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How do I insert a page break?

How do i insert a page break?

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This is reason enough for me now to use Blurb. If I have to re-format my book that I've spent ages doing on Word, then this is ridiculous.

iameddie 0 votes
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Lost me too, blurb. Without something so downright basic in book creation (or any simple multi page document), your BookWright is totally BookWrong. What a klutz. Pity I invested so much time and effort importing all my text and photos, only to find that the easy part - retaining or recreating the formatting - does not even pass elementary grade status.

Software this disappointing should carry a WARNING . . . this is my attempt to redress your oversight. If you think I'm over the top, well, I guess my first impressions were so positive that it makes my subsequent disappointment and incredulity so profound.

By the way, 0 out of 10 for not monitoring or bothering to reply to the several threads now highlighting this inadequacy and the dozens of people left dangling with no solution.

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Sorry to double up posts. Just went off to check what other software solutions you have instead of BookWrong - and ran smack into the blurb from Blurb that says this product is your latest and greatest. Sure, it doesn't claim to replace the others, but there is a clear inference this is your latest and best offering. To be fair, this is a great solution for photo albums . . . but . . . forget it for books that contain large chunks of text, chapters, or heaven forbid, a Table of Contents with listed page numbers to make use of the page numbering tool.

The mind reels at how impossible it is to capture or rebuild the dynamic Table of Contents I imported into your software - but even a hand cranked manual one I was forced to build is useless when pages dance around beyond control.

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8 months ago I last logged on to work on my project. The lack of page break option and problems formatting already tediously formatted Word entries meant that i needed a break. I had been assured that the boffins at Blurb were aware of the issue and would deal with it.

I come back on tonight to find the original thread not dealt with, and the same problem exists. I'm going elsewhere and am unlikely to be back.

Poor form, and such a shame because I'm certain the finished product would have looked great ... if I'd ever been able to get there. Has anyone got any other blog to book publishing options they'd recommend?

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Wow! I have solved the problem of page breaks !!!!!!! Well, not really. In fact, not at all. If you check the dates. you'll see it has taken me a month !!!!

And I have spent that month digitally snipping all my text to fit my Blurb BookWright layouts of text and pics. One month for a 160page large landscape book. I'll never do it again and it worries me that in that month I have received 3 (I think) app updates (1 of which crashed, so I did a complete manual re-download) - but obviously, no-one on the development side monitors this forum or contributes any help or support.

My only remaining question is this - "Why develop and push a s/w product that is 95% great in 95% of functions - but fails in the most basic functions - which may only be 5%, but is driving your customers away in droves - then do nothing about it?"

Nah . . . don't tell me. Let me guess . . . The answer is there will never be an answer!   SHEEEESH!

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Hi beauvafr. It seems that the one Blurb activity that does still address this much needed feature - and one we were assured would be fixed - is the alert email sent to subscribers on this topic when each new user is stumped by this non-feature. Developers from blurb are notable for their total absence and failure to even monitor user feed back. I also would be interested if anyone cares to share a better book creation solution.

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I did not realize there were two softwares:  BookSmart and BookWright... I have been using BookSmart with this question of page breaks, and then when i found that BookWright was the latest I am happily downloading and installing updates, only to come back here to tell you all to try BookWright and now I see that that is what you are already using which does not work.  I am SO BUMMED.  Should I just keep using BookSmart??  So next question, please post here if you find bookmaking software that is better.  Thank you.

Kim_S 0 votes
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Sorry for another entry in one day, but maybe this will help someone:

you should use BookSmart if you want:
            Planner or notebook formats
            To import blog content or a Word document
            To import from online sources like Flickr or Smugmug
            Page ornaments
            Decorative/patterned backgrounds
            Borders around images
https://blurb.zendesk.com/entries/35064310-What-s-the-difference-between-BookWright-and-BookSmart-      posted a year ago on April 25, 2014

Here is to submit a request to Blurb and get a reply:  https://blurb.zendesk.com/requests/new

Maybe the forums are really meant for us to help each other out... maybe Blurb doesn't get involved until there are many people taking the time to ask this same question.  Or maybe they don't get involved if they don't have this fixed yet.  Hopefully they'll let us know when they add the Page Break feature.  Not good, I know... I believe they should communicate better.

Kim_S 0 votes
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Actually there's a really simple solution to this.... Use CreateSpace. I wasted my time with Blurb (as you guys have) only to find out it was completely useless for a book. With CreateSpace you just upload a pdf and that gets printed off as a book. No stupid software, no mods needed to your text. Just uplaod the pdf and that's it. They do make the initial sign up a little confusing which is why I first dropped CreateSpace to look at blurb, but it's only confusing as it's trying to get you to use their coverpage services and so on. Just ignore all that and sign up normally and upload your book. Print costs  are around $4 for a 280page book, plus postage. 

Note, createspace is more for books. If you have lots of pictures blurb may still be better, but for text, createspace TOTALLY trumps. It is also owned by Amazon, and it links with Amazon to sell it, as well as distribution though Lightning Source or Ingram whichever it is to get you books in all bookstores (though hardly worthwhile as you get almost no commision from it)

I encourage you all to do this, and if the mods delete this message, then we know they're reading these comments yet doing absolutely nothing about it. 

