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® 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.