term paper, and you feel really in the dark about the whole process. Writing a non-fiction book can be tough; finishing it, even tougher. Let’s assume you already know your general topic...

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The Peculiar World of Color
31 May 2018

The Peculiar World of Color

When you think of color, you probably think of something like this: A digital-color picker, as obscene and overwhelming as an all-you-can-eat buffet. As with all readily available commodities, nowadays colors are easy to take for granted. But this wasn’t always the case. Before the 20th Century, color was anything but accessible. To anyone. Color accessibility (and even ocular perception) is directly related to a geographical...

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