Blurb Nominated For A 2008 Webby Award
The Webby Awards – the Internet’s most respected symbol of success – has nominated Blurb for the Best Services Category of 2008. The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from around the world and nominated Blurb and four other companies in the Services category, for websites that allow real-world activities. Blurb is a creative book publishing platform that lets users make, share, market, and sell real books.
Now through May 1st, fans can vote for Blurb in The Webby People’s Voice Awards presented by Nokia at http://pv.webbyawards.com.
"You know you’re doing a lot of things right when you’re nominated for a Webby Award," said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. "Our website reflects our passion and commitment to helping people and communities create and share their work and their stories via books. We’re thrilled to be nominated for a Webby; it’s validating, exciting, and incredibly flattering."
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.
Blurb shares the spotlight with exceptional company. Websites such as Anthony Bourdain’s Top Chef Blog, Best Week Ever from VH1, GQ, Style.com, ESPN.com, Slate Magazine, NYTimes.com, Wired.com, Pentax Photo Gallery, Nike Golf, Atom Films, BBC News, Flickr, and Moo are just a few of the sites up for Webby Awards.
Previous Webby Awards winners include Amazon.com, eBay, Yahoo!, iTunes, Google, FedEx, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Salon Magazine, Evite, Meetup, Wikipedia, Flickr, Comedy Central, PBS, and The Onion.
This year’s winners will be announced on May 6, 2008 and honored at a star-studded gala in New York City on June 10th.
To create a Blurb book, all 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. Blurb enables anyone to affordably make, share, market, and sell 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.