Review – Blurb Magazine Print On Demand Service – Updated

I really like magazines, I’m over 30 so I can actually remember when there was no internet and a magazine or video was the only source available for surfing imagery. Now that another mag’ folds every month or so and the internet can provide all the content you could ever consume it seems like there’s less interest in printed magazines than ever before.

UPDATE – Blurb have released some new software which makes it much easier, and cheaper, to make this style of magazine, read about it here: https://learningsurfphotography.com/blurb-bookwright-a-new-way-to-create-your-own-book-or-magazine/

Some of the magazines and books I've picked up recently, clockwise from top left: Switchfoot II, Acid, White Horses, Wavelength, Incredible Waves and Le Boogie

Some of the magazines and books I’ve picked up recently, clockwise from top left: Switchfoot II, Acid, White Horses, Wavelength, Incredible Waves and Le Boogie

I also don’t like sharing a lot of my photo’s on line as they’re sometimes from sensitive locations that I’d prefer to keep under wraps. Printing your photo’s is a fun way to get more out of them without exposing them to the world on line, to many photographers the print is the end result they shoot for, framed and hung on the wall to enjoy.

But for me, even though I don’t really submit photo’s to magazines, this is the format I most often think about when shooting and reviewing my photo’s, it’s how I’ve grown up seeing surf images presented I guess, just like a youngster might imagine shooting in a square aspect ratio à la Instagram.

So what could be better than a magazine of my own? filled with all the images I don’t want to show everyone, but that I don’t have space to frame and stick up all over my house.

Blurb Magazines

I looked around for a little while to see what options there were to get a magazine printed, and there really isn’t much choice for a one off, Blurb seems to be the only major one off print on demand service that offers the magazine format.

A spread from my first Blurb magazine, I ♥ SD.

A spread from my first Blurb magazine, I ♥ SD.

As it’s the only choice in this area I was surprised that I couldn’t find any detailed reviews of the end result, if you search for Blurb books you’ll find quite a lot of results with mixed messages about the quality and service, I’ve personally found the books to be fine for my (non professional) uses and consistent in quality, although I’m in Europe and as far as I know they only have the one printing facility in the Netherlands as opposed to the USA which has several different printing lab’s resulting occasionally in a different quality result from the same original file.

So I’m writing this review in the way that I would have liked to have read it before ordering, if you’re not interested in the ins and outs and just want to see some surfing photo’s and some tips on how to make them work in print then you can skip to the last part of this review, if you’re here looking for information on the service, dig in.

How to produce the magazine

In the past I have used Blurbs intuitive and free Booksmart software to make my books, they include all the templates for their book publishing options within the software and it will run on most any modern PC or Mac, unfortunately they don’t have the option for the magazine output within their own software.

This means you have to use Adobe In Design to create your magazine, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and they make it as easy as possible by providing a template for you with all the relevant markings to make sure you keep your artwork on the page.

The down side is that if you haven’t already got a copy of In Design you’re going to have to fork out a whole lot of cash (or use the month long free trial) just to get started, then you’re going to need to get to know the software a bit in order to get your content into fit shape to print. (UPDATE – Blurb have released some new software which makes it much easier, and cheaper, to make this style of magazine, read about it here.)

Luckily for me my wife uses In Design at work and has had some training in it, so using her as on site support combined with a series of free video tutorials via Adobe TV I managed to work out the basics quickly enough to get the magazine sorted within one weekend.

It’s a very powerful program and I can’t even begin to cover the functionality of it here, but I can offer some quick tips for you if you’re planning on printing a magazine using Blurb.

  • Prepare your photo’s before hand, I just used my standard full-res jpeg export profile in Adobe Lightroom to export them, the two or three pages with some Photoshop work done to them I imported as PSD files to make sure the quality was kept as high as possible.
  • Have the photo’s organised into folders to make it easy to find what you need when you need it, this will save you so much time.
  • Watch a half dozen tutorial videos and follow along at the same time, I have two monitors in my set-up which allowed me to watch and re-watch videos on one whilst simultaneously working on my magazine on the other screen.
  • Use a powerful computer, I’ve got a pretty modern PC with an i7 quad processor and plenty of ram and that did the job really well, it would have been a nightmare on a slower computer.

I wrote the text with a permanent marker and took a photo of it before adding it in Photoshop, I kind of regret it now I've got the magazine, I like the photo more than my crummy writing.

