Blurb® Ranks No. 47 on the Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the company was ranked No. 47 on the annual Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Blurb was also ranked by Inc. as the fastest growing company in the media category and was ranked among the top five fastest growing women-led companies.
“We are humbled and amazed to be named by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies. Even more remarkable is to be named No. 1 in the media category, given the meteoric growth of self-publishing, both print and digital,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb CEO. “I thank Inc. Magazine for their inspiration and ongoing commitment to entrepreneurs, and congratulate all the companies on this year’s list for their remarkable achievements.”
Blurb, which enables anyone to create, publish, share and sell professional-quality books, has experienced rapid growth since it was founded in 2005. The company’s three-year growth rate of 4,829.6% has been fueled by customers around the world who are eager to share their content in books.
In 2009, Blurb shipped more than 1.2 million books and recorded sales of more than $45 million. In addition to its widespread adoption among the mainstream consumer market, Blurb has become the preferred bookmaking platform of the creative professional community, including photographers, designers, entertainment companies and marketing agencies.
In the past year, the company, which is based in San Francisco, has significantly expanded its business internationally. It has launched personalized services, pricing and shipping options for customers in Australia, Canada and France.
Earlier this year, Blurb’s founder, Eileen Gittins, was selected as “Best CEO, Small Company (Revenues Under $100 Million)” by the San Francisco Business Times in the organization’s annual Technology & Innovation Awards.
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.