There are actually lots of companies offering a wide variety of printing solutions. For this book, I chose Tecnostampa s.r.l., based near Rome, Italy, and they sent my books here to Norway. Shipping costs were manageable and sensible, additional Norwegian 25% VAT a bit less (they didn't care that some of the copies are given away for free to friends and others are sold but sendt outside the country).
Anyway, the advantage using a local printing company instead of Blurb is that the former offer many more types of paper (generally being willing to send you a free set of sample pritns to help you choose your paper). And it's possible to discuss formats other than their typical ones. Tecnostampa work well and the overall quality is at least on the same level as Blurb's, at least to my eye.
Originally Posted by Joao
What alternative for publishing did you choose instead of Blurb ? Considering the final quality, are they at the same level ?