SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced that European and Latin American consumers and professionals can select Dutch, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish language options for the first time.
This development has been driven by the increased global appetite for Blurb's creative publishing and marketing platform services. Having witnessed significant organic growth within a number of key markets, Blurb's four new language options provide a more fully localized service to complement the existing global offering including English, German and French.
"We have many thousands of customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Brazil who have supported us over the years by creating their books on the 'English-only' Blurb platform. We are thus delighted to finally offer our service in each of these local languages," said Eileen Gittins, CEO and Founder of Blurb. "I know this is a happy day for Blurb and we believe that the local language tools and website will provide a much better experience for all of our Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese speakers around the world."
Robust bookmaking experience
Blurb distinguishes itself with extensive capabilities and high quality, such as the choice from over 1000 layouts options, 200 border and backgrounds, professional-grade and sustainably sourced materials and books up to 440 pages. The complete suite of bookmaking tools will be available including Bookify™ a quick and simple online tool for straightforward bookmaking; BookSmart®, free to download enabling greater creative flexibility; and PDF to Book® with the Adobe InDesign plug-in® for creative professionals. In addition, authors of a photo book can choose from multiple sources to insert photos, like Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and Instagram. Books can be ordered in any desired quantity and it's even possible to share and sell them in both print and ebook formats. Authors can set the price of their book, keeping 100% of the mark up. Prices start from 3,50 euros.
Extending this offering internationally
Robin Goldberg, SVP International Markets continued, "With half of our business currently coming from outside of the US, and Europe contributing 30 percent of our revenue the four new language additions truly bolsters our international offering. The introduction of these languages demonstrates our commitment to the best possible experience for each of our Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese customers."
Blurb® is a creative publishing and marketing platform that unleashes the creative genius inside everyone. Blurb's platform makes it easy to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality books, using the Blurb Bookify™ online bookmaking tool, Blurb's free, award-winning Blurb BookSmart® app or by using Blurb's PDF to Book workflow. Blurb's bookstore and online marketing tools enable customers to market and sell their books, and keep 100% of their profit. Blurb's social and community features allow customers to create and share Blurb books among friends and colleagues with ease.
Blurb was founded by Eileen Gittins in 2005, and includes a team of design, Internet and media veterans who share a passion for helping people bring their stories to life. In 2010, Blurb shipped just under 1.4 million books to more than 70 countries and territories. In 2010, Blurb was ranked the fastest growing media company on the Inc. 500. Blurb is based in San Francisco with offices in London. For more info, visit www.blurb.com.