I wrote the text with a permanent marker and took a photo of it before adding it in Photoshop, I kind of regret it now I’ve got the magazine, I like the photo more than my crummy writing.

Naturally I checked out quite a few magazines for inspiration, I found that a lot of them are using white borders around images quite a lot, rather than full bleed style all the way to the edge layouts like the one above.

In Design makes it really straight forward to set these borders up and make sure you get the spacing consistent, so I used these on most pages where I had more than one image, the few occasions I had images directly next to each other didn’t end up looking too nice so I’ll stick with this bordered style in the future I think.

Because the spine size changes depending on how many pages you want (minimum of 20, maximum of 240), you have to first finish all your internal pages before designing the cover, back cover and spine, so when you’re all done you have two files, one is the cover and one is the contents.

Pre Flight

This is a common publishing term (I always think of the Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s cover of Rocket Man whenever I read it) it means what you expect, a final check of all the files to make sure it’s going to turn out how you expect, or as close as you can get it anyway.

I chose a black and white image for the front cover, with space for the title at the top, the double line around it is easy to apply in In Design

I chose a black and white image for the front cover, with space for the title at the top, the double line around it is easy to apply in In Design

On my Windows 8 machine it opens a PDF in the default viewer (some counter intuitive full screen monstrosity with no menu’s anywhere) after clicking in all the corners and eventually working out that you need to right click to see the other files that are open I managed to find the cover PDF and the main content PDF and check them over.

The Print Quality

I’m pretty impressed with the quality of the printing, I had shots from a variety of sources, that all came out OK, with some being better than expected and some a bit worse, but the full double page spreads shot on my latest DSLR, the canon 70D, looked great, so I know that it’s up to the task if the image starts out at a good resolution.

One little detail I noticed is that there is a slightly jagged edge to the top of some of the photo’s, it doesn’t affect all of them so I suspect it’s something I’ve done somehow, it’s really minor and not worth taking a photo of, but if I was selling this magazine I’d want to investigate more to see if it could be fixed easily.

I tried to use a variety of sizes of photo from a variety of sources in this first magazine, here are the sources for the images in my magazine:

  • Panasonic GF1 + kit lens, 12MP M43 sensor
  • Panasonic SD-9 HD 1080p frame grab
  • GoPro Hero 2 720p frame grab
  • GoPro Hero 3 960p frame grab
  • GoPro Hero 3+ 12MP still
  • GoPro Hero 3+ 7MP still from simultaneous 720P & still mode
  • Canon 550D from jpeg
  • Canon 550D from raw
  • Canon 60D from raw
  • Canon 70D from raw

The GoPro Hero 3+ can shoot stills every few seconds whilst it’s recording video, I was very impressed with the quality of the stills that came out of this mode, I printed one on a third of a page and at that size it’s indistinguishable from a shot from my Canon 60D, although the light was perfect for that particular still, in lower light I’m sure it would have struggled.

Shots that were originally captured in jpeg looked noticeably worse quality than shots from the same sensor which had been captured in raw and then converted to jpeg using Lightroom. I thought this might be the case but I didn’t realise how clear the difference would be, if you needed another reason to only shoot in raw then this is it.

If your shots are taken with any half decent still camera of 10MP or more you will have no problems with resolution even on full double page spreads, the cover is a landscape shot cropped into a portrait orientation, the detail still looks great to my eye.

Selling Your Magazine

You can sell your magazine via Blurbs shop if you want to, I chose to keep it private and not let anyone else buy it, so I can’t really comment on this feature, Blurb did recently partner with Amazon to allow Blurb books to be sold via Amazon, but they don’t allow magazines to use this feature yet.

You’re not going to make any real money from this (unless sales are huge, but then you shouldn’t be using a print on demand service like Blurb anyway) but it might get your magazine onto of a few more peoples monitors at least.

Conclusion

I recommend the service for surf photographers who want to print their work in a familiar format to a high quality, I will be making more of these for sure, and although learning the basics of In Design is a hassle for a one off project, now that I know my way around it a bit more I’m a lot more confident I can produce a better printed product next time.

