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Blurb (publisher)

Blurb Inc.
Private
Industry Self-Publishing
Founded Incorporated 2005
Headquarters San Francisco, CA, USA
Key people Eileen Gittins, CEO
Products BookSmart®, Blurb Bookify™, Blurb plug-in for Adobe® InDesign®, Blurb Add-in for Microsoft Word®, Blurb book module in Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4
Employees 120
Website www.blurb.com

Blurb is a creative self-publishing platform that enables anyone to create, self-publish, promote, share, and sell his or her own print and ebooks. Blurb offers book-making tools for every skill level – from first-time book makers to experienced design professionals.

Blurb’s book-making tools include BookSmart (a downloadable tool), Bookify (an online tool), and Blurb’s plug-in for Adobe InDesign which allows book makers to design and upload their book’s PDF files from within InDesign itself. Blurb’s add-in for Microsoft Word allows book makers to go from manuscript to book easily.

Adobe’s Lightroom 4 has a built-in Book module that Lightroom users can use to create and upload their books directly to Blurb for printing or for creation in ebook form.

Blurb authors can promote and share their books and ebooks using Blurb’s free online marketing tools. They can also set their price and sell their books and ebooks in Blurb’s online bookstore. Authors retain 100% of their markup with printed books and 80% of their selling cost with ebooks. Blurb’s print-on-demand technology enables authors to print as few or as many books as they’d like, when they’d like. Blurb offers seven book sizes, hardcover and softcover options, and a range of premium and professional-grade papers and end sheets. Blurb ebooks are fixed format, enabling them to retain the same image and text placement when viewed on the Apple iPad® as in the printed book version.

The company was founded in 2004 by Eileen Gittins and funded by Canaan Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. Blurb's headquarters are located in San Francisco, California, though the company adamantly refuses to make any physical or mailing address available to customers.[1] Since its inception, Blurb has delivered more than 6 million books created by more than a half million customers. Blurb’s website is translated into 6 languages and the company ships to more than 70 countries and territories.

Time Magazine named Blurb one of 2006's "50 Coolest Web Sites,"[2] and the service has been featured in the New York Times,[3] Wired News,[4] USA Today,[5] and elsewhere.[6][7][8][9][10]

Awards

  • In April 2008, Blurb is nominated for A 2008 Webby Award[11]
  • In 2010, Blurb becomes 2010 IMA Award Winner.[12]
  • In May 2010, Blurb is named in Lead411's "2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies” list.[13]
  • In August 2010, Blurb is announced 2010 AOP Open Award Winner.[14]
  • The same month and year, the company makes the Inc 500 as #1 media company.[15]

References

External links

  • Blurb.com official website
  • Blurb.com official blog
  • Blurb.co.uk official UK website
  • Blurb.de official French website
  • Blurb.de official German website
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