9 x 12 and 8.5 x 11 (portrait orientation) please! These are standard sizes, and the fact that there are 12 x 12 and 11 x 13 options available, it's evident that Blurb has the ability to make 11- and 12-inch spines. This limitation is the one barrier to me trying this service. Until at least one of these sizes is available, I will not be publishing my photo book on Blurb.
New Book Sizes
Once again, I would like to suggest that Blurb add one or two additional format sizes: 9 x 12 (my preference) and 10 x 10", which others have also requested. These would be idea sizes for children's books, and would, I believe, prove extremely popular. The 12 x 12 and 11 x 13" sizes are not only larger than the average children's book, but very expensive. 9 x 12" is also a standard photo size.
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Although I would love to see additional sizes for books, the ones I've suggested, the lack of them has not been, and won't be, a deterrent for me, as I have been using Blurb software for many years now, and am happy to see the many improvements in BookWright, which I now use exclusively. The biggest problem with larger sizes is pricing, especially for "children's" books. It's hard for a $40 book to compete with a mass-market book that sells for $15. I have always opted for the quality of the "photo" book over the trade books for my own illustrated books, but still use the standard papers to try and reduce the cost.
How do the papers used in mass market children's books compare with the highest quality papers used for Blurb's trade books, I wonder? Anyone?
Yes, I totally agree. 9 X 12 or 10 X 12 are my preferences. Why is such a limited choices of sizes?
I would also like to see a 9x12 book with a soft cover option. I don't know what the limitations of book making are but a 12x18 soft cover option would also be useful.
I'm not a professional photographer, but one of the issues with digital images is there are no shoe boxes full of your parents images you find after they are gone. Case in point - I just came across a digital camera and multiple SD cards that belonged to my Dad. There were hundreds of images that I'm sure there were some people that would like to see these. Online galleries are nice to a certain extent but who's going to maintain that once the owner is gone? I uploaded them to a print service to have 4x6s or 5x7s printed.
I would like to have photo books that are essentially my "shoe boxes". Also, you get to curate what goes in the shoe box instead of printing the "whole roll" so to speak.
Everyone seems to want different sizes, and I think Blurb offers some custom printing, but again, cost becomes a factor ---especially for the larger size books. The 12 x 12 and 11 x 14 sizes would be nice for the kind of albums droesler is thinking about --- they are pricey, but if you were only printing a few copies, and creating an heirloom kind of book for family, it would be worth it. 12 x 18 would be even more expensive. There are a lot of different sizes for children's books, and they are mostly not "standard" sizes. There doesn't really seem to be a single standard size for children's books.