March 08, 2016
Blurb, Inc., the leading creative book and magazine self-publishing platform, announced two key additions to its executive leadership team with the hiring of Elizabeth (Liz) Allen as Chief Marketing Officer and Kelly Leach as Senior Vice President/General Manager.
January 12, 2016
Blurb, Inc., the leading creative book and magazine self-publishing platform, announced today the appointment of Todd Larsen as Chief Executive Officer. Larsen succeeds Founder and CEO Eileen Gittins, who becomes executive chairman of the board of directors and an advisor to the company.
October 08, 2015
The Design Observer in partnership with Blurb, has announced the release of four new print publications as part of their new imprint, Observer Editions. The four publications include three books and one magazine. Design Observer is the leading international online forum for news and commentary about design, urbanism, social innovation, and visual culture. The publications draw from the rich archive of Design Observer content as well as the winners of the prestigious AIGA Fifty Books, Fifty Covers competition. The collection includes: Massimo Vignelli, Collected Writings; William Drenttel, Collected Writings; The Quarterly: Volume One, and Fifty Books, Fifty Covers 2014.
October 07, 2015
Blurb, Inc., the creative book and magazine publishing platform, is sponsoring “Gay Food 101: An Oral History,” a discussion of queerness and food. “Gay Food 101” will take place Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Berg’n in Brooklyn, NY. “Gay Food 101” will explore the intersection of gay culture and food culture, in restaurants, aesthetics and food media. The event will feature a moderated conversation between diverse voices in the community, including Oakland-based writer John Birdsall and Sarah Keough, New York-based photographer, editor and publisher of “Put A Egg On It.”
May 13, 2015
Blurb, Inc., the creative book and magazine publishing platform, today announced that Robin Carr and Susan Rimerman have joined the marketing team. Carr comes aboard as the Director of Communications and Rimerman as Director of Market Development for Creative Pro/Arts.
May 06, 2015
Blurb, Inc., the independent book and magazine publishing platform, today announced an important new partnership with Design Observer, the leading international online publication for news and commentary about design, urbanism, social innovation, and visual culture. The partnership launches with the Thesis Book Project, an initiative to recognize exceptionally designed student books produced and printed on demand by Bachelor’s and Master’s degree candidates, to share their thesis books using the Blurb tools and platform.
November 07, 2014
Blurb’s Vetted Dream Team Now Available To Help Authors And Businesses Publish Their Own Books And Magazines
Blurb, the independent book and magazine publishing platform, today announced Dream Team, a marketplace of creative industry professionals with expertise in copy editing, developmental editing, book design, art direction, illustration, photography, cover design, ghostwriting, ebook conversion, and more. Authors and businesses can now assemble their perfect team of collaborators to help them both complete their projects and improve them along the way. Higher quality books and magazines will drive more demand and promotional opportunities, ultimately increasing sales and revenue for Blurb authors. Businesses of all sizes will benefit by producing branded books and magazines that help meet critical deadlines and are highly professional.
October 28, 2014
Blurb Launches Coffee & Quill Society to Support Writers Taking on the National Novel Writing Month Challenge
Blurb, the indie book and magazine publishing platform, today announced its partnership with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a nonprofit that helps inspire anyone with a story to tell to write a full novel every year during the month of November. Blurb has established the Blurb Coffee & Quill Society in support of NaNoWriMo and its participants throughout this month-long creative writing challenge.
August 19, 2014
Blurb Launches Lower Priced Trade Books, Global Distribution via Ingram, and Output to Reflowable Ebooks for Amazon Kindle
Blurb, the indie book and magazine publishing platform, today announced three new standard Trade Book sizes, a global retail distribution collaboration with Ingram Content Group, and output to reflowable ebooks for all Amazon Kindle devices and Kindle readers. These milestones represent key pieces of Blurb’s ongoing mission to democratize publishing.
August 06, 2014
Former Dire Straits Guitarist Taps Blurb Self-Publishing Platform for Passion Project Celebrating Healdsburg Food Scene
Blurb, the indie book and magazine publishing platform, today announced that former Dire Straits’ guitarist, Jack Sonni, has published his first book, Gatherings, using the Blurb self-publishing platform.
May 28, 2014
Blurb Enables Its Authors to Create and Publish on Kindle/Amazon, Enters Into Global Distribution With Ingram, and Offers Competitively Priced Trade Book Line
Blurb, the independent publishing platform, historically known for highly illustrated print and ebooks, today announced support for “reflowable” fiction/non-fiction titles for Amazon’s Kindle platform, as well as the ability for Blurb authors to sell these books in Amazon’s Kindle store.
