Blurb Community Produces over 300,000 Unique Titles in 2008, Propels Company to 3x Growth

On-demand publishing platform thrives in the downturn by enabling its community to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality books

San Francisco, Calif.
January 28, 2009

Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today reported outstanding growth in 2008, delivering company–record numbers in spite of a down economy. The company reached profitability and achieved nearly 3X (200%) year-over-year sales growth in 2008, with sales of nearly $30MM. With nearly one million books produced, over 750,000 registered users, and a global footprint that extends to 60 countries, Blurb continues to experience high growth amidst challenging economic times.

“In many ways, it makes sense that Blurb is thriving even against the backdrop of a recession,” said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO, Blurb. “Right now many underemployed, laid-off, or just plain worried folks have more time on their hands but are not feeling in control. Blurb enables these folks to achieve a real sense of accomplishment by putting their best work into a professional-quality book that they can share with friends, present to a prospective employer or sell for profits.”

Blurb was recently named one of the 30 Innovators to Watch in the Outsell Inc. report, “Information Industry Outlook 2009: No Guts No Glory,” alongside Apple, Google, Hulu and LinkedIn, among others.

The company again saw massive seasonal volume during the fourth quarter of 2008, from personal gift projects, as well as creative professionals and businesses delivering projects for clients and year-end events. At its peak volume, Blurb processed an order for a new, incoming title every three seconds. This fourth quarter momentum has continued into the first quarter of 2009, with 2009 revenue numbers already exceeding projections by over 30%.

Blurb developed several strategic partnerships in the fourth quarter of 2008, expanding its brand presence and helping customers to easily bring content into Blurb books from many touch points on the web. Recent partnerships include MOO, whose mini-cards and business cards help Blurb customers market their books and services; TinyPrints, which enables the Blurb community to leverage important events and occasions in people’s lives; and SixApart, making it easy for bloggers to slurp their blogs into a permanent artifact. Blurb also bolstered strategic relationships with key industry players in the photography and printing space, including HP and Panasonic.

"The OnMedia 100 winners have excelled in key strategic areas in the advertising, marketing, public relations, and promotion industry," said Tony Perkins, founder and CEO of AlwaysOn. "We congratulate them for their success in introducing new tools, services, and venues for marketers to have at their fingertips and for use to take their business to the next level in innovation."

Blurb’s global footprint expanded in 2008 with the Blurb Global Print Partner Network now supporting over 60 countries. Europe now accounts for nearly 20% of Blurb’s total revenue. This growth has spurred further expansion plans for Europe as well as other geographies in 2009.

To create and publish a Blurb book, start by downloading Blurb BookSmart® software from the www.blurb.com. 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 delivers the permanence and impact of commercial-quality books, with the speed and flexibility of the Internet. Using Blurb, customers enjoy complete creative control, no minimum orders, edit on-the-fly capabilities, mass customization, and global distribution.

About Blurb®

Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the power of designed books — in both print and ebook form. Blurb’s indie publishing platform is simple yet flexible enough to make everyone an author — every blogger, cook, designer, photographer, entrepreneur, poet, everyone. Founded by Eileen Gittins in 2005 and funded by Canaan Partners and Anthem Venture Partners, the Blurb platform enables everyone to independently publish, share, market, and distribute their work. Blurb’s portfolio of free software tools include Blurb’s BookWright, BookSmart, and Bookify in addition to a plug-in for Adobe InDesign® plus full integration into Adobe Lightroom®. With over one million book creators and more than 2.8 million unique titles published to date, Blurb is re-imagining what books can and should be in the 21st century — and who gets to create them.

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