Lightroom Classic: Error uploading book to Blurb

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Hi,

I got last night the above message when trying to upload a book to blurb.




I have to say that I am extremely disappointed in LR with all the problems there are right now. I have worked on this picture and book project for more than 2 months and spent some hundred hours and in addition dealing with the other LR problems like the book module messing up problem and also the crashing during sync issue which has not been solved for weeks.



I have ben a super happy LR user since LR 3 and never had any technical issues until this fall. How is it possible that LR has turned from the best software into to the woorst and most unstable?



Is there anyhting to do regarding this book upload error or just to accept that I have wated a lot of time and will not be able to finish this now so close before the finish line? Please not that this is not my first book, I have made many before without having any problems uloading etc.



Anyway if this fails I think I will be out for LR and will go for another software.



Regards,

Tom
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Hi Thomas,

What is the error that you're seeing?
Can you provide Format, Size and Paper type and page count information?

Thanks,
Bhargav
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Thomas Scharrer

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Hi and thanks for your answer.

the error message is exactly as in the title "Error uploading book to blurb" and it appeared after about 2/3 of the upload process being completed.

The format is Large landscape which I have used many times and the paper is Proline Pearl.

Page count 215

Regards,
Thomas


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Hi Thomas,

Thanks for the quick reply.
Is it possible for you to share the catalog[.lrcat] file?
Which we can look into and find the issue.
If possible, Upload it on any drive and share us the link through direct message.
Meanwhile, Please share a screenshot of the error message.

Thanks,
Bhargav
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Hi,

I have in the meantime tried the upload process one more time and it is still ongoing. there is coming from time to time the error message but I tried now in this try just to click try again everythime it comes. it is the same error message as I posted before "Error uploading book to blurb" 

I have in the meantime also been in contact with blurbs support and according to them there are no technical issues from their side with the uploading etc and they also explained me how to export the book as pdf and upload manually, this is my plan B in worst case because thi sis really crucial for me.

Anyway please see below the link to my catalogue and please let me know immediately when you have downloaded it so that I can delete it again!!!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jfstd8qzqjylq7q/Lightroom%20Catalog.lrcat?dl=0


Regards,
Thomas

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Hi, Did you get the file, can I delete it again?
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Hi Thomas, You can delete the file.
We'll investigate it.
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We investigated a little and found that the Cover and Pages are getting rendered and uploaded successfully.
However, Processing at blurb is taking a long time.
We'll continue investigating and get back to you

Thanks,
Bhargav
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Thanks for the information.

Regards,
Thomas
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Hi,

sorry I had to leave now for the office and my iMac with this problem is now at home. 

The error message says just the test I posted.

This evening I can upload the catalogue file to dropbix or so for you but then you have to give me your personal mail address I guess or should I post my catalogue file here?

I am really stressed because of this because I use a lot of time and effort to complete this and really need to send these for printing.

Regards,
Thomas



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Hi Thomas,

Can you try using a title without , and let us know if it got uploaded?

Thanks,
Bhargav
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Hi,

what did you mean by using a title without?

Thomas
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Current title has a comma (,) in it. Can you try uploading without the comma
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Hi,

the title on the book cover doesnt have a comma but the title that was specified in the blurb upload information window has a comma, thats correct. 

I am sorry but as mentioned below I have already uploaded this book to blurb manually with their uploader after I exported it from LR. I really had to finish this project and needed to find a solution. So unfortunately I cannot upload this book again now because it is already uploaded and such an upload thakes many hours to test.

Regards,
Thomas
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I have the same problem but it recurs all the time; I had to upload the PDF directly to Blurb in the end to get around this bug.

Most times in the past week when I try to upload a book to Blurb it never completes; it completes uploading both the cover and the pages but stops at the "Waiting for Blurb Server Processing" step and never completes (I have left it for 8 hours on several occasions). This happens most times I try to upload from LR v7.5 or v8.0, only occasionally does it complete.  This wasn't a problem until recently; I have used the book module very extensively ever since it was introduced and I have never had this problem until the past week.

After discussion with Blurb support I generated a pdf and uploaded that to Blurb directly and bypassed LR. This uploads at twice the speed of LR (probably because it uses a local Blurb server whereas LR uses a US server regardless of location or blurb account location?) and completes immediately so there is no problem with my internet connection or my Blurb account; the problem is in the LR/Blurb communication.

I am running Windows 10 (v10.0.17134); LR Classic CC v8.0 and v7.5 (to avoid 2 other bugs in v8.0); both get the same error. i7-6700K with 16GB RAM, loads of free disk space, 15GB RAW cache, etc so no limitations that should cause problems. I have published around 15 books from LR on Blurb in the past without this problem.

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Hi Alan,

Can you provide the details of the book you're trying to upload along with Title, Author and details.

