2010 Archived Releases
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.
Blurb today introduced its new flat-rate shipping option, available immediately to customers worldwide. Flat-rate shipping significantly reduces the shipping costs for customers ordering between 1 to 5 books – using U.S. Ground or International Economy options.
Blurb seeks entries for the first-ever Best Blurb Books contest. Photo books can be entered at www.blurb.com/photo-book-contest in one of three categories — family, pets, or travel — for a shot at one of three $3,000 grand prizes or one of three $1,000 runner-up prizes. Submissions will be accepted through October 22, 2009.
Rafal Milach, a professional photographer from Warsaw, Poland, was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in the second annual Photography.Book.Now competition for his photography book, Black Sea of Concrete. Mr. Milach’s work was chosen as the most creative, most innovative and finest self-published photography book by an esteemed panel of judges in a competition featuring more than 2,400 entries from 50 countries around the world.
Blurb® has partnered with Twestival, a global series of events organized by volunteers, to bring people together for a great cause. Blurb and Twestival will publish the first-ever Twestival Global Event book, featuring the stories of the 150 participating cities and their event organizers. Each event will have a two-page spread in the book to tell their story and showcase their official Twestival charity.
Blurb® today announced the release of PDF to Book, available immediately. The new PDF to Book workflow gives creative professionals complete creative control to design books using the application of their choice, save the file as a PDF, and upload it directly to Blurb.
Blurb®, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books, today announced the release of Blurb BookSmart® 2.0, and introduced its new 12x12 Large Square book offering, available immediately.
Blurb® today announced its sponsorship of The Obama Time Capsule, created by photojournalist Rick Smolan. The Obama Time Capsule features images from more than 140 professional photographers, graphics from renowned infographic designer Nigel Homes and essays from General Colin Powell, Joe Klein, Auma Obama and Arianna Huffington, among others.
Esteemed photographer Larry Fink today announced his latest book, "Night at the Met," published using creative publishing and marketing platform Blurb®. Fink, who has been awarded two Guggenheim fellowships and two National Endowment of the Arts grants, produced the book in collaboration with Fotovision, a Bay Area nonprofit created to support photographers interested in documenting the world.
In an unprecedented collaboration between a musical group and its fans, iconic rock band The DEAD — featuring original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann — and longtime Grateful Dead photographer Jay Blakesberg have teamed with creative publishing and marketing platform Blurb® to create professional-quality concert books to commemorate The DEAD’s 2009 U.S. tour.
The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition today announced a prestigious panel of jurors for its photography book competition. Hewlett-Packard will award the $25,000 Grand Prize, leading a distinguished group of sponsors.
Inspired by their popular HIDDEN KITCHENS series on NPR's Morning Edition, Hidden Kitchens Texas is a colorful, action-packed road trip exploring Texas through food — told by people who find it, grow it, cook it, eat it, sell it, share it, and celebrate with it.
The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition seeks entries for its second annual competition celebrating self-published photography books and the photographers behind them.
With nearly one million books produced, over 750,000 registered users, and a global footprint that extends to 60 countries, Blurb continues to experience high growth amidst challenging economic times.
2008 Archived Releases
New premium offering supports creative professionals and professional photographers
Deeper integration between Blurb and HP delivers superior print quality and consistency; critical to Blurb’s professional market
Winners chosen from over 2,000 photography book submissions in the competition’s first year
Andrew Zolli, innovation thought leader and branding expert, continues Board service
B3 features a custom workflow, finely tuned print accuracy, and flexible support options for professionals and businesses
Jon Wisler, Former European Director of Kodak Gallery (aka Ofoto), Named VP and General Manager of Blurb Europe
Images now printed directly on the front and back of any hardcover Blurb book