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 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.