Blurb Launches Blurb Bookshow™, Enabling Online Book Sharing

Facebook, blogs, web sites and the iPad – authors can share their books anywhere online

San Francisco, Calif.
April 22, 2010

Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the launch of Blurb BookShow™, which enables authors to share their books in an experiential format wherever they are online – on Facebook, their blog, a web site, etc. Additionally, Blurb BookShow has been optimized for viewing on the iPad, leveraging Apple’s multi-touch experience without the need to download an application.

Blurb BookShow is an exciting new way for bookmakers to share their work with their communities, enable their friends and fans to easily pass the book along to others and drive interest in their printed book. The highly engaging BookShow experience is similar to turning the pages of a book as users can flip through the book’s pages online. On the iPad, users can use the device’s touchpad to flick through the book pages as well as pinch and zoom to enlarge images.

Bookmakers control how much of their books to share in Blurb BookShow. BookShow is free to use, and has been designed to maximize the potential for online sharing. Friends and fans can instantly share your book via email or on their own blog, Facebook or Twitter pages by clicking the “Share” button. They can also easily buy your book – the “Buy” button directs to the author’s personal bookstore page at Blurb.com.

“Authors are eager to share their stories,” said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO, Blurb. “Blurb BookShow makes an author’s book more discoverable, more exciting to experience and drives interest in the printed book. We know that some of our customers will use BookShow to simply share their work with friends and family, and that’s great. Other Blurb authors will take advantage of BookShow to share and sell their books among their communities. Whatever the intention for sharing, we are incredibly excited to help our customers facilitate a deeper level of engagement with their friends and fans.”

Already, Blurb BookShow has proven to significantly increase visibility, community engagement and sales for Blurb authors. During beta testing, Blurb authors using Blurb BookShow experienced 6x more visits to their bookstore pages compared to the control group who did not use Blurb BookShow1. The Blurb BookShow test group also saw an 88% increase in book sales compared to the control group.

To view an example of the Blurb BookShow widget, please visit:
http://blog.blurb.com/index.php/2010/04/06/introducing-the-blurb-bookshow%E2%84%A2-widget/.

To view an example of Blurb BookShow on the iPad, please visit:
http://www.blurb.com/ipadpreview

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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