Tried it Tuesday ~ Publishing with Blurb


I am very happy to link up with Holly at Tried It Tuesday this week because I have recently tried something pretty cool (if I do say so myself).

What I have tried is using the online book publisher, Blurb.

You may have seen that I recently finished a big project of mine which was making a book out of an idea I had to get my students energized for our big state test.  I used Blurb to make this book.

First, I enjoyed the ability to download their program "Book Smart" onto my computer and manipulate & edit to my heart's content.   



Then, once my book was done, I could preview it and ensure that none of my content would be cut off.  Of course, my book was "done" and "previewed" about a 1000 times before I was ready to order!  


Finally, when I was ready to order, all I had to do was click "order book" and since I already had an account from downloading their program, it uploaded automatically to their website.  Once there, you can not only order copies in softcover or hardcover with color or black and white pages and/or in pdf or e-book format (I love all the choices and possibilities!), but set up to sell it on Blurb too!  What I especially love about this is the preview feature:

Now maybe some of you know how to do something fancy like this without the help of Blurb, but for someone like me this is awesome!

I found Blurb because my son made a book using this service in his classroom.  Not only did he love making and having his own book, but then grandparents can get their own copy from the site too!  And honestly, the quality of the softcover book is quite nice for a base price of $4.99 for a 20 page black and white 6x9 sized book.  What is a bit pricey is the shipping especially considering the amount of time they take to get the book to you.  But if you order several books - like one for each student in your class, then the shipping is more reasonable.  

All things considered, I am very satisfied with my Blurb experience and am excited about my new book!  You can enter to win a pdf copy of it here:

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5 comments

  1. Very cute! I love this idea! I have used StoryJumper to create books with my class and loved the results. I will definitely have to check out Blurb. Thanks for sharing!
    Jen
    http://endeavorsineducation.blogspot.com/

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  2. How great!! I've never heard of Blurb-thanks for sharing! I love easy and fun stuff!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  3. I can't wait to see a copy of your book! This is SO cool!! One way I prepare my students for the state test is by working on writing constantly and giving time constraints to build stamina so it's not such a shock the day of the test. :)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  4. WHOA! This is super cool! I will definitely be checking Blurb out. It's pretty reasonably priced also!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  5. Very, very cool! I am going to have to look into this. There are so many online publishing websites out there, but this one seems like it's pretty reasonable price-wise. Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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