Lulu or Blurb, what's best for book with both text and pictures?
June 9, 2009 3:52 PM   Subscribe

I have put together a book using some old notes that a relative left for me over the years that I scanned as jpegs. In some of them the handwriting is bad so I need to put a translation, and some of them need an explanation to set the scene. I've decided to self-publish them. Blurb is very intuitive but lacks the sales options that Lulu offers. Whereas, Lulu makes it very difficult for what I'm looking to do because it's sort of a hybrid book. Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.
posted by adfeb to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Shutterfly photobooks? They're a nice quality (I used one to make my wedding album) and they allow all sorts of text - part of a page of text, a full page of text, columns, with or without photos, etc. I found the online album maker very easy to use too.
posted by geeky at 4:53 PM on June 9, 2009

I've had good results with Lulu. Not sure what you mean by "hybrid book", but if you mean mix of images and text, that's not a problem, since anything that you can put in a PDF can be printed...

Having done plenty of self-publishing, I'm happy to answer specific questions if you want to email me at
posted by glider at 5:06 PM on June 9, 2009

I don't think you need to include the originals.

Include the translation and notes and publish from a text file. Just cite the originals and then maybe throw them on Flickr.
posted by Toekneesan at 6:08 PM on June 9, 2009

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