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Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early 2000s, Eileen Gittins, Blurbs’ Founder, rekindled a passion for photography while trying to figure out her next career gig.
She wanted to compile her photos into a nice coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies. The conundrum was that every publisher was quoting her hundreds of dollars for each book! She found this curious – and frustrating. So she asked herself, are there other people like me who want to affordably create their own high-quality book from their photos? The answer, of course, was yes, and it changed her life – and book publishing – forever.
In 2006, Eileen launched Blurb, a simple book-designing platform and a publishing process that could quickly produce beautifully made books at game-changing price.
- Photo books
- Magazines, and more
Blurb doesn’t just help people make books and magazines, they also help market them by providing publishers with their own dedicated sales page. Blurb’s dedicated sales pages allows authors to:
- Make their book or magazine available to the public or by invitation-only
- Write a compelling book description
- Customize a preview of their book
- Share their book with others on social media
Blurb also created their publishing platform to work seamlessly with Amazon and Apple iBooks Store so authors would have even more options for how they sell their books.
There are so many remarkable things to share about Blurb – too much for just one post! So keep an eye out for next week’s post because I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Blurb tools and tips — which, if you’re like me, will leave you thinking … “I didn’t know Blurb could do all that!”
Oh! And now through 4/28, you can get 20% off ANY book you create!
What kind of book will you create?
I have never used Blurb myself, but if I did I would create a photo book, I love that it’s so easy. Thank you for sharing this review.
I didn’t know what it was. That would be a nice gift to give, if you’re a good cook, put together a cookbook to pass on to the kids. Much more organized than scraps of paper with recipes written down. Those often get lost.
I love how this was an accident turned success. Great story behind it.
Thanks so much for the Terrific Review on What is Blurb? Get 20% Off! I have heard of Blurb, however, never really knew exactly what it was or was used for! Now I know! Learned something new! I’m one of those people, who take their camera with them somewhere and totally forget to take a picture! I’m just not in the “take a picture” mode all the time and tend to forget! I don’t even have any updated pictures of my grandchildren! That’s how bad I am! So, needless to say, I don’t have an awful lot of things which I can combine into a book! Maybe someday soon, now that summer is coming, I’ll start remembering the camera!! Thanks for sharing your terrific review and all the information on What is Blurb? Get 20% Off with all of us! I honestly do appreciate it and look forward to your next review on Blurb as well! Thanks again! Michele 🙂
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Sounds like a great company.
This is a great idea. I am happy it is so user friendly because I am a little computer illiterate. Thank you so much for sharing this
This creative and smart. Nice to see a fun story.
Blurb sounds amazing! What a great idea! Hopefully someday I will have a happy accident too! lol