Blurb Introduces Photobucket Slurper
Blurb, the creative book publishing platform, today introduced a new Photobucket Slurper, available in the company’s bookmaking software, Blurb BookSmart®. Built using Photobucket’s API, the Photobucket Slurper allows Photobucket’s nearly 40 million users* to connect to their Photobucket accounts and slurp their full-resolution photos into BookSmart. Once in BookSmart, users can easily create their own Blurb book. Blurb enables anyone to affordably make, share, market, and sell bookstore-quality books.
"Photobucket users already have a ton of content stored online, and we’re making it easy for them to bring it offline into a real book," said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of Blurb. "We have seen that there is a growing need for people to take this online content and create something tangible. Blurb books capture and reinforce people’s shared experiences and passions; we're excited to see some awesome books coming from Photobucket people."
To create a Blurb book, download 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. People have complete control to add photos, art, text, blog content, or anything else to create Blurb books – including slurped images from Photobucket, Flickr, Smugmug and Picasa.
The Photobucket API enables companies, including Blurb, to create applications, such as the Photobucket Slurper, that let users access their Photobucket photos from environments outside Photobucket.com. Since the Photobucket API works on any device with an Internet connection, those environments might include other websites, web applications, desktop applications, browser plug-ins, mobile phones, home-entertainment systems, digital photo frames and digital cameras.
"Our mission at Photobucket has always been to give people the power to upload and share photos and videos – whether on blogs, social networks, auction sites, or consumer devices," said Alex Welch, president, Photobucket. "The broad release of our API offers new opportunities for people to illustrate their lives and share what they create with others."
Coincident with the opening up of its API, Photobucket has launched an Application Gallery on its Web site where developers can showcase their products and users can find and download applications and discover devices that support the API. To view the Photobucket Application Gallery, visit: http://gallery.photobucket.com.
For more information about the Photobucket API, please visit http://developer.photobucket.com.
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.