Pro’s

  • Good quality, at least good enough for me, very comparable to an off the shelf magazine, although the paper isn’t as thick as some.
  • Cheap (for a one off, with volume discounts for orders of 20+) – about £13 delivered for my 52 page magazine, and it gets cheaper when you order more.
  • Unique, there’s not much else like it, photo books are great but this is something completely different again.
  • Shipping is pretty quick, I ordered on the 6th of April and it arrived on the 14th with standard shipping, that’s an incredibly quick 6 working days, although they say to expect 7-11 working days so maybe I was lucky

Con’s

  • You need to be able to use Adobe In Design, it’s expensive and not exactly intuitive so factor in the costs in money and time (UPDATE – Blurb have released some new software which makes it much easier, and cheaper, to make this style of magazine, read about it here.)
  • The perfect binding means you lose the centre of any spread, so position your photo’s wisely.
  • They try and get you to buy an e-book version – I don’t understand why you’d pay for an electronic copy of the magazine you just made on your computer, you’ve already got the pdf if you want it, maybe I’m missing something but it sounds like a rip off to me.

One of my favourite long exposure shots loses some impact when you can't see the middle portion

One of my favourite long exposure shots loses some impact when you can’t see the middle portion

I will definitely be making some more, this time around with more text, I did one page with some text in columns to test it out, and one page with captions and they both came out well, I wanted to get this one done quickly so I just stuck with photo’s this time around.

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Comments

  1. Looks good, would love to try but I’m not getting in-design just to do the magazine. The other option is magcloud. Haven’t used them but have just started looking into them.

    1. Thanks Greg,

      I did check out magcloud as an alternative but I saw that they are now part of Blurb so as In Design wasn’t a deal breaker for me and I already have an account I just went with the standard Blurb service.

      Now I’ve looked again they offer different options for the size and binding which is interesting, when I get the chance I’ll try out their service too and do a comparison, the prices for a self created magazine aren’t obvious but I guess they’re similar to Blurb based on the magazines they sell through their shop.

      It does look like you need to produce a PDF anyway but you get a lot more choices for the software you can use, including Word and Photoshop, so I guess if you have one of those packages and you’re familiar with them that would be an easier way to get your magazine sorted, although Blurb do say that any PDF that passes their preflight checks can be uploaded and printed, they only provide the helpful template for In Design.

      I wonder if the same templates that Magcloud provide are compatible with the Blurb service, that’s something I’ll check when I get around to doing a comparison.

      1. Did you get the email from Blurb about their new program “BookWright” Looks they have dropped their prices, I’m downloading now to have a look – advertises as doing magazines!!!

        1. Nice one, I hadn’t got an e-mail about this from Blurb but I’ve just downloaded the software and it looks good, so now everyone can make a magazine using the free software, it looks pretty intuitive form my first little tests with it and I was about to start a second project, so I’ll be using this one and at some point I’ll do a comparison between BookWright and In Design for surf photographers.

          Thanks for letting me know about it Greg.

  2. I just ordered my first magazine – I’ve got pretty high hopes for it, and seeing this post makes me think I should be fairly pleased with the results. Cheers.

    1. Hi Josh,

      I’m sure you’ll be pleased, I’ve had nothing but good feed back from mine and although you don’t get too much flexibility with size and paper stock it compares well to professionally printed magazines.

      Ben.

  3. Very useful to see how you produced your magazine. I’ve created one photobook so far (the cheapest format and paper) and found it OK, but not brilliant. My Blurb experience suggested to me that photos probably benefit from lightening up more than you would normally, and also boosting saturation to look their best on Blurb printed material. However, I’m quite excited by the new (and cheaper) magazine option and it’s great that BookWright can do the job now rather than having to learn indesign. I’ve got a question that you might be able to help with. I’ve just done a trial cover and found that the yellow warning triangle alerted me to the photo I used being too low resolution. This was an image from a 35mm negative scanned at 2500dpi if I remember correctly. I can rescan the image at significantly higher resoltion if necessary, no problem, but wondering what resolutions you used for your full page and double page single photo spreads. Thanks.

    1. Hi Charles,

      Thanks for the comment, I’ve just had a quick play in BookWright with the same files I used for the magazine, the jpeg file I used for my cover image was 7.87MB, dimensions 4491 x 2994.

      After it was cropped to portrait orientation the dimensions are approximately 2270 x 2994.

      I can position it inside BookWright on the cover as I have it and I get no warning, although if I scale it up a little bit more it does give me the warning triangle, so it’s right on the edge of what they consider high enough resolution.

      This scanning resolution calculator should help work out the best resolution and the file size you should expect: http://www.image-access.net/calc/

      When you put 35mm film size source in it suggests 2500 dpi is appropriate for an A4 size print (the blurb magazine is pretty much A4 sized), so it might just be the compression in your file causing issues.

