Blurb, the independent publishing platform, historically known for highly illustrated print and ebooks, has announced that it now has the facility for Blurb authors to create and sell “reflowable” fiction and non-fiction titles for Amazon.com’s Kindle platform, as well as the ability to sell these books in Amazon.com’s Kindle store.
In addition to support for Kindle ebooks, Blurb has also entered into an agreement with Ingram Content Group so that Blurb authors can make their print books (authored in any language) available to tens of thousands of online and offline retailers globally. And for those authors who wish to maximize their profits from print books, Blurb also announces a new line of more competitively priced trade books including 5×8, 6×9, and 8×10 print-on-demand (POD) text-weight paper book formats.
“Authoring isn’t just for authors anymore,” said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of Blurb. “For the past 18 months we have been working behind the scenes to build out support for people who want to publish any kind of book – both print and ebooks – whether highly illustrated, or text-driven or a combination of the two. But “publish” doesn’t stop at the point of creation; authors need and want to get the widest possible audience and that means broader distribution and marketing support.”
With these releases the Blurb platform allows anyone to become an author, with free design tools and distribution services to publish both books and magazines in digital and print format, then sell via the Blurb Bookstore, Amazon, the iBookstore, or through Ingram’s comprehensive distribution channels. Blurb authors now have unprecedented freedom to share and sell their work across platforms and formats.
Blurb’s new extended publishing offering includes:
Enhanced creation tools: Blurb extends its support for authors who want to design and publish fiction and non-fiction titles as well as illustrated books by further enhancing its new precision design tool, BookWright, to import Rich Text Files (RTF) as well as output reflowable ebooks via the Kindle Store. Will be available from late July.
Ingram Content Group distribution: Blurb now provides authors in any country who write in any language the potential to make their books available to tens of thousands of online and offline retailers around the world. Ingram Content Group is the world’s largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content. Will be available from late July.
Competitively priced, new print formats: In an effort to enable indie authors to make more of a profit off their products, Blurb will launch a new more competitively priced Trade & Pocket line, including 5×8, 6×9, and 8×10 print-on-demand (POD) text-weight paper book formats. Will be available from late July.
Using the Blurb platform with the new offerings, authors can now do the following:
- Access free book, magazine, and ebook design tools
- Use print-on-demand or offset print options to create magazines and print books in multiple hardcover and softcover formats
- Make fixed format and reflowable* ebooks
- Direct sell their book through Blurb’s personal storefront which plugs into personal websites, blogs or Facebook pages,
- Distribute through Amazon.com, the Kindle store*, the iBookstore and to retailers globally through Ingram’s* Global Retail Network
- Get access to Blurb’s agile fulfillment program (AFP) for short term warehousing and fulfillment
- Create customized books as well as truly bespoke books
For more information, please visit http://www.blurb.co.uk.