Blurb Flickr Slurper Now Available

Book Creation Service Slurps Photos from Flickr® Accounts into Blurb BookSmart® Software

San Francisco, Calif.
December 19, 2006

Blurb, the creative book publishing service, today announced that its BookSmart® beta release version 1.6 includes a Flickr Slurper. The Flickr Slurper, available in the latest version of BookSmart, free to download at blurb.com, enables Blurb customers to connect to their regular or pro Flickr accounts, and slurp their sets, groups, and photo streams as full resolution images into BookSmart software. Once in BookSmart, customers can view their Flickr photos by tag, sets, or group, then easily autoflow or drag and drop them into professionally designed templates to create a bookstore-quality book.

Blurb’s BookSmart application is free, runs on a Mac or PC, and offers a wide variety of templates created by commercial book designers. The software enables anyone to create, share, and distribute affordable, beautiful, bookstore-quality books.

“Blurb customers are already slurping images and text from their TypePad and WordPress blogs into books, so adding the capability to slurp photos from Flickr was a natural next step,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s Founder and CEO. “We recognize that there are large communities of people who are creating digital content that they would like to bookify. Flickr slurping makes it even easier for our customers to get their high-resolution digital photos into true commercial-quality books.

Blurb recently introduced softcover books; Blurb users can now create a single file, then order books in either hardcover or softcover. Softcover prices start at $18.95 and hardcover (with dust jacket) prices start at $29.95 for a 40-page, 8x10 4-color book, with 80# coated, semi-matte paper, and professional print quality. Blurb customers can buy just one book or many; quantity discounts are offered at 25 units and up.

About Blurb®

Blurb® was founded on the premise that everyone – not just the talented few – should be able to publish, share, and distribute beautifully realized books with first class production values. By creating a business model that enables the company to profit on a unit of one, Blurb has opened up the world of publishing to everyone who has access to a computer and a story to tell.

Blurb's indie publishing platform offers the ability to design, publish, share, market, distribute, and sell both digital and print books. Further, Blurb puts independent publishers in full control by providing a comprehensive publishing toolkit: a suite of free book design tools including Blurb BookWright™, an Adobe InDesign® plugin and Adobe Lightroom® integration, a variety of print and distribution options, book format and paper choices, and online selling and social sharing tools.

Launched in 2006 by CEO Eileen Gittins, Blurb now enjoys global scale via more than one million book authors, resulting in nearly three million unique book titles so far.

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