Blurb Opens European Headquarters
Blurb, the creative book publishing platform, today announced that Jonathan Wisler has joined as Vice President and General Manager of Blurb Europe. Wisler was most recently the European Director of Kodak Gallery (the company formerly known as Ofoto). Wisler was instrumental in growing Kodak Gallery into the leading online digital photo developing service in the US, and then went on to grow Kodak Gallery to be the number one photofinishing site in the UK.
Opening Blurb Europe further demonstrates Blurb’s ongoing commitment to its international customers. Blurb announced its first European print partner in July 2007 followed by the international rollout of Blurb’s Set Your Price program, which allows people to create and sell books for profit. By March 2008, international sales accounted for a growing percentage of Blurb’s total revenue. Later this year Blurb will roll out its professional offering, Blurb Business-to-Business (B3), internationally.
“We have been doing business internationally for some time now, and during this time it has become increasingly clear that we have a tremendous opportunity in Europe,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. “Jonathan has a phenomenal grasp of the European market, and has specific expertise driving the European expansion of major brands in very similar industries.”
Wisler will be hiring in Europe, to further support Blurb’s international expansion, and more information can be found online at http://www.blurb.com/about/jobs.
“Joining Blurb is an awesome opportunity to be a part of something innovative and empowering,” said Wisler. “I see the passion that goes into everything Blurb does. This passion is shared by the people who make Blurb books, and I’m excited to introduce Blurb to a broader European audience."
Blurb® was founded on the premise that everyone – not just the talented few – should be able to publish, share, and distribute beautifully realized books with first class production values. 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 indie publishing platform offers the ability to design, publish, share, market, distribute, and sell both digital and print books. Further, Blurb puts independent publishers 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.