Whether you're an instructor leading a photography course or a student putting together a portfolio, Blurb is a great way to get things into print. Below are some tips for the smoothest possible experience.
Leave enough time
We can't stress this enough: leave more time than you think you'll need. (If only we'd all followed that advice in college...)
It will take more time than you think for you to design your book. Also, it takes us about 4-5 business days to print, trim and bind books... and shipping time is on top of that. You'll see an estimated delivery date at checkout and can also use our shipping calculator for an estimate on shipping times and costs.
If you'd like to make revisions after receiving your book leave time for that, too.
And hey, sometimes things go wrong: an order might need to be reprinted last minute, or a shipment might be delayed due to weather conditions. So leave as much extra time as possible just in case.
Making your first book
Whatever your assignment might be--a portfolio, a book of portraits or a book of poetry--we have some useful tips for your first book. We recommend that all instructors have their students review that information before beginning their book as it could save students some troubles further down the book-making road.
And if you're a student reading this: follow those tips! You don't want to open your printed Blurb book the day before it's due only to discover you placed things too close to the edge or used images that were too dark (or too blurry) to print well.
Found a mistake?
After uploading and ordering it, you might realize you need to change something. If you've just placed the order, keep in mind that you've got a three-hour window to cancel the order yourself. You can then upload and order a corrected version. But you have to cancel it yourself. We can't do that for you so please don't email us asking to cancel your order. You can do it yourself, and you can only cancel within three hours of placing the order. Beyond that it's impossible to cancel orders.
If you've already received your book and want to make a correction, you can open the book in the design tool you used to make the book then edit it, and upload/order the new version. Again, it's best to leave extra time to allow for this. We can't rush orders through production--not even for an extra fee.
If you're the class instructor, think about how your students will order. Will they be placing and paying for orders themselves? Will the school order their books for them? If so, will the school order them all at once or one by one? (Ordering them all at once will help you save on shipping costs).
And if the school is placing the order you'll need to have the students share a link to the book with you (so you/the school can order a copy) or have them upload it to one central account. (In that case they'll need to use the same username and password and make sure they don't upload more than one version, which can be trickier to manage).
Blurb accepts payment at checkout, via credit card or Paypal. We don't accept purchase orders, invoices, or checks.
Leave enough time. Seriously.
This bears repeating: leave enough time to create your book and have it printed and shipped, including, if possible, the off chance it might need to be reprinted due to a defect or damage. (Defects and damage are relatively rare, but leave as much time as you can, just in case).
Remember, books typically take 4-5 business days to print, and shipping time is on top of that. We're not able to rush orders through production. No matter how compelling a story or how dire your circumstances may be (we don't want to see you fail a class either!) we can't rush orders. It just takes time to print, bind, trim and ship a custom-made book.
If you're an instructor leading a course with the final project being a Blurb-printed book, please get in touch about a possible educational discount. Be sure to contact us from your school/university email address (or provide other proof of instructor status) and let us know when the class will run, how many students you expect to have, how many books they'll each make during the course, and the format (Trade, Photo book, or Magazine) they'll order. We'll then see what type of discount may be available.
If you're a student making a book for a school or university course please let your instructor know about the information above--they can contact us directly about possible discounts for the entire class.
If your instructor gave you a Blurb discount code: those codes are created just for you/your class, and shouldn't be shared with anyone else. Sharing the code might mean that the code reaches its maximum number of uses before you or a classmate have the chance to use it.
If you're a student looking for a one-off discount available right now the best thing to do is check the top of our site. Most marketing promotions are posted there when available. Also sign up for our newsletters or check our social media pages below for current promo codes. If you don't see an offer in any of those locations it means we don't have any current promotions. Note that our codes/discounts can't be combined with each other.