Blurb Launches Bookmaking Plug-In for Adobe InDesign

The first of its kind, the plug-in streamlines the bookmaking process for book designers

San Francisco, Calif.
June 21, 2011

Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the release of their plug-in for Adobe® InDesign®. The plug-in, compatible with CS3, 4 and 5, will allow users to easily generate any of Blurb’s hundreds of page and cover templates right within InDesign and greatly improves the export and PDF-to-Book upload process — providing users with a more streamlined bookmaking experience.

Blurb’s Plug-in, the first of its kind offered by a mainstream online book making platform, puts every combination of Blurb book type and customization option, at the fingertips of design savvy users. This seamless experience, from conception of a book project to the high quality printing offers, is unmatched in the industry. What’s more, the plug-in is unique in that, by way of a proprietary export preset, it ensures files print flawlessly and any color management work is maintained.

The key features of the Plug-in for InDesign include:

  • Blurb Template Creator interface, which creates blank page and cover templates in InDesign on selection of book size and paper, or cover, type.
  • Blurb PDF export preset, which is automatically installed for higher quality printing
  • Error reduction in Blurb’s PDF-to-Book upload process.

The plug-in further extends Blurb’s unparalleled range of bookmaking tools, particularly for designers and photographers looking for more creative control in their book design. With 3 covers, 5 paper types and 5 end sheet color choices Blurb’s extensive range of nearly 500 unique combinations challenges that of services usually restricted to pros.

“The free Blurb plug-in for InDesign CS5.5 is an excellent resource for anyone using InDesign who wants to publish a book with Blurb,” said Kiyo Toma, senior product manager for InDesign at Adobe. “This plug-in lets every InDesign user focus on book design by reducing the complexity inherent in the book production process.”

Blurb’s Plug-in for InDesign is the second in a suite of applications designed to work in conjunction with Adobe products, following the May launch of their Adobe PhotoShop Lightroom Plug-in.

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.