Thanks,
Bhargav
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Hi Alan,

I could have written your reply text because exactly the same happens to me and I also have been in contact with blurb and uploaded it as pdf manually because it was the only chance.

I also get exactly the same behavior, it uploads the pages but the waiting for burb server processing and I also left it over night to make sure I give it enough time.

The only difference I have is that I have a Mac so it was very good to see that this can also happen on windows which means it’s not a Mac OS problem.

Regards,
Thomas
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Bhargav - apologies, I didn't see your reply earlier.  My Book Collection & Blurb Title both include commas; this Title worked for uploading the pdf to Blurb but in light of your reply to the earlier question I tried uploading to Blurb (from LR v7.5) after removing the comma from both. It worked and the "server processing" was only a minute or two. 

SInce LR generates a pdf in the temp directory without the book name it must be in the Blurb Title that the problem lies, although as I could upload via the Blurb web page to the title with a comma it must be in the LR interface to Blurb.
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I too was able to resolve the issue by removing a comma from the title of my book in the dialog that comes up when sending the book to Blurb via Lightroom (8.1).
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I have exactly the same problem uploading my book to Blurb from Lightroom Classic CC 8.1 on my desk top Mac running mac OS High Sierra. The book partially completes the upload and then stops with the progress bar at approximately 2/3 of the way across, this varies. I've tried several times to resend including leaving it to upload over night. Each time it fails. Occasionally there is a a message telling me that there has been an error uploading. Under the 'Up loading Book to Blurb' progress bar are the words "Uploading Book to Blurb, uploading pages". However hours later there is no further movement on the progress bar. All my  Lightroom CC apps are up to date. I have previously created five books using the Blurb feature in the Lightroom Book module without any problem like this. I am extremely disappointed after so much work creating this latest book. I have been in contact with Blurb who have not acknowledged  any server problems but have suggested I should export the book as a PDF. I was able to do this but I'm concerned that the PDF file sizes are too small to retain the photographic quality that I would expect for the book specifications: Standard Landscape, Hardcover image wrap, Premium Lustre, 291 photographic images on 158 pages. The PDF file size is only 407 MB including the cover. I would far prefer to create and upload my book through Lightroom. Is there any way to make this possible?
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Hi Peter,

Does your book title have any comma?
If so, can you try uploading without the comma.

Thanks,
Bhargav
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Thanks Bhargav. Is it possible that a Christmas related overload is responsible for slowing or stopping uploads to the Blurb server ?
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Hi,

its not a blur related overload problem or something like that. I had the same problem some weeks ago and I uploaded my book without using lightroom because I had a deadline and needed to upload it so I was in contact with blurb support and they guided me through how to upload it manually with blurbs uploader and that worked without problems so this shows that this is a lightroom related problem and it has not been solved with the new version 8.1 it seems.

Regards,
Thomas
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Hi.  I'm surprised Blurb "guided" you through the upload.  Was that thru an email?   Did they give you any input on the quality difference from uploaded the larger LR files ( straight from LR) versus the smaller PDF files.  Someone in this thread shared a concern I have about losing quality when you upload a PDF rather than the LR JPF file.  Thoughts?\
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I'm trying again, more in desperation than hope. There are no commas in the title but there is a hyphen so I've removed that. 

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Thanks again Bhargav, I've been talking to Blurb. They now tell me that there is an issue between the Lightroom Book Module and Blurb. But they have not suggested any solution apart from creating a PDF of the book, which I have and using the Blurb PDF uploader. But, that creates another problem. I am registered with Blurb in the UK through my use of Lightroom Classic CC. The PDF Uploader is using a US server and cancels my Log-in each time I try. I'm going round in circles. Help
Peter
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Now uploading via PDF Uploader.
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that was also my solution.

I have done many blurb books from LR over the years and there has never been any problem with commas or whatever.

Too bad that its not working anymore since version 8
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Hi,

Can you share your catalog on which you're facing the issue.
This lets us investigate the issue.

Thanks,
Bhargav
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I have exactly the same issue as described above:getting error message in the middle of the upload of the book from LR CC Classic to Blurb.No commas in the book title.It is very disappointing considering the time spent on the design of the book.What Blurb have to realize is that it is exactly the ability to design the book in LR and sending it to Blurb without dealing with the file sizing issues that gives it an edge at least in my eyes. There are many other online printing services and without ability to upload my book directly from LR I most certainly will look at them next time I need to print a book.
Vlad
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Hello, I am also having problems uploading to blurb. After 2/3 it stops."Error uploading book to blurb No specific answer. Cancel or retry." There are no comma's or special characters in the title.
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Apparently, according to my contact with Blurb there is an 'issue' between Lightroom and Blurb. Neither Adobe or Blurb are offering a remedy at this time. Blurb advise saving books created in Lightroom as PDFs and then sending to Blurb from the Blurb web site. I wasted days trying to send a book from Lightroom and eventually used the PDF method. It works.