"Blurb says that while it’s not uncommon for self-publishers to sell promising manuscripts up the chain to larger publishers, this is the first deal to send submissions in the other direction: from the discard pile of a traditional publishing house to an online bookstore where authors pay to have their books printed and sent off into the real world."
"Blurb’s BookSmart technology lets anyone with modest computer and design experience create commercial-quality books by dragging and dropping images and adding text to professionally designed page layouts. And by modest we mean that your dad could manage it, even if he hasn’t yet worked out how to use his mobile!"
"Using the drag-and-drop-type BookSmart software that you can download from the Blurb website for free, you can design your own Blurb book on whatever subject takes your fancy."
"... other things, like the cover, the spine, the jacket flaps and title page, all come with easy to use templates that made the final project look just like something you’d find on a bookstore shelf."
"With Blurb BookSmart software, which runs on Macs and PCs, photographers can easily and economically create a book. ... Self-publishing shooters can even use the software to market their book on the Internet."
"One of the reasons we were successful raising $$ was our position that the current book market is throttled by the tyranny of retail economics – if the tools to create and market professional quality books were truly available to everyone, how big could the book business be?"
"I’m one of those people, and I think there are many people who are entrepreneurs who are like this, who are naturally competitive. The minute someone told me that I was not management material was the day that I decided that I was going to be the CEO of a company."
"But perhaps the biggest opportunity that Blurb offers photographers who want to do more than show off their skills in print is the ability to sell their books through Blurb’s own bookstore. Photographers set their own price and receive all of the profits after printing costs."
"Blurb’s announcements and enhancements point to a countervailing reality to the digital world. Consumers still crave the tactile, visual experience of print. Blurb does an amazing job of bridging the two worlds."
"According to [Eileen] Gittins, Blurb will be the new exclusive provider of photo books for Flickr. Blurb, a DIY book printing service has added a Flickr widget to its desktop client which grabs the users photostream."
"On Monday, it becomes official. Blurb.com, which offers do-it-yourself bookmaking, and photo-sharing site Flickr are teaming up to help consumers jazz up their self-publishing efforts."
"Now, a young Henry Miller could use new Internet companies like Blurb.com... Blurb also allows authors to sell their works on its in-house bookstore, printing copies as new orders come in, and to charge a markup so they can make a profit. The company sends out a check every time an author earns $25 or more.”
"For most photographers, doing a ‘real’ book is a huge undertaking,” said [Daniel] Milnor. "How much time and energy do you want to spend to lure in a publisher? When blurb came along, it sent a bit of a shock wave. ... Everybody is scrambling to make these books.” [Subscription required] c
"Blurb, like other publishing websites such as Lulu and Picaboo, is producing its share of baby books, family-recipe cookbooks and wedding albums. But its most enthusiastic users are drawn to the company’s extensive design tools. Stone Yamashita Partners, a consulting firm in San Francisco, recently published a 300-page book detailing the kind of strategy work it does with clients. ‘Blurb provided the highest quality with the quickest turnaround we could find,’ says David Glickman, principal at the firm, ‘as well as the flexibility and control over the look, the feel and the flow.’”
"Verdict: Photo book software is pretty easy to use. So to differentiate, companies like Blurb are offering a great price and lots of options, like different sizes and types of books. Blurb’s quality and fast shipping was a bonus. I didn’t expect it to look so professional.”
"Blurb’s BookSmart software is a free, fully functional layout program. Designing your book – if you are so inspired – can take many hours. But once it’s finished and uploaded to Blurb, there’s very little human interaction. ‘We’re the cleanest business (that) printing has ever seen,’ Gittins says. ‘There are no proofs, just finished books.’ ”
"Not unlike the iPhone, Blurb uses technology to help us do more with the old stuff we enjoy so much. ”
"It’s more likely, though, that writers will flock to Blurb because it reduces the risk associated with self-publishing.”
"Most of the Blurb users will never write a manuscript. They have stuff, pictures, recipes, stories, something they would like to compile into a book that looks beautiful,” said Eileen Gittins, chief executive of Blurb. "We are democratizing publishing for every man.”
"Other self-publishing options exist on the Web, most notably iUniverse, but they are aimed at novelists, while Blurb looks to folks who want to make illustrated books.”
"Co-Host Brad Forsythe interviews Eileen Gittins, Founder, President and CEO of Blurb on the democratization of publishing for the rest of us.”
"For the past two years I’ve been producing high-quality books in very small quantities using several different services. I’ve shown these finished books around to many people, including those in the New York publishing industry and media, and everyone has agreed the quality is first class.”
"Blurb is aiming at a market of ‘nontraditional authors,’ like photographers, artists or bloggers, who want to make their books available in small print runs through Blurb’s online bookstore.”
"If iPhoto and Adobe InDesign met at a library and fell in love, BookSmart might be their offspring.”
Public Radio’s Dr. Moira Gunn gets the scoop from Blurb CEO Eileen Gittins on the impulse to bookify, Blurbarians, quacking ducks, and getting your grandfather published.
"It used to require an army of middlemen to publish a book.”
"It’s a fresh shot across the bow to traditional publishers in an industry already facing disruptive changes from digital giants Google and Amazon.”
"Soon those old-fogy relatives of yours who still don’t have Internet access (or even a computer) will be able to experience the brilliance of your blog without compromising their Luddite principals.”
Mr. Mandel, 56, put his book together himself with free software from Blurb.com. The 119-page edition is printed on coated paper, bound with a linen fabric hard cover, and then wrapped with a dust jacket. Anyone who wants one can buy it for $37.95, and Blurb will make a copy just for that buyer.