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.
Samsung GALAXY S 4 users can now instantly convert their digital photos into rich print memories that last a lifetime
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blurb, the global creative publishing platform today announced the launch of a new book type offering, the Notebook, helping customers easily create one-of-a-kind personalized journals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2010 Archived Releases
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blurb today announced the addition of two senior executives to its management team. Jim Taschetta has joined Blurb as Chief Marketing Officer and Mark Lambert has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer.
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.
2009 Archived Releases
Blurb® has announced its partnership with Movember, the moustache-growing charity campaign, to launch the first official Movember book, Eurotash – A Journey to the ends of the upper lip.
In a first-time collaboration, Blurb® and Entertainment Tonight co-host Mark Steines today announced the launch of a new book,See the Light – A Passage to Sierra Leone. The 120-page book, a photographic journey by Mark Steines, is available for purchase in the Blurb Bookstore. All profits from sales of the book will go directly to Lighthouse Medical Missions.
Blurb today announced the release of Blurb BookSmart® 2.5, available for download now at www.blurb.com. BookSmart 2.5 includes many new features that give the Blurb community even more control in the customization of their book layouts; improved guidance and workflow during book creation; and increased stability of the application itself.