Yesterday I had lunch and a print review with my friend Alex. Good stuff, as always.
Of particular interest was Alex’s copy of a book he’d done using Blurb’s new/upcoming B3 service. The book was really impressive – monochrome images that were VERY neutral, unlike every other monochrome POD book I’ve seen.
The key is that for books done using the B3 service, Blurb is using a color managed workflow. You can download an ICC profile to soft proof the images, and that’s what you’ll get. The only defect Alex mentioned is that although all the pages are done using a color managed printer, the cover is not (at least, not yet).
Anyway, I was impressed mightily, not only by Alex’s great photos but also by the really high quality of the Blurb book – printing, binding, and so on.
It turns out the B3 service is currently a ‘by invitation only’ thing. I’ve gone to blurb.com and applied. If they accept my gracious petition, I’ll be making a larger format (13″ x 11″) copy of my SoFoBoMo book.