Enhanced Ebooks

To get an idea of how rich media can improve your ebooks, explore these impressive examples.

How to Make Cheese

Nigel Holmes

This ebook offers a lighthearted but fact-filled diagrammatic tour through the production of cheddar cheese from pasture, cows, and milk to the cheese-making process itself (with an aside about how the holes get into Swiss cheese). There's even a short video that explains why we love cheese. Hint – it has much the same effect as opium.

The idea of writing and illustrating a book that could quickly become either print or electronic was very intriguing. Then I learned that Blurb gives me the possibility of adding a video to my ebook! That was a terrific opportunity: I could use speech, music, and sound effects and add animation to explain something that would have been much duller in static images alone.

Nigel Holmes
Explanation Graphics Designer

Me and MyConnie

Peter Radsliff

Peter Radsliff bought a motorcycle after not riding for 20 years, rekindling his spirit for adventure in surprising ways. An avid photographer, scuba diver, and performing musician (and a CEO of a Silicon Valley tech startup), Radsliff deftly used the ebook format, including photos, links, and video to share interesting insights on how his first year back in the saddle taught him things he had forgotten about himself.

Today, storytelling needs to include multiple types of media and be available on multiple types of media. Blurb's platform helps connect the storyteller with everyone in his or her audience – whether they prefer a tablet, smartphones, or a paper book – with a minimum of disruption to the creative process. And Blurb automates publishing and access to distribution channels. What more could a storyteller want?

Peter Radsliff
Tech CEO and Photographer

See & Be Seen

Karen Wickre

When Karen Wickre began collecting visual works 30 years ago, she didn't have a grand plan. Today her home is filled with a wildly eclectic accumulation that ranges from high-end works by well-known artists to "outsider" paintings and humble vintage whimsies. "See & Be Seen" is a collection of her photos and stories about her life as a collector and the home she has created.

Without a service like Blurb's ebook editor, I might never have pulled together my ideas and images in such a satisfying and creative way. I love the process, which is intuitive and flexible, and of course I love the results.

Karen Wickre
Editorial Director, Twitter

Color and Design for the Bead Jewelry Artist

Kate Ferrant Richbourg

Author Kate Ferrant Richbourg created this ebook as inspiration for jewelry artists. Filled with exercises, examples, and techniques from Richbourg's bestselling class, it offers great ideas and insights on everything from choosing colors to spurring the creative process.

I've always wanted to share my popular class in a book, and the rich media ebook format lets me do that in a dynamic way. It brings my class to life and opens up a whole new world of possibilities to share ideas between teacher and student.

Kate Ferrant Richbourg
Jewelry Designer and Educator

The Dog Photographer

Amanda Jones

"The Dog Photographer" explores 16 years of Amanda Jones photographing "just dogs." Thousands of canine clients and endless treats later, she shares tales of getting her business off the ground, figuring out exactly how to get a dog to smile, and one very naughty Yorkshire Terrier.

Creating my own ebook was a much more creative process than the time I spent with professional publishers on my prior books. It is fundamentally different than handing over a stack of photographs and having a publisher drive the entire creative process – even naming your book. This enhanced ebook is my creation from the cover to the back page.

Amanda Jones
Pet Photographer

Curry Base

Aruna Khanzada

A basic guide to making one simple curry base to create a diverse range of curry dishes faster than having Indian food delivered.

The advanced ebook brought out by Blurb is genius! The fact that I can go to any book I have made previously and add audio and video footage to take the book to another level will have an impact both on a professional and a personal level. I can say without hesitation that it has very easy-to-use instructions and I was able to use it intuitively.

Aruna Khanzada
Cookbook author

ebooks for Photographers

Mikkel Aaland

Using real world examples, best-selling author and photographer Mikkel Aaland explains the entire process of making a fixed-layout, photo-centric ebook for the iPad®. Aaland shows you how to use Adobe® InDesign® and the Blurb plug-in to make a cover, add images, format text, and add video and sound.

I love books and I love ebooks. Not only are ebooks a way to package and share my creative talent, they can also provide a viable income stream. I am very excited about the potential for ebooks, especially since Blurb has made production tools and distribution platforms available to everyone.

Mikkel Aaland
Photographer

Satos of Dead Dog Beach

Sophie Gamand

The Sato Project is a non-profit that organizes rescue and rehabilitation of satos, Puerto Rican stray dogs. The Sato project focuses their efforts on Dead Dog Beach, a dumping ground for dogs. Gamand, a New York-based French photographer, created this English- and French-language book about satos both already adopted and still running wild on the beach.

