Blurb, the indie book publishing platform, today announced an easier,
smarter book design and distribution service that includes direct Amazon
distribution, a new precision design tool called Blurb BookWright™, with
ISBN numbers included for free. ISBN numbers are available for free via
Blurb BookWright and Adobe InDesign creation tools as well as via Amazon
BookWright enables authors to design and publish print and ebooks from
the same file, at the same time, all in one place; it's the only free
software tool that does this.
With its new Blurb to Amazon distribution service, and its new book
design software, Blurb now offers the most extensive book creation and
distribution ecosystem for those who want to design, author, and publish
their own beautifully printed books and ebooks. Designing and
self-publishing using the Blurb platform has become the de facto choice
for indie book creators.
"Blurb BookWright and Blurb to Amazon distribution have both evolved
from years of learning, absorbing customer feedback, and the internal
desire to bring a fully featured book creation platform to all potential
authors," says Eileen Gittins, Blurb founder and CEO. "I've wanted to
make an announcement this simple and clear for years: Make your book
once and publish it anywhere, for print or for ebook. Today is that day,
and Blurb has become the indie author's best friend. We're fulfilling
our promise to bring publishing to everyone."
To find out more about Blurb's bookmaking and distribution options,
please visit http://www.blurb.com.
How does the Blurb to Amazon program work?
Blurb customers have long been able to market and sell books directly
from the Blurb Bookstore and via their own channels. Now, they can
market and sell their Blurb books on Amazon. Amazon's reach,
recognition, and search rankings will help Blurb authors reach a wide
audience, especially with specific and niche content.
The Blurb to Amzon workflow should be familiar to current Blurb
authors. Once their book is uploaded, the author selects the list price
for their book, then checks the box for Amazon distribution. Blurb takes
care of the setup, then prints the books and ships the orders. Profits
are distributed monthly via PayPal, and Amazon's standard fees apply to
Enrollment in the Blurb to Amazon program is free for an introductory
period, and includes options to include an ISBN number at no additional
charge. Thereafter, the setup fee will be $29.99 per book. Amazon
distribution launches with its U.S., UK, Canadian, and Australian
markets, with more EU domains becoming available by the end of the year.
"Our customers have told us very clearly that they want to make their
books available for sale at Amazon," said Gittins. "By giving Blurb
authors the ability to sell on Amazon, we're unlocking more potential
customers - and profit opportunities - for Blurb authors than ever
What's inside Blurb BookWright™
The new, free Blurb BookWright software means that aspiring book
designers no longer have to rely on professional design tools to make
their self-published books stand out. BookWright is the only free
software tool that allows authors to design and publish print and ebooks
from the same file, at the same time, all in one place.
Key features include professional design tools, plus:
Blurb BookWright™ is available for free at http://blurb.com/bookwright.
Adding an ISBN to a book has never been easier with Blurb. Customers no
longer have to go through another vendor to obtain an ISBN and can now
apply for one directly through Blurb. A single ISBN typically costs $125
when purchased through Bowker, the U.S. ISBN agency. But now, anyone who
creates a book using BookWright or Blurb's Adobe InDesign® plug-in, is
eligible for a free ISBN. A free ISBN also comes along with Amazon
Please visit http://www.Blurb.com
for more information about designing and publishing beautiful books
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.
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