      I’d try it at the same or slightly higher resolution and try and have the scanner save the file in an uncompressed format like Tiff to see if that helps.

      Best of luck with the magazine.

      Ben.

      1. Thanks very much for checking that out Ben, and that scanning resolution calculator is brilliant!. I will probably try scanning at a higher resolution and saving images as TIFFs. I’m glad I found your website. Cheers!

  4. Did they force you to have their logo printed somewhere in or on the magazine, or will the final piece be free of their branding so people won’t know you did it through blurb?

    1. Hi Ben,

      My magazine has no branding on it at all, there’s no way of knowing it came from Blurb, this might have changed with the introduction of the new BookWright software though so I’d check if this is an important factor for you.

      Cheers.

  5. Thanks for the review, I’m going to try using blurb to publish a small motocross magazine to distribute to my local club and this seems like the easiest/cheapest option. Your magazine looks great.

  6. Hi,
    Thanks for the review!
    I´m planning on doing my own magazine for private promotional use and for sale.
    I shoot skateboarding in Oslo.

    Did you use standard or premium paper?
    Have you tried both, and can you see a difference in print quality?

    1. Hi Lars,
      When I made this magazine I didn’t have the option of standard or premium paper, but I’ve done a bit of investigating.

      When I go to Blurb and try to re-order the magazine it only gives one option for paper which is called “gloss”, and it costs £6.19 for 52 pages.

      I set up a new magazine project in BookWright with 52 pages and looked at the pricing, economy paper is £6.19 and premium is £10.39, so I assume that my magazine is printed on what is now known as economy paper.

      As you’ve read above I didn’t have a problem with the quality of the paper I received for my first magazine and I found it comparable to a standard magazine you’d find in the newsagents.

      I haven’t seen the premium paper option but it’s matte rather than gloss and 118gsm vs 89gsm, so I can imagine that it’s similar to some of the higher end magazines you can find.

      I think it would depend on what your end result is going to be, if it’s for hand outs for friends etc. then go economy and you won’t be disappointed, if it’s for something like a portfolio or to accompany a gallery show then the premium will give it a nice professional edge.

      Having looked at a few of the shots on your site I think the premium paper would really work well, especially with the black and white shots, I think the grain in the images and the textures of the city environment lend themselves to a matte finish.

      My surf shots often have reflections and glassy surfaces as you’d expect from shooting water, so the gloss finish works pretty well a lot of the time.

      I’ve found local print shops really helpful in the past when deciding
      what weight of paper to go for for flyers, posters etc. so I’d pop into
      one locally and ask to see a sample of 89gsm gloss paper and 118gsm
      matte paper, if they’re like my local print shop they will have samples
      to hand and you’ll instantly be able to get an idea of what the magazine
      will feel like, you could even get a photo printed on each to see how they compare.

      1. Hi Ben,
        thanks for the long and great reply.

        I´m quite familiar with the different papers, textures and weight as I´ve been art directing for several years. I was mostly looking for insights on the mere print quality of the different papers, both in resolution and color. Now that you say economy show pretty good results, I´ll might print a test issue on both papers to decide.

        1. Hey Lars,

          I have no first hand experience with the premium product but I assumed that the printing process would be the same for the different types of paper, so the big difference would be in the finish and weight rather than the resolution or colours of the print.

          I might be completely wrong though so it’s worth getting a test print of each if you’re going to be selling them.

  7. Do NOT Use Blurb!! Again Do Not Use Blurb!!!!! 3 month fiasco trying to get nationally publicized articles into 1 Premium magazine. Resultant copies were atrocious! Text cutoff, pages cut diagonally from top to bottom. No phone support! No management support. Misleading advertising on website.
    Wont talk to national publication about why Blurb cannot print to industry standards. Resellerratings comments pretty bad. BBB complaints many.
    I am happy for those who had a positive experience but I among some did not!

    1. Hey Dan,

      Thanks for your comment, I haven’t used Blurb since I wrote this review of the magazine service, but I was actually planning on using them again very soon.

      Can you be a bit more specific about the issues you’ve had?

      From your comment I think this is what happened: You have articles which have already been printed in a national publication (not sure what format or which nation, could you let us know what publication this was?) and you created a pdf with these articles in it which previewed as expected, then ordered a magazine through Blurb and it did not match the preview. Is that right?

      Did you create the pdf with Blurbs software?
      If not which software did you use?
      If it was Adobe InDesign like me, did you use the Blurb template file that I used?