May 27, 2014
Blurb, the indie book and magazine publishing platform, today announced that it has hired key members of the former Graphicly team, including Graphicly’s co-founder Micah Baldwin. Graphicly was an early pioneer in ebook creation for illustrated books, such as comics, graphic novels and children’s books, delivering rich tools and services to market. The team is joining Blurb immediately, and will significantly accelerate the company’s development of ebook and graphic publishing.
BLURB CLARIFICATION: We appreciate the great coverage that TechCrunch provided for this release, but, as has been corrected on other sites across the web, we’d like to take this opportunity on our own site to clarify that Blurb did not acquire the Graphicly company (meaning their products, customers, revenue, technology, assets, etc.) but rather hired some of the former Graphicly employees after their Board closed down the company and let their staff go.
May 06, 2014
Blurb, the indie book publishing platform, today announced that it has been named the Corporate Award recipient by the George Eastman House at its second annual Light & Motion Gala in New York City.
May 05, 2014
Blurb, the indie book publishing platform, today announced that MagCloud, HP's web-based publishing platform, will become part of Blurb under a licensing agreement between the companies. The move allows current MagCloud customers access to Blurb's full line of print and digital products for magazines and books, and shows Blurb's commitment to taking indie publishing beyond the book into the burgeoning world of indie magazines.
April 22, 2014
Blurb, the indie book publishing platform, today announced an easier, smarter book design and distribution service that includes direct Amazon distribution, a new precision design tool called Blurb BookWright™, with ISBN numbers included for free. ISBN numbers are available for free via Blurb BookWright and Adobe InDesign creation tools as well as via Amazon distribution.
March 31, 2014
Blurb Innovates Print for Self Publishers Enabling Lower Cost Offset Printing, Agile Fulfillment and New Book Customization Options
Blurb, the indie book publishing platform, today announced offset book printing, short term book warehousing and fulfillment, plus a slate of new options for making books truly custom.
January 06, 2014
Blurb, self-publishing platform provider, today announced an additional integration with Samsung Electronics to power professional quality book and magazine creation for the free downloadable Story Album app in Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy Tablets - Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO (8.4, 10.1, 12.2).
March 20, 2013
Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, today introduces the Designer Collection, a new series of free-to-use book templates that instantly transform simple photo books into professionally designed and beautiful productions. Unlike being locked into cookie-cutter wedding, travel, or family book themes, users can choose from a series of six stylish templates, each suitable for multiple occasions.
March 14, 2013
Blurb announces a global partnership with Samsung for auto-creating stunning photo books and magazines
Samsung GALAXY S 4 users can now instantly convert their digital photos into rich print memories that last a lifetime
November 06, 2012
Global Publishing Platform Blurb Expands High-Quality Print Options to Include Magazines and Brochures
Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, today released two additions to its on-demand print products – Magazines and Brochures. These new products, available via an Adobe® InDesign® plug-in, combine print-on-demand flexibility with quality and design capabilities to meet the individual needs of consumers and businesses, regardless of how big or small the job.
September 17, 2012
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.
March 14, 2012
Blurb® the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced that 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. Author demand to self-publish books of all kinds continues to rise: Blurb’s customer base grew by 44% in 2011, and the company shipped more than 1.8M books to 69 countries. The success of Blurb authors reinforces the market readiness for the self-publishing model.
March 05, 2012
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced that its collaboration with Adobe Systems to enable streamlined bookmaking within Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4, is now available to all. The integration offers a seamless experience by providing the tools directly within Lightroom 4 “Book module” to create professional-quality photography books, coupled with a direct link to Blurb.com for printing, marketing and distribution. During the public beta period, which kicked off on January 9, Lightroom customers made more than 1000 unique Blurb books using the integrated Lightroom workflow.
January 10, 2012
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced a further collaboration with Adobe Systems, with the integration of bookmaking into the public beta of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 now available. The integration offers a seamless experience by providing the tools directly within Lightroom 4 to create professional-quality photography books, coupled with a direct link to Blurb.com for printing, marketing and distribution.
October 18, 2011
Blurb, the creative publishing platform, today announced the introduction of ebooks for Apple’s iPad® and iPhone®. Not only are the Blurb ebooks truly optimized to display images and text beautifully, they are created using Blurb’s easy-to-use bookmaking tools, Bookify™ and BookSmart®. Moreover, any book previously created with these tools can now be output as an ebook, automatically, with a click of a button.
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.
June 21, 2011
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the release of their plug-in for Adobe® InDesign®. The plug-in, compatible with CS3, 4 and 5, will allow users to easily generate any of Blurb’s hundreds of page and cover templates right within InDesign and greatly improves the export and PDF-to-Book upload process—providing users with a more streamlined bookmaking experience.
May 05, 2011
Today, Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, announces the launch of ProLine, a range of unique, premium print offerings that will appeal to professionals and enthusiasts alike.
