Blurb Wins Webby Award For Best Services Website Of 2008

San Francisco, Calif.
May 06, 2008

The Webby Awards – the Internet’s most respected symbol of success - today honored Blurb as the Best Services website 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. Blurb produced nearly 90,000 unique titles in 2007. To put this in perspective, Simon & Schuster publishes approximately 1,800 titles annually, and Random House, with more than 100 editorially independent imprints worldwide, published 9,000 new titles in 2006. Blurb’s title output is nearly 9x the combined number of titles released by these traditional publishing houses.

"To win a Webby among such prestigious company is just awesome," said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. "We were flattered to be nominated, and now we’re officially blown away. We are passionate about helping people connect and share their stories via books, and it’s a cool thing to be recognized for doing something we love. A huge shout out to all the nominees in the Services category; it’s an honor to be in their company."

Winners will be honored at two star-studded ceremonies in New York City: The Webby Film & Video Awards on June 9th, and The 12th Annual Webby Awards Gala on June 10th. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found at http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?season=12

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.

"The Webby Awards honors the very best of the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "Blurb’s win is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received a record 9,500 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states. Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-word speech limit. Past headline-grabbing speechmakers include Al Gore ("Please don’t recount this vote"), Beastie Boys ("Can anyone fix my computer?"), and Prince ("Everything you think is true.")

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.

About The Webby Awards 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. Established in 1996, the 12th Annual Webby Awards received a record 9,500 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; .ORG; The Barbarian Group; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

About Blurb®

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.

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