      I can’t see how the file could have issues like diagonally cut off pages or text unless there were issues with the pdf file, and if it used the Blurb software or template to create it that seems unlikely.

      I’d love to hear more about your experience before I start my next Blurb project.
      Thanks, Ben.

  8. Thanks for your reply Ben! Fiasco started in August 2015..Now please remember I have NO experience in this attempt at all! So yes I made many mistakes initially.
    I am a semi-pro photographer and Vietnam 2 tour combat veteran 1967-1969. I also do photo work for Arlington National Cemetery, Pentagon, DoArmy and the DoD. A photo that I took of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial’s emblem was photoshop’d into what is now the Pentagon Memorial’s lapel pin.
    1) Published articles were in The AUSA’s “ARMY Magazine”, “STARS and STRIPES”, Pentagon newsletter and the USA Today’s newspaper. I wanted to combine all articles into 1 “Premium Magazine” by Blurb. Blurb was given rave reviews by 2 national photographic publications for their service.
    2) pdf creator was initially with Adobe Acrobat Pro XI. Then I was referred to LucidPress, by the publisher of Army magazine, to allow “collaborators” on the journalistic portion of my article by Army magazine. I am not a journalist by trade. From this format(pdf) my Army magazine article was written.
    3) In August 2015, as stated above, I wanted to combine all the printed articles into 1 “magazine”.
    I contacted Blurb. They said, “No problem!”
    After getting all “document specifications’ for the Premium magazine I formatted LucidPress’s pdf document creator with the page/cover layout specs.
    Blurb’s website states that 20 pages is the minimum. It also states that pages are 8.5×11. It also states it has a Forum Community for help and “Hire An Expert” if you want someone to do it for you. The Forum Community is non-existent. The “Hire An Expert” listed that I contacted did NOT want to get involved unless I let them create the entire magazine regardless that it was a combo of already published articles. You need 24pages. Yet website states 20.
    Using Blurbs pdf uploader, my 1st attempt at uploading was strewn with errors. The “Preflight” errors were font related(not embedded), photo resolution(was not hi res-which they were at 300dpi) and page size problems. Actual page size was to be 8.63×11.25(?). Yet in LucidPress’s document creator that is exactly what the page size was! The pdf file created both by myself and LucidPress showed that the font I used was indeed embedded as shown by the “Font” tab in pdf file.
    So for weeks and a months I request support. There is NO one-on-one support by Blurb. They only are a Tech Advice entity. They offer no “how to correct “preflight” issues. Only refer you to their “specs” page. Next you cannot talk to support. You can only talk to a customer service rep who will not allow phone support at all. Messages left for supervisor access were left unanswered. Their canned answer was “there are no supervisors on the floor.”
    So I changed my font..repeatedly..All fonts failed! Blurb could not tell me what embedded fonts they supported! Again when trying to seek “Community Help” it is non existent.
    Finally 1 Blurb agent did correct the font problem but would not tell me how he did it and it was the exact same font I had been using or rather Army magazine used.!
    When finally most errors were corrected and uploaded, a “Preview”showed that all was ok. I have dozens of screenshots and hundreds of emails to prove it! Yet when asked for support, Blurb gave none.
    Finally, I had one of their “Experts” look at the pdf file. He could not find out why the Preview would show everything was ok yet still getting error messages. The screenshots showed all text within boundries. “Hightail” Blurb’s pdf uplaoder showed all was ok 90% of the time!
    It is now November! I finally used Blurbs pdf uploader(Hightail) and ordered the magazine. When order received pages were cut at different widths from top to bottom. 50% of pages were fine, 50% not. Text was outside the boundries on some pages but fine on others, yet in Preflight and Preview all were shown fine! Yet when previewed in any Adobe Acrobat XI Pro all showed fine! Even Blurb’s Preview!
    I kept being passed off from tech advice agent to another. This taking days weeks until finally one agent recommended using Blurbs “Bookright” instead of pdf upload. That was 2 days ago!
    In between times LucidPress and Army magazine staff repeatedly tried to interact with Blurb management to resolve the conflict. Blurb wouldNOT communicate at all with them. I have email proof to support my accusations.
    Finally yesterday, 11/20 by using the “Bookright” template the final magazine was approved both visually and technically and uploaded for print.
    I was given a full credit by Blurb Customer support. I am now awaiting the 2nd print.
    We will now see! But the “read between the lines” story is what really frustrates novices like myself in accomplishing a project.
    Blurb would NEVER address the conflicts but instead pick out errors and focus on them rather than a solution.
    Hope this helps.

