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® 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.