Volume 2014, Issue 9

Have books,
will travel

 

If you’ve ever been to a Blurb event, you know that we love to bring the inspiration in the form of a lot of books. Most events require around 30 to 50 books, but for The Blurb Indie Author Café at the London Author Fair, we’re bringing over one hundred.

How do we choose which books to bring? Simple. We’re always looking for the absolute best examples of books by Blurb authors to inspire a particular audience. For Altitude Design Summit’s blogging crowd we focused on books by bloggers: Poppy Haus, Designed to Blog, and First Thoughts, to name a few. For the London Author Fair, we combed our library looking for books that—first and foremost—tell a good story well.

We looked for text-rich books (of course), so we’re bringing around 40 works of fiction and non-fiction in our text-friendly Trade and Pocket sizes. But we were also looking for the kinds of stories that authors can only tell with Blurb: The beautifully illustrated kind. So we’re also bringing graphic novels, comics, illustrated children’s stories, photojournalism, cookbooks, photo essays, travel books, magazines, enhanced ebooks, screenplays, manuscript reproductions, and a whole host of books that defy categorization—but that impress us with their words and imagery.

“But we were also looking for the kinds of stories that authors can only tell with Blurb: The beautifully illustrated kind.”

So, basically, we got to look at some really incredible books.

For some of these books the author is also the illustrator, photographer, and designer. But, for many, it’s a collaborative affair. A short story is turned into a graphic novel, a photographer reimagines a poem in a series of drawings, a writer creates an accompaniment to a box full of found photos (a collaboration that spans time).

So we’ve also packed up copies of Refueled 12, 4 Story, Cassette, and Diario del Peru, just to name a few. We’ll unpack them in London and stock the shelves of our café. And when the event is done and the last cup of coffee is poured, we’ll pack them up again and bring them home.

It’s a lot of schlepping, but it’s also one of the best parts of being Blurb.