New Blurb BookSmart™ Beta Upgrade Now Available. Offers improved font capabilities, full bleed covers, new templates

San Francisco, Calif.
August 30, 2006

Blurb, the creative book publishing service, today announced that its new BookSmart™ beta release is available for download at www.blurb.com. Version 1.3 of the BookSmart™ application enables Blurb customers to use any font installed on their computers, plus offers a new vertical book option specifically designed to showcase business books and blogs, full bleed dust jackets, and four new ready-to-customize cookbook themes.
These new features follow Blurb’s successful first phase beta testing of BookSmart™, Blurb’s trademark software that transforms digital content into professional quality coffee-table books. “The number one request from our beta users has been for more font support,” says Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of Blurb. “People feel strongly about their fonts, so we knew we had to come up with a solution that would enable our customers to use virtually anything they had installed on their PC or Mac. This latest release from Blurb delivers on that need with our new freestyle font support. How great is that?”
These new text enhancements will also be featured in Blurb’s upcoming blog-to&n#45;book launch. Select bloggers will shortly beta test Blurb’s Blog Slurper, which automatically turns blogs into bookstore-quality books, a process Blurb calls “Bookify.”
BookSmart™ 1.3 runs on a Mac or PC and is free to try; users pay only when they publish. Each book is then printed on demand, in any quantity – whether that’s one for a gift, a couple dozen for family members, or several thousand to reach a wide audience. Popular book types include conference books, portfolio books, travel books, cookbooks, photo books, blog books, and more. Books cost as little as $29.95 for a single copy of a 40-page hardcover 8”x10” book, custom dust jacket included.

About Blurb®

Blurb® is a self-publishing platform and creative community that enables individuals to design, publish, share, sell, and distribute photo books, trade books, and magazines in both print and digital formats across the globe using its free, innovative book creation and layout tools. Founded in 2005 by Executive Chairman, Eileen Gittins, Blurb has nearly 2 million independent book authors worldwide, resulting in 3.9 million unique book titles, with more than 14 million units shipped to 80 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.blurb.com.

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