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Thanks heaps iameddie.

While I have been at pains NOT to trash Blurb's products, I have now wasted many months trying to force this otherwise excellent Blurb BookWise product to accommodate my pre-formatted text and pics. Alas, whether pre-embedded via MS Word, OpenOffice or PDF, my  pre-formatted pages and most basically but importantly, page breaks either are ignored, lost but cannot be re-instated in BookWright. What a boner! So basic . . . but so vital!

Thanks to all contributors, but bouquets to iameddie who points to a viable, economic and user-friendly alternative to Blurb. The fact is that these posts inevitably track a shift of business away from Blurb - unchallenged, uncommented and uncaring - and this speaks volumes for the aura of out-of-touch arrogance that has seen this topic languish for many months with no vestige of response from Blurb developers, principals - or indeed. anyone other than anxious end-users.

"How To Kill A Product 101" . . .  an interesting, but confusing, case study in mis-managenent!

No iameddie . . . the mods won't kill these posts because no-one listens . . . no-one helps . . . . no-one cares!

It's the new paradigm in Blurb marketing.

 

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Sorry for the follow-up post . . . but forgot my sign-off request.

Wuld someone from Blurb please turn out the lights!

Thank you and goodbye!

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Really? It is so simple once you know the trick. Let's take Word as an example. There are several ways to get a new page, such as insert a page break with Ctrl+Enter (Cmd+Enter on Mac), or by inserting a section break-next page. One Word method that does not work in BookWright is "page break before" on the paragraph setting. Too bad, but no biggie, once you know about it.

So just put page breaks in where ever you need a new page. Save, and then Save As an RTF file. (Close that RTF file then, 'cause you don't want to edit that by mistake instead of your .docx) That's what BookWright wants, RTF. Choose Add Text File in BookWright. BTW, if that file is already in BookWright you MUST click it and then delete it with the Delete key before you add it again! (Otherwise you keep using the old version. Another little trick). Now that the RTF file is listed, drag it and drop it onto your page, choosing a layout when it prompts you for one.

Every page break that you put into your Word document will start a new page in BookWright. What's the issue? Am I missing something? Sorry if I am.

Tom Berryhill 0 votes
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Here are Blurb's instructions for BookWright page breaks from their BookWright PDF manual.

Not the best possible solution, but here it is...

 

http://downloads.blurb.com/sites/default/files/uploaded_files/ReflowableEbookGuide.pdf

 

BookWright Reflowable Ebook Guide (PDF) page 11

 

Page breaks

In general  e-reader apps do a good job of breaking content into pages when a person reads your

ebook. Remember that the visual end-of-pages in BookWright do not translate to page breaks in

your ebook. However, it’s still possible to start content on a new “page” in the ebook by using these

strategies.

• Insert page breaks in Word before saving and importing your RTF file.

Tip: from the Word menu choose:

Insert > Break > Page Break

• Add newlines or press the Enter key multiple times after the text content in the end of a

   Flowing Text Container to push text to the next page.

   Tip: Don’t worry, the extra newlines won’t show up in your ebook

• Place a single image on a BookWright page before any Text Flows

• Start a new Text Flow (this also creates a new chapter)

• Resize a Flowing Text Container (this moves text to the next page)

   Tip: Whenever you resize a Flowing Text Container be sure content isn’t

   cut off at the end of the Text  Flow

 

Creating a Table of Contents in front matter

If you want to make your own Table of Contents page in the front matter, do so by using the

Hyperlink tool, linking to the appropriate pages in BookWright. Even though the page numbers won’t

matter in the ebook, clicking the links will still send the reader to the correct spot in your ebook.

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Here are Blurb's instructions for BookWright page breaks from their BookWright PDF manual.

Not the best possible solution, but here it is...

 

http://downloads.blurb.com/sites/default/files/uploaded_files/ReflowableEbookGuide.pdf

 

BookWright Reflowable Ebook Guide (PDF) page 11

 

Page breaks

In general  e-reader apps do a good job of breaking content into pages when a person reads your

ebook. Remember that the visual end-of-pages in BookWright do not translate to page breaks in

your ebook. However, it’s still possible to start content on a new “page” in the ebook by using these

strategies.

• Insert page breaks in Word before saving and importing your RTF file.

Tip: from the Word menu choose:

Insert > Break > Page Break

• Add newlines or press the Enter key multiple times after the text content in the end of a

   Flowing Text Container to push text to the next page.

   Tip: Don’t worry, the extra newlines won’t show up in your ebook

• Place a single image on a BookWright page before any Text Flows

• Start a new Text Flow (this also creates a new chapter)

• Resize a Flowing Text Container (this moves text to the next page)

   Tip: Whenever you resize a Flowing Text Container be sure content isn’t

   cut off at the end of the Text  Flow

 

Creating a Table of Contents in front matter

If you want to make your own Table of Contents page in the front matter, do so by using the

Hyperlink tool, linking to the appropriate pages in BookWright. Even though the page numbers won’t

matter in the ebook, clicking the links will still send the reader to the correct spot in your ebook.

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