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This idea was founded by Eileen Gittins in 2005 when she wanted to publish a photography book of her own but did not want to have to spend a fortune to do so. In just one short year the concepts came together, the universe said yes, and Blurb was launched. It was the world’s first platform for, printing, publishing, and creating independent books. They vowed to make Blurb better than all the other photo book-publishing companies.
They use the all premium paper stock, archival-quality binding, and other amazing features to ensure that their books are bookstore-quality. Within a very short time frame the concept took off and all of the people that were once in the same position as Eileen now had a solution to their problems. People started making photo books, cookbooks, children’s books, travel books, and an endless variety of novels. Blurb stands out from other companies due to the foundations laid and fine tuned by true book-making experts. They allow users access to tools such as BookWright and help you to get your book selling on Amazon is that is what you choose to do. They strive to help all writers, photographers, storytellers, chefs, and people like you everywhere to make amazing, mind blowing, and professional books together.
Blurb.com and its sister site Blurb.co.uk have a number of powerful tools that help you format and publish your book. These include a desktop tool called BookSmart, or you can use their online tool called Bookify. They have also developed plugins for Adobe InDesign and Adobe Lightroom, allowing you to format your book using the popular software, but to Blurb's requirements.
A total of 7 book sizes are available, and you can also choose whether to have books printed in softcover or hardcover. You can even choose the grade of paper and bindings.
You can also create eBooks that are compatible across all popular devices, from Apple & Android, to Kindle and Windows.
Blurb's business model is fairly simple. When the book is published you can use their free marketing tools to get the word out, and you retain 100% of profit (minus printing costs) when the book sells.
For buyers Blurb.com functions as a typical online store, allowing you to browse self-published books by a wide variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction.
Blurb payment methods include Paypal, American Express, Discover, Visa, and Mastercard
Blurb aims to have stock arrive within 7 to 11 business days unless the order is for over 200 books in which case they estimate that the orders will take an additional 3 days. They offer 4 shipping options to most countries and also have tracking available upon request. They use FedEx, UPS, USPS, and in some instances, the local post. They offer a Blurb to Amazon option and in these cases the shipping rates will reflect those rates and terms at Amazon. They recommend a track-able option for your safety due to the fact that if there is no tracking number, they will be unable to assist in the recovery of your package if it were to go missing in transit. Blurb ships to the almost every country in the world.
If you are a buyer and wish to return a printed book because it is damaged or defective you must do so within 14 days of receipt, and you will be offered a replacement or refund. There is not currently a policy for returning eBooks because they can be so easily pirated.
If you are a self-publisher returns are only permitted if your printed books are damaged. Blurb is not responsible for editing the content.