Post # 1
I’m thinking of creating a photo book with large, blank margins to use as a guest book. Guests would sign in the margin. I’ve heard great things about the production and quality of Blurb books, but I’m worried about ink smearing. Blurb uses "80# (135 gsm) coated, matte paper, perfect for photography." I’m not sure if the coating will cause ink smears, or not.
What do you think? Do you have any experience with Blurb books? What about another vendor?
Post # 3
I have gotten two blurb books, both with the standard paper. I don’t think this paper is anything a nice, fine-tipped sharpie couldn’t handle. And the paper is thick enough where it wouldn’t leak through to the other side. I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
have you tried emailing their customer service?
Post # 4
@jyam: I did just find a link to ask customer service questions such as this. Thanks for the suggestions.
Post # 5
We did that for our guestbook, but I made mine through another site (very similar to blurb… can’t remember the name, sorry!) Anyway – we had both fine-tipped sharpies and normal sizes available for guests to sign – I’ve only seen one smear in the whole book, which was the result of a 5 year old getting ahold of the sharpie to sign her name 🙂 No biggie though, I’d definitely suggest going this route – we now keep the book on our coffee table so our guests can look at it when they visit!
Post # 6
I met with a photographer yesterday who showed us side by side comparisons of her photos printed by Blurb and then by My Publisher, and the blurb books were noticably grainy with poorer color representation. I’d highly recommend My Publisher, based on what I saw.
Post # 7
We made photobooks with mypublisher and shutterfly and loved them. The quality of both are awesome and the photos look great in the books. The differences between the two: Mypublisher-awesome padded leather covers but choices of layouts and backgrounds are limited. Shutterfly-Tons of layouts and background options and nice suede or satin covers in different colors but no padded covers. The prices are roughly the same, shutterfly has lots of sales and discounts and the quality is awesome. We also made mini photobooks for the wedding party afterwards from shutterfly. Either one of these would probably work, just use nice sharpie pens and you should be good to go.