Blurb Announces Print Partnership with Scribd
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.
“Taking Scribd documents into book form will elevate the impact and importance of the content itself,” said Eileen Gittins, Founder and CEO of Blurb. “Whereas other print forms are intended to be consumed, books have a valuable and extremely long shelf life. Blurb and Scribd have already identified over 1 million documents on the Scribd site that users can Bookify™ and turn into affordable, professional quality books.”
Key consumer benefits of the Blurb/Scribd partnership include:
- Professional-quality publishing – Blurb’s Global Print Network delivers high-quality printing and a bookstore-quality published book.
- No order minimum – Order one or many books.
- Affordable – Prices start at $12.95. Volume discounts begin with orders of 10 books or more.
- Fast turnaround – Blurb ships your book directly to your doorstep within 7–10 business days.
Blurb plans to open its platform to additional content partners when it makes its API public in the near future.
Earlier this year, Blurb reported record growth in 2009 with sales of more than $45 million. The company created and shipped more than 1.2 million books in 2009.
Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the power of designed books — in both print and ebook form. Blurb’s indie publishing platform is simple yet flexible enough to make everyone an author — every blogger, cook, designer, photographer, entrepreneur, poet, everyone. Founded by Eileen Gittins in 2005 and funded by Canaan Partners and Anthem Venture Partners, the Blurb platform enables everyone to independently publish, share, market, and distribute their work. Blurb’s portfolio of free software tools include Blurb’s BookWright, BookSmart, and Bookify in addition to a plug-in for Adobe InDesign® plus full integration into Adobe Lightroom®. With over one million book creators and more than 2.8 million unique titles published to date, Blurb is re-imagining what books can and should be in the 21st century — and who gets to create them.