You have to love it when a trusted and reliable company throws a complete spanner in the works for the sake of progress. For the past week or so I have been trying to publish my latest year book imaginatively named 2015 with Blurb. I use their Booksmart software to create the book but for reasons best known to itself the software just wouldn’t upload the book to Blurb. Eventually after trying everything else I decided to delete the software and reinstall. This is a pain but it was the last thing I could do (Blurb have still not answered my question to their support system so goodness only knows what they might have suggested if I had rung them).
I logged onto the Blurb site and clicked on the download software button without giving it much thought. Instead of downloading the Booksmart software instead I downloaded the new Bookwright software instead.
It wasn’t un til I was waiting for the software to install that I noticed the different logo. “Oh”, I thought, “they’ve changed the logo.” Oh they’ve changed the logo alright and the software as well. According to Blurb “…BookWright is built with the latest technology, it runs smoother and faster, and incorporates new features that are not available in BookSmart. We encourage you to try out BookWright because it will meet the needs of most book-makers….” I am sure it is unless you have used Booksmart then it really isn’t. I am not alone in this as I found out when I searched Google.
Anyway to cut a very long a frustrating saga short I eventually found the download page for Booksmart through a Google search rather than on the Blurb website, installed it and was able to upload the yearbook which you can see by clicking on the link below.
What is really worrying is that Blurb really does think that Bookwright is the way forward and I suspect that if you are coming at this a new it is. However, if you are used to using Booksmart, and clearly I am not alone in this view, then it is a backward step. How long Blurb are going to pander to us is another matter – perhaps they might take the hint and make Bookwright much easier to use for all us dedicated users of their service – I don’t hold out too much hope!