These new ebook tools are the perfect answer to the trend toward multimedia in the photography market and using these tools made me feel very creative. Today, being a photographer means more than taking photos. It's up to us to bring our art to another level, and Blurb's new tools allow us to do that in a very easy and efficient way.

Sophie Gamand
Photographer

Stormbelt

Robert Leslie

Leslie chose to explore the Sunbelt, the route controlling America's housing, immigration, agriculture, and military sectors. In traveling the dramatic 8,000-kilometer expanse between Miami and Los Angeles, he sought to capture how the idea of "change" affected the region.

Adding audio and video sequences really added a dimension to the tale of my long journey into the depths of modern America. The Blurb ebook editor was a breeze to use. Once I determined the book's sequence, I added audio and video segments throughout the stages of the book.

Robert Leslie
Photographer

Flawed Symmetry of Prediction

Jeff Frost

Combining still and time-lapse photography with motion, music, and art, multimedia artist and storyteller Jeff Frost reveals a world rarely seen, leading the viewer on a unique visual journey through worlds both real and imagined.

Converting your physical books into electronic format is an easy and intuitive process following in the footsteps of Blurb's currently existing software. It's a user-friendly environment online where you can add video and audio to your masterpiece for a totally immersive experience.

Jeff Frost
Artist

How to Make an ebook with Blurb

Maggie Hannon

Blurb staffer Maggie Hannon shows you how to easily create an ebook using BookSmart and the Blurb ebook editor. Step by step, Maggie transforms her own cat photobook, "Caturday," into an enhanced ebook with audio and video and explains how you can do this too.

I get a wonderful satisfaction from stringing together captions, images, and narrative to complete a print book. Now, BookSmart is helping me create ebooks and the enhanced editor lets me add a whole new level to my content, incorporating audio and video into the flow of the story. Completing a book is now more than satisfying – it's amazing..

Maggie Hannon
Blurb Team Member

Learn Lightroom

Jerry Courvoisier

This book focuses on understanding the fundamental organizational and workflow aspects of this great photography application. Courvoisier uses his years of digital photography workshop experience to help develop proficiency with organizing your photographic life so you can spend less time in front of the computer and more time pursuing your passion for photography.

Blurb continues to expand the self-publishing world's envelope with the new iPad fixed-layout ebook. I found that by using any of their book creation tools, I can easily move a standard format book to a creative, enhanced audio and video ebook with Blurb's new complementary ebook editor. I now have a way to simply and effectively produce engaging content.

Jerry Courvoisier
Photographer/Lightroom Expert

Roy & Hydrants

Dianne Morey

Roy the dog has a very special relationship with fire hydrants, but not what you would expect – he likes to get on top of them and balance. In this photo-rich book, follow Roy and his best friend and trainer Dianne on a whimsical and slightly odd journey through one dog's city.

I read everything on my iPad, so the opportunity to create an enhanced ebook that included video I shot with my iPhone and GoPro cameras was intriguing. Blurb gives me an opportunity to branch out and explore what kinds of media products I can create around the photos and video I shoot almost every day with my dogs.

Dianne Morey
Dog Trainer

2011 Menlo-Atherton Pop Warner Vikings

Claire Barry

In 2011, Claire's son's Pop Warner team won the Pacific Northwest Division Championships and was off to Orlando for the Super Bowl. In order to raise the funds to help send them there, Claire designed a 12 x 12-inch hardcover Blurb book her family and friends loved. And then she converted it into an enhanced ebook which they love even more.

I was able to add video and audio, which brought the touchdowns, cheers, speeches, and families to life. I'm already working on the 2012 book – everyone sends me their video and pictures after each game. So far they are undefeated, and this year I'll be able to sell an ebook easily to get the boys to the Super Bowl!

Claire Barry
Graphic Designer/Mom

High Design, Low Impact:
Building LivingHomes

Steve Glenn

This monograph covers the built projects of LivingHomes, a company that builds prefabricated, sustainably designed homes, from its founding in 2006 to the most current completed project in 2012.

With the enhanced ebook format, we are able to add time-lapse video of the unique way that our home are installed, as well as walkthroughs of the homes. Adding video to a photo-intensive book was surprisingly intuitive.

Steve Glenn
Founder and CEO of LivingHomes