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 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 company and a community that believes passionately in the power of designed books and magazines—in both print and ebook form. Blurb’s indie publishing platform is simple yet flexible enough to make everyone an author—every blogger, cook, designer, photographer, entrepreneur, poet, everyone. Founded by Eileen Gittins in 2005 and funded by Canaan Partners and Anthem Venture Partners, the Blurb platform enables everyone to independently publish, share, market, and distribute their work. Blurb’s portfolio of free software tools include Blurb’s BookWright™, Blurb BookSmart®, and Bookify in addition to a plug-in for Adobe InDesign® plus full integration into Adobe Lightroom®. With over one million book creators and more than 2.8 million unique titles published to date, Blurb is re-imagining what books can and should be in the 21st century—and who gets to create them.