Blurb Inc., a newly launched software and services company bringing book publishing to the masses, previewed its offering to put a professional press and global distribution in the hands of everyone. Blurb offers the public the opportunity to create, publish, share, and market professional quality books. Blurb is currently in late stage BETA, with general availability planned for early March. Blurb announced its publishing service will provide a way to create books to share, sell for profit, and use as fundraising vehicles or promotional tools.
The centerpiece of Blurb's publishing service is its BookSmart? software, which turns blogs, recipes, photos, stories, emails, wikis, or any other content into a professional book in minutes. Each book is printed on demand, in any quantity--whether that's one, a couple dozen, a few hundred, or several thousand. The bookmaking application allows users to drag and drop content into professionally designed pages. Each book is a creation, with customizable layouts, backgrounds, fonts, and color palettes.