Do you want to turn your Instagram photos into books? The self-publishing company Blurb will print Instagram photo books quickly, offering five different kinds of paper and three kinds of covers. Prices start at $10.95 for a 20-page paperback book.
For a surprisingly low sum, Blurb will take your digital photos and help you assemble them into a bookstore-quality photo book that will make a great present for someone you love.
While HP’s MagCloud has helped hundreds of would-be publishers produce slick print-on-demand magazines for a few years now, POD book printer Blurb may have just done that company out of a gig. Starting this month, an Adobe InDesign plug-in will enable anyone with that software and an Internet connection to print magazines and brochures using Blurb’s well-respected service.
Two years ago Larissa Leclair founded the Indie Photobook Library in her Washington D.C home with the goal of preserving rare self-published books and making them available to a larger audience. She hopes the collection will one day land at the Library or Congress for safe keeping.
Until recent years, if you were a top chief executive - or CEO - you might have felt that you had the best job in the world. The benefits were many - power, respect, an enormous pay packet, freedom to operate, all of the positive aspects that generally go with being the boss - including not really having a boss of your own, at least in the conventional sense.
Digital Self-Publishing has grown tremendously in the last few years. Many major players in the game have all unveiled tools and content distribution methods to help authors gain exposure and make money. Comic books, graphic novels, ebooks, and kids books all have viable avenues for people to pursue. One of the main elements that has been left out the mix is magazines. Blurb is seeking to quickly remedy this situation with new tools for Adobe InDesign.
In a very interesting move for writers, the creative publishing platform Blurb has released two additions to its on-demand print products – Magazines and Brochures. These new products, available via an Adobe® InDesign® plug-in, combine print-on-demand flexibility with quality and design capabilities to meet the individual needs of consumers and organisations, regardless of how big or small the job.
As publishing transitions into the digital space, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to abandon print entirely. In fact, Blurb has built a successful business by offering “accidental authors” an easy way to write and self-publish custom print books on demand, all through a digital platform. In May, the company added e-books, giving people a tool to publish their work as iPad and iPhone versions.
A book on an iPad or other device can be more than text and pictures: it becomes a metaphor, a method for organizing and presenting a story of any kind. Hardcopy photo book printer Blurb has expanded to e-books — and is now expanding what we mean by books and stories.
Illustrated books are not finding the same success in the digital publishing world as plain-text books; San Francisco- and London-based self-publishing service Blurb aims to change that. Earlier this month, Blurb, launched in 2006 and known for helping users create high-quality illustrated books for print-on-demand distribution, launched a new suite of tools for production and distribution of enhanced e-books.
Bloggers, amateur photographers and would-be storytellers are being given the opportunity to turn their work into interactive eBooks available on the iOS platform. What's more, they might be able to make money from their endeavours.
Blurb®, the creative publishing platform, today announced that new versions of its award-winning BookSmart, Bookify and InDesign® Plug-In creation tools will enable customers to simply and easily convert their new or existing print files to ebooks, adding video, audio and live links to enrich the storytelling experience.
Blurb is without a doubt my favorite company to create books with. Most often I design photobooks, but one of my most creative ventures was to make an ABC Super Hero book when my children were younger to help them learn their ABC’s!
The best reason for would-be-self-publishers of photo books to use Blurb's do-it-yourself tools is the most simple one: Blurb was founded to service would-be-self-publishers of photo books and them alone. And now Blurb has gotten into the e-book space, which has prompted a few tweaks to the company's traditional print-book products.
Well now, thanks to Blurb, we can all easily, quickly and affordably create gorgeous, high-quality books that will be uniquely and beautifully illustrate the essence of your family in words and images!
“The new service, named Publish, uses a free Adobe InDesign plug-in from Blurb and includes templates for four cover formats, five paper types, and eight trim sizes - including a new 8.5"x11" size exclusive to Publish. CGX added that Publish will also enable creative professionals to finish their projects up to 75% faster using Blurb's custom proofing tools and automated pre-flight checks.”
“Blurb authors earned more than $1M in profits on the sale of nearly 100K books in 2011 as part of the Blurb Set Your Price program. Blurb's customer base grew by 44% in 2011, and the company shipped more than 1.8M books to 69 countries. The company continued to see growth across on-demand publishing categories including business books, portfolio books, design projects, photography books, novels, and more.”
“I have a Blurb book, made from my Instagram photos, and it is great — high quality and beautifully printed. I can’t see how — thanks to higher quality photos you’re using — the Lightroom version wouldn’t be even better.”
“MoneyWatch had the cook's tour of Blurb HQ in San Francisco...”
“So here I am, a photographer, an insane reader and a web entrepreneur. I put those three things together, and out comes this ability to make a print book available to everyone in the world who has access to a browser and 10 bucks. Why should it be the purview of publishing industry to decide who gets published and who doesn’t?”
“We evaluated quite a few different book vendors ... We chose Blurb mainly for the high quality and range of options for their books (while staying at a reasonable price), and for their reputation for having good customer service. We've printed many, many books so far and have been very pleased with the results.”
“Books enable photographers to self-publish their work using layout tools in Lightroom, then save the finished product to PDF or send the job to Blurb. The Blurb integration is actually very tight. As authors add pages, for example, they see an updated estimated price for Blurb printing in the inspector.”
"Instagram is a great resource for sharing photos and inspiration with friends, family and business people via your iPhone. The best part is, you can connect with Blurb and it instantly takes your Instagram pictures and puts them in a book. My daughter is almost a year old, and I take most of my pictures of her with my phone, and Blurb is an easy way to keep the memories by making cool, hard-covered books."
...Blurb [has] made it easy for anyone with a PDF or text document to create and order a relatively small number of books, which works well for teachers who only need enough books for their students.
Eileen Gittins wanted to print 40 books. A tech industry executive fresh off the fizzle of her second startup, she turned to her lifelong passion, photography, to escape computers for a bit. Her idea: shoot portraits of people she had worked with over the years, capturing them lost in their own hobbies and passions.
In a precise parallel to the office-printing boom, print-on-demand is creating an odd new phenomenon that Blurb founder Eileen Gittens calls social publishing. Photo-and-storybook records of camping trips or corporate retreats are created as mementos for participants. There are technical manuals devoted to superniche software. And there are oceans of memoirs and poetry books, often printed in runs of one.
Blurb lets users make, print, and sell their books in relatively easy steps for affordable prices.
Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of Instagram, the world is now inundated with lo-fi images of things people love—memorable meals, beach sunsets, fixed-gear bikes, and so forth. And what better way to commemorate the things you love than with a beautiful, 7-by-7-inch Blurb photo book? Books can range from 20 to 160 pages in size and be bound either softcover or hardcover. Blurb automatically enhances the resolution for printing. It's a great way to share and show off your favorite Instagram shots.
At Blurb.com, Ben is the Director of User Experience, which involves visual and interaction design for BookSmart, Bookify, blurb.com, and new e-book tools. He blogs at practicalist.com and posts an occasional photo at sweetobscurity.com.
Blurb popped up on the scene to make things simple for authors, photographers, bloggers and writers. With this publishing-made-easy tool, anyone can see their name on a book cover. You can easily turn a pdf into a book, or sync Blurb software to your blog and immediately go to work editing your book. Gittins, a photographer, who came up with the business idea after trying to create a personal photo essay book, says that, “this is the most rewarding company she’s ever run.”