Blurb Introduces Author-Set Pricing
Blurb, the creative book publishing service, today announced the availability of its Set Your Price program, an end-to-end solution that enables Blurb users to create and sell books for profit. The program allows Blurb authors to sell their books in Blurb’s online bookstore at a price of their choosing, while keeping 100 percent of the profits. Unlike other programs that either pay royalties or levy charges, Blurb’s Set Your Price program truly enables the book creator to retain all of the profits.
“Blurb’s mission is to democratize publishing. I can’t imagine a better way to deliver on that promise than by tearing down the arcane systems where everyone but the author seems to get a nice payday,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. “Many Blurb users are already selling their books at a profit offline, so the natural next step is to help them transfer that effort online.”
With the Set Your Price program, there is neither inventory to manage, nor cash outlays for print production as each book is printed on demand. Blurb users can market and sell books through Blurb’s Bookstore, and drive sales by linking from a personal Web site or blog. Users can track book sales using real-time reporting, and Blurb sends the user a check each month, as long as their earnings reach at least $25. There are no enrollment fees and it takes two minutes to sign up.
Blurb is rolling out free online-marketing tools to help customers drive sales, including the following:
- A book detail page that features a cover image and description of the book, optimized for search engines
- A book preview option that gives prospective book buyers a look at the first 15 pages of a book in a view-only PDF file
- An “Announce” feature that let users invite others to view and purchase their book
- Book tagging and categorization options that provide more exposure in Blurb’s public bookstore
Also, today at Macworld, Blurb is previewing its new iPhoto integration – users can now slurp high-resolution photo albums, rolls, or individual images directly from iPhoto into BookSmart, and either auto-flow or build a book from scratch. This functionality will be widely released in early February.
Blurb’s BookSmart software 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® was founded on the premise that everyone – not just the talented few – should be able to publish, share, and distribute beautifully realized digital and print books with first class production values. Whether creating books for friends and family, for business colleagues and prospects, or for global audiences who may wish to buy your book, Blurb’s platform is built for you. 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 independent publishing platform offers the ability to design, publish, share, market, distribute, and sell both digital and print books. Further, Blurb puts book creators 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.