Blurb Strengthens Commitment To Global Expansion
Blurb, the creative book publishing service, today announced it has implemented new shipping options and ecommerce features to support the company’s European launch and global expansion. In June, Blurb announced its partnership with a printer in the Netherlands, to better service all customers in the UK and the entire European Union. Continuing Blurb’s commitment to serve global users, the company has added 12 new countries to the list of countries and territories it ships to: Argentina, Brazil, India, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Ukraine. Users from these countries can now create, publish, share, and market professional-quality books. Once ordered, their books will be delivered in 7 to 10 business days.
“Blurb’s international customer base is growing rapidly, so we’re doing all we can to support a great bookmaking experience,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. “Making a book should be approachable, affordable, and open to everyone. Because of our latest enhancements, more people all over the world can create one book or many, and share those books both online and offline. This is what social print media is all about.”
Blurb’s growing European customer base can now view prices and make purchases in the British pound sterling and the euro. Other currencies will follow at later dates. To better serve the international creative community, Blurb has also introduced bookmaking measurements in metrics. This creates a more seamless experience for Blurb’s global users as they choose from Blurb’s four book sizes and hundreds of book layout options.
To create and publish a Blurb book, users start by downloading Blurb BookSmart® software from the Blurb Web site. 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.