Blurb Enables Instant Instagram Books
San Francisco, Calif. — July 19, 2011 — Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced a new and unique integration that enables Instagram users to quickly and easily turn their photos into professional-quality books. The Blurb integration automatically increases the resolution of Instagram camera phone images to ensure they will print beautifully. The 7x7 inch square format books are ideal for the square Instagram images, with pricing starting at under $11.
The integration provides Instagram users a way to capture the fleeting moments commonly shared on mobile phones into tangible objects of great beauty – for memory keeping, gift-giving, sharing or selling via the Blurb Bookstore.
“The more than 5 million passionately creative Instagram users deserve a quick and simple way to convert their photos into books as beautifully crafted as their images,” said Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb. “No two Blurb books are alike – not only is each user’s content unique, but customers can also choose from 3 cover types and 5 different paper choices to make their Instagram books their own.”
To create a book, users simply sign into their Instagram account on the Blurb website. The most popular image, based on the number of Instagram “likes”, is added to the cover. The most recent photos are then autoflowed into a book that can be previewed and purchased or edited using Blurb’s online bookmaking tool, Bookify. This seamless experience, from mobile phone snapshot to the high quality printing and photo optimization Blurb offers, is unmatched.
The key features of the integration include:
- Streamlined flow makes it possible to make a book in a couple of clicks.
- Automatic image optimization to ensure high print quality.
- Full creative control to edit, personalize and customize your book.
- The option to share and sell your book from the Blurb.com bookstore.
Blurb® is a self-publishing platform and creative community that enables individuals to design, publish, share, sell, and distribute photo books, trade books, and magazines in both print and digital formats across the globe using its free, innovative book creation and layout tools. Founded in 2005 by Executive Chairman, Eileen Gittins, Blurb has nearly 2 million independent book authors worldwide, resulting in 3.9 million unique book titles, with more than 14 million units shipped to 80 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.blurb.com.