What's a proof copy? Why (and how) should you order one?

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What's a proof copy?

At Blurb, a proof copy is simply a single copy of your Blurb book. It's standard practice in the printing world to order and review a proof copy before placing a large order. It's also a good idea to order and review a single copy before making the book available for sale, or submitting the book for an important client, event, or class.

How do I order a proof copy?

A proof copy is just a single copy of your book so place the book in your cart and set the quantity to one. Once you receive and review that printed copy you can make changes before ordering additional copies. 

Why is a proof copy important?

This single copy lets you to see how your book looks when printed, bound, and trimmed by Blurb. It's also your chance to catch any typos, too-dark images, content you've placed over our trim guides, or anything else you might have missed while reviewing your book on screen. A proof copy helps you discover things you can only notice in the printed version, like the color or brightness. Blurb doesn't review or edit your content or design in any way so it's up to you to make sure things look right. 

Can Blurb print a partial book?

We can't print individual pages or ship unbound books, and we don't offer free proof copies. Take a look at our pricing page for single-copy pricing.

Leave enough time

Be sure you allow enough time for production and shipping for both your proof and the final copies. Check our shipping estimates using our shipping calculator.

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