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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”