April 27, 2011
Blurb, the global creative publishing platform today announced its new mobile publishing application, Blurb Mobile. Designed to enable easy and fast story creation using rich media content, including photos, videos and audio, the stories can be shared via the author’s existing social networking channels (including Facebook and Twitter), by email, or via their own Blurb channel.
October 20, 2010
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced it will open a pop-up store this month in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Blurb Pop-Up/NYC will be situated at 60 Mercer Street and will be open between October 21 and October 31, 2010, from 11:00AM – 7:00PM daily.
October 19, 2010
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the release of Blurb Bookify™, an online bookmaking tool designed to streamline the creation of beautiful, high-quality photo books. Within Bookify, users will find a curated collection of the most popular layouts, fonts, and design elements for book creation. Additionally, users will be able to drag and drop images directly onto a page and the page will design itself. Bookify is the latest addition to Blurb’s complete suite of bookmaking tools.
August 24, 2010
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the company was ranked No. 47 on the annual Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Blurb was also ranked by Inc. as the fastest growing company in the media category and was ranked among the top five fastest growing women-led companies.
August 09, 2010
Mary Tillman’s Book, "Boots on the Ground By Dusk: Searching for Answers in the Death of Pat Tillman," Launches in Paperback with Explosive New Foreword
Blurb today announced the paperback release of Boots on the Ground By Dusk: Searching for Answers in the Death of Pat Tillman, a book by Mary Tillman with Narda Zacchino. The book chronicles the life and death of Pat Tillman, and the family’s unrelenting efforts to uncover the truth about his death in Afghanistan. The book is available for the first time in paperback at www.blurb.com/bootsontheground ($16.95). It features an explosive new foreword by Mary Tillman describing the family’s ongoing appeals to President Obama, the Pentagon, and members of Congress, including Senator John McCain, to get to the bottom of what happened and hold accountable the senior military officials responsible for the cover-up of Pat’s death.
June 29, 2010
Photography Book Now, the international juried competition that recognizes the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books, is issuing a final call for entries before the submission deadline on July 15, 2010. Now in its third year, Photography Book Now celebrates the very best in self-published photography books and the photographers behind them.
June 24, 2010
Blurb today announced it will publish in paperback Boots on the Ground by Dusk, the book by Mary Tillman with Narda Zacchino that shares the story of Pat Tillman’s life and the family’s unrelenting efforts to uncover the truth about his death in Afghanistan after he was killed by his fellow soldiers in a friendly fire incident. The book will be available for sale on July 29, 2010. Customers can visit www.blurb.com/bootsontheground to sign up to receive an email alert when the book is available.
June 09, 2010
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, is calling for submissions to the official Cannes Lions event wrap book,Cannes Captured 2010. Available at the end of July, Cannes Captured 2010 will collate all of this year’s event highlights and will include submissions from attendees themselves.
June 08, 2010
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.
April 22, 2010
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the launch of Blurb BookShow™, which enables authors to share their books in an experiential format wherever they are online – on Facebook, their blog, a web site, etc. Additionally, Blurb BookShow has been optimized for viewing on the iPad, leveraging Apple’s multi-touch experience without the need to download an application.
April 22, 2010
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist and "Denver Post" Reporters Publish “Ian Fisher: American Soldier” in a Blurb Book
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced the launch of “Ian Fisher: American Soldier” which features the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning photography of Craig F. Walker. The 106-page book chronicles Ian Fisher’s recruitment, induction, training, year-long deployment to Iraq and, finally, his return from combat. The book is a collaborative effort by a group of Denver Post reporters and includes more than 100 photographs captured by Walker.
April 14, 2010
Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced a partnership with Scribd, the world’s largest social publishing and reading site. Scribd’s users can now easily and affordably turn their written and illustrated works on the site into professional quality books using Blurb. The partnership leverages Blurb’s API to instantly convert content uploaded to Scribd into book form, meaning consumers can complete an order for a book within minutes.
March 30, 2010
Photography Book Now 2010 is now open for entries. Now in its third year, this international-juried competition, presented by Blurb, celebrates the very best in self-published photography books and the photographers behind them. The competition features a grand prize of $25,000. Entries will be accepted in three categories – Fine Art, Editorial, and Photography Portfolio. The finalists’ books in each category will become part of the permanent collections at the International Center of Photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography and the George Eastman House.
February 23, 2010
Blurb today reported record growth in 2009 as consumers and creative professionals worldwide turned to Blurb as their preferred publishing platform to create, publish, share and sell professional-quality books. The company, which is profitable, achieved more than 50% year-over-year revenue growth with 2009 sales of more than $45 million. Blurb created and shipped more than 1.2 million books in 2009 – more volume than the company had shipped in total since its launch in 2006.