Blurb announces a global partnership with Samsung for auto-creating stunning photo books and magazines
Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, today announces its partnership with Samsung Electronics to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfillment within Story Album for Samsung GALAXY S 4, Samsung’s newly announced flagship smartphone. Users of Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be able to automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images.
“People love the convenience and immediacy of camera phone imagery, but they also prize the beauty and permanence of print media,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s CEO and Founder. “As our lives become increasingly digital, people are genuinely appreciating the value of physical artifacts,” Gittins continued. “By combining the remarkable image quality that the GALAXY S 4 offers with the easy production of books and magazines that Blurb brings, everyone gets the best of digital and analog.”
Until now, there has not been a simple and elegant way to curate and design, and then order a book or magazine directly from the smartphone itself. Samsung and Blurb teamed up to solve this problem via the pre-installed Story Album and its auto-generated layouts that instantly convert into print-worthy publications.
"The Samsung GALAXY S 4 is equipped with the superb quality camera and unique, sophisticated features maximizing the usage of photography experiences,” said Chan-Woo Park, Vice President of Product Strategy Team at Samsung. “We expect our customers will want to output their beautiful images into equally beautiful books and magazines. Our partnership with Blurb will provide the top-of-the-class experience for our customers."
Blurb brings Samsung massive capacity and redundancy via its six print locations on three continents, support for the world’s major currencies and languages, and deep shipping and logistics expertise. Blurb is already a global company having delivered more than 6.5 million books to 70 countries to date, with half of its revenues currently generated outside the United States.
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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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