Blurb will now convert any book made with their free bookmaking software into an ebook for just US $1.99 . The resulting ebooks are available for purchase in the Blurb Bookstore and on the iBooks app on the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Book owners are able to set their own prices for both the printed and ebook versions.
“Online book publishing service Blurb today launched a new way to publish collections of photos - as an eBook for the iPad... Easy and cheap publishing for a widely used and attractive consumption platform sounds like a beautiful thing.”
“Hoping to profit from Instagram's popularity, [Blurb] began offering the ability to make books out of Instagram photos in July. That has resulted in uploads of 650,000 images from Instagram for books... Instagram photos have replaced all other forms of photo uploads to be [their] No. 1 source of photos.”
“Blurb, the self-publishing giant, and sponsor of the Photography Book Now, announced the competition’s $25,000 Grand Prize winner today—Italian photographer Valerio Spada for Gomorrah Girl. The book, which lead judge Darius Himes, assistant director of Fraenkel Gallery and co-founder of Radius Books, described as compelling, explores the murder of Naples resident Annalisa Durante, a young woman caught in the crossfire of violence in ‘the land of Camorrah,’ (the name for the Mafia in Naples).”
“The clear winner, Blurb, offers the best-looking books, with different paper types and covers to choose from, as well as several layout options.”
“What started as a self-publishing startup for do-it-yourself bookmakers has become a multi-platform storytelling service, adding an app for iPhone and iPod Touch in April, and most recently, an iPad iteration.”
“It sounds overwhelming but online self-publishing software makes it really easy to publish your own book... Since the book is professionally printed and bound, it becomes a beautiful place to organize and display the best of your vacation pictures, candid wedding shots or come up with a creation that will make a beautiful gift.”
“Like most of Blurb's other books, the whole package is nicely put together.... The images themselves honestly look better than I expected.”
“The service, which starts at $11 for a 20-page softcover book, is almost as easy to use as Instagram itself... The editor is surprisingly powerful... It’s a lot of fun.”
Inc. staff writer Kasey Wehrum spoke to successful business owners, including Blurb CEO Eileen Gittins, about their most memorable summer jobs and how those early experiences influenced their career paths.
“Bespoke book printing and sales service Blurb has released its plug-in for Adobe InDesign. The plug-in, compatible with InDesign CS3, 4 and 5... greatly improves the export and PDF-to-Book upload process -- providing users with a more streamlined bookmaking experience.”
“Blurb has gained considerable market traction. By 2010, it had delivered 1.4 million books to 74 countries on five continents. Blurb has 725,000 paying customers... By the end of 2010, it paid a cumulative total of $2 million in mark-ups to its authors.”
“DESIGNERS. PHOTOGRAPHERS. If the generic look and feel of many photo books have kept you from seriously considering producing a brand book, client presentation, or personal portfolio, check out the new ProLine of books from Blurb.com. The line was specifically created for creative professionals who to distinguish themselves not only through the content of their books, but also in their choice of materials.”
“Blurb, a veteran self-publishing startup for do-it-yourself book makers, is launching Blurb Mobile for iPhone and iPod Touch Thursday to let users tell stories in a whole new way.”
“Eileen Gittins, Founder and CEO of Blurb - Make your own book with Blurb online. Create photo books, wedding books and more. Design and publish professional quality books to keep, give or sell.”
“In 2004, with the publishing world racing to embrace digital platforms as its ticket to the future, Eileen Gittins proposed a business plan that moved in the opposite direction. She wanted to give ordinary people the ability to design and produce their own bound, bookstore-quality books. Publishers and investors were skeptical. But seven years later, Blurb, the San Francisco–based company that emerged from Gittins's contrarian vision, has grown into a runaway success.”
“What we want people to understand is, this is not a scrapbook, this is not a photo album, this is not a handmade craft thing,” said Eileen Gittins, the chief executive of Blurb. “All of those things are very lovely in their own right. But we make you a real book.”
“Blurb has a downloadable app called BookSmart that lets people create high-quality photo books. Today it introduced an online tool, Bookify, for those who want to create a book without bothering with downloads. Eileen Gittins says Blurb users will be able to dramatically cut down on the time it takes to create albums via the online tool.”
“Even the most digital of companies sometimes want to meet customers face to face. Blurb, Inc, the San Francisco-based self-publisher, is opening a pop-up store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood this month. Blurb plans on using its temporary store to offer free workshops to budding authors Oct. 21 through Oct. 31.”
“As a photo editor, I never thought very highly about the custom photo books available online. Then, over the past year, photographers started submitting a whole new class of professional-looking books of their work from a company called Blurb. The finished volumes were so good-looking that I had to make one for myself. The results were so impressive that when I gave a copy to my wife’s parents, they mistook it for something we picked up from Barnes and Noble. When they saw our names on the cover, they burst into tears.”
“Scrapbooks are sweet, but a professionally-bound, coffee-table-worthy volume of family vacation pictures? Now that’s stunning. It’s easier than you think. Just use blurb.com’s foolproof program to upload snapshots (adding captions if you like) and a week later your book will arrive in the mail.”
“The minute I meet Eileen I like her.[...] I want to know more about her story. How did she get from being ‘an artist at heart’ to one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in San Francisco generating $45m in revenue in 2009 and shipping 1.2 million books to more than 60 countries?”
“Most photo book retailers offer similar design software and products but Blurb really stood out as the leader in the market. By offering a unique self-publishing platform and the ability to print books from PDFs, Blurb is the best option for enthusiasts and pros alike.”
"The point of this company is not that we're selling 20 books, each of which sell 30,000 copies, but we're doing 30,000 books each of which sells 20 copies. [...] So Blurb becomes a really great outlet for those people who are trying to either break in to build an audience or are publishing because of personal passion."
"The Blurb for Good platform, which is open to everyone, not only lets web users create original books using its Blurb BookSmart software, it also ensures they can give 100 percent of all profit generated to charity."
"With the advent of self-publishing platforms like Blurb, it’s never been easier to print your own book. Blurb helps people print beautiful on-demand versions of books without the headaches, longshots, and wasteful printings of major publishers […] Blurb for Good not only helps people and nonprofits publish books in an aesthetically-pleasing, cost-effective way, but also includes opportunities to help raise money for those nonprofits. […] Seems like a fantastic resource for the DIY and socially conscious sets among us."
"Blurb for Good, a platform that enables citizen philanthropists and nonprofits to create and use books as a means to generate awareness, goodwill and monies for social causes, was announced by Blurb, San Francisco, Calif. […] Blurb for Good leverages the benefits of the Blurb platform, making it easy to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality books, using Blurb’s award-winning Blurb BookSmart software."
"Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the launch of Blurb for Good, a platform that enables citizen philanthropists and nonprofits to create and use books as a means to generate awareness, goodwill and monies for social causes."
"Blurb, a creative publishing and marketing platform for user-created book publishers, has announced Blurb for Good, a new platform designed to enable philanthropists and nonprofit organisations and individuals to create and use books as a means to generate awareness, goodwill and income for social causes."
"The vision for Blurb has always been inclusive of a platform for social good,” said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO, Blurb. ’Even before the launch of Blurb for Good, we have seen authors use the Blurb platform to sell over 17,000 cause-related books and raise over $500,000. Blurb for Good provides a means to supercharge efforts to use Blurb books as a means of raising awareness and generating funds for a specific cause.”