Blurb has made a great change to their e-book feature. In the past e-books had to be a one to one copy of the print versions. I had problems with that because there was no good solution for double page pictures. In the print version I prefer to leave some extra space in the middle to avoid that a part of the picture gets lost in the center. In the old ebook version that extra space would show up as doubled picture areas.
Now Blurb has an online ebook editor that allows you to convert your print book version online into an ebook. You can re-align images,edit text and adjust text boxes to your ebook format. That allowed me to get perfect double page pictures in the forest diary
This is the original “paper back print version”. In the printed book there is no duplication of the center area because of the center fold that eats up some of the image in the center. Unfortunately the book preview of the print version still looks like that, which might be irritating.
This is how I aligned the images for the ebook version with the online ebook editor. I find this new possibility great because I can get a “perfect” reproduction, a real facsimile look of the original sketchbook. The ebook in addition can be offered cheaper than a printed version can ever get. It is not only the price of paper and print, there are also no shipping costs.
At present Blurb allows only a limited page count for preview. Some authors think that their book sales will suffer if visitors are able to see the entire book on the computer screen. Having the content compiled and with some extra text in hand as a book makes a difference. Why do people buy a blog book? There are famous examples like the “Satorialist” by blogger Scott Schuman or the WeiWei blog book.
Anyway for those who prefer to see pictures books on a computer or the Ipad now there is an Ebook version of the forest diary available.