Blurb Brings Creative Book Publishing to Europe
Blurb, the creative book publishing service, today announced its expansion into the European market. Blurb is expanding its global reach to include printing, binding, and shipping out of a central location in the Netherlands. This regional operation will reduce the cost of shipping and improve delivery time for many international customers who use Blurb to quickly and affordably create, publish, share, and market professional quality books.
In July, Blurb will also introduce several Web-site improvements designed specifically for the European market. Customers will be able to view Blurb books in metric dimensions, and view prices and make purchases in local European currencies.
“Our European customers are making more and more books every month, so we were very motivated to accommodate their growing demand,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. “We have established local European printing and shipping operations, to demonstrate our commitment to the market and provide more affordable shipping. We plan to continue this process in many more regions to better serve the global Blurb community.”
Blurb is celebrating its European launch by working with Flickr®, a leading photo-sharing community owned by Yahoo!, to publish the commemorative 24 Hours of Flickr book. This book illustrates life as it happened around the world in one day via photos taken by Flickr community members. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Médecins Sans Frontières. The book is available for purchase in the Blurb Bookstore at http://www.blurb.com/user/flickr today.
To create and publish a Blurb book, users start by downloading Blurb BookSmart® software from the Blurb website. Blurb’s BookSmart software is free, runs on a Mac or PC, and offers a wide variety of book layouts created by professional book designers. The software enables anyone to affordably make, share, and market beautiful, bookstore-quality books.
Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the power of designed books — 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, 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.