  9. Oh I forgot to add Ben that I did not have access to Adobe InDesign, which I understand is 100% reliable with Blurb but very expensive. For novices like me..if you choose to use Blurb use the “Bookright” template only! Do NOT use pdf uploader. What I did was convert my Adobe pdf’s(covers,pages and newsprint) to jpeg files the “added” photos to Bookright template which yes is very intuitive and manageable and it was very easy but it took me and Blurb 3 months to suggest this alternative to pdf upload.
    But I do suggest checking resellerratings.com first b4 deciding. I am not the only one that had major issues with the company on magazines.

    1. Hey Dan,

      Thanks for taking the time to explain the situation, it sounds like you’ve got there in the end thankfully.

      I think I’ll stick to using the Bookwright software for my next project, and I’ll recommend the same for anyone wanting to create a magazine through Blurb.

      Hopefully you’ll be as happy with the results as I was once you get the final magazine back.
      Cheers.
      Ben.

  10. Yes Ben! Bookwright or In Design ONLY!!!!! All else is worthless. Final print has yet to arrive but Blurb gave it an AOK for print!
    Dan

  11. Looks like response since 2nd printing was deleted.(?) 2nd printing arrived. 1/8″ white border around top and down right side of front cover. Checked Bookwright “Preview” and shows page was well within the “printable area”. Have not heard from Blurb Management on initial problem or this ever! Support tickets on latest problem unresponsive.

    1. I’ve been playing around with Bookwright over the last couple of days, I think I’ll be ordering at least one book and possibly a magazine again soon, so I’ll report back with my experience.

      Creating the whole project from start to finish inside Bookwright or using an InDesign template is the only way to make sure you get perfect results without handing the project over to someone else.

      Luckily either of those tools will do the job for 99% of Blurb customers.

      The other 1% need to either hire someone to do it for them or try and use workarounds to get the results they want, and they’re never going to be fully supported by customer service unfortunately.

  12. It looks like you have some landscape magazines. I’m currently creating a portfolio through blurb on an InDesign plug-in. I only got a portrait option. How did you get yours into landscape?

    1. Hi Eline,

      The magazines in the photo are just examples of my inspiration for creating my own magazine, they weren’t made using In Design or printed with Blurb.

      I’m pretty sure you can only create portrait orientation magazines with Blurb.

  13. hi everyone;

    I created a magazine with bookwright but whene i go to the ordering process on the blurb.com website, they ask for a “.pdf” file, but the magazine is in “.blurb”

    can someone please help me ?

    1. Hi Ryan, I can’t double check right now, but I’m pretty sure you have to upload the magazine through bookwright itself.
      I can’t remember the exact process, but you can upload and order through the software, not the blurb website.

      Let me know if you can’t get it sorted and I’ll do some screenshots for you when I get home tonight.
      Ben.

  14. Great write up and review of Blurb magazine format. It’s something I’d like to try but to be honest the extortionate postage charges put me off. I can print a magazine for £4 but then it costs £9 for postage to the UK.

    1. Thanks Euan,

      The shipping price is pretty high for one off magazines, but once you start ordering decent numbers it’s a much smaller proportion of the cost.

      I paid £13 over 3 years ago for my one off magazine, so they haven’t increased their prices by the sounds of it, and I genuinely think that’s good value for what you get.

      I pay about £14 ($18 US) per issue for The Surfer’s Journal (https://www.surfersjournal.com/), which is the only print magazine I buy, so having someone print and ship a one off magazine featuring my photos for the same price seems like a reasonable deal to me.

      I happened to be looking at my magazine yesterday and it’s stood up well. If I get some spare time I’ll be making another one for sure.

      1. I know what you mean in terms of getting a one off copy of your magazine printed.

        My issue is more if I wanted to sell copies – it’s hard to justify to someone to pay double for postage than the actual magazine costs to buy.

        1. Fair enough, I think that selling directly through Blurb isn’t the right option if you want to sell magazines. You’re better off finding a local printer who can do a batch and work out shipping another way.

          1. Ben,

            Yes I’ve pretty much decided that until Blurb sort out postage charges it’s not a practical solution.

            I’ve found a few other online options that will involve a bit more work putting it together but offer more options when it comes to printing and better value for money, albeit I’ll order 4/5 copies at a time (which i don’t mind doing).

            I’ll see how I get on.

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