Blurb’s Latest Plug-in for Adobe InDesign Transforms Book Making Experience for Both Print and Ebooks

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We’ve got some news for Adobe InDesign users that we’re really excited about – we just released the second generation of our Adobe® InDesign® Plug-in, aka the Blurb Book Creator. This next version of this plug-in leaves any book-making alternatives in the dust.

Here’s what we are so excited about:

  • Book making with InDesign is now totally seamless with a completely new path for uploading files using the API, all within the InDesign application itself.
  • Complete template generation of all Blurb’s print book trims including the new 8 1/2″ x 11″ trim size.
  • A new ebook-specific template that is optimally dimensioned for viewing on the Apple iPad®. For the first time, you can design an ebook from scratch that is perfectly sized to make best use of the iPad’s screen.
  • You can even create and upload any of your print editions as an ebook – right within the plug-in

Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like:

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Screenshot of our plug-in for Adobe InDesign

The new plug-in creates compliant PDF files behind the scenes, so you can upload the project with a click of the mouse, hit “upload”, and be on your way. No more trying to figure out how to export your PDFs, having to log into the website, entering in your specs, locating your files, and going through a (let’s be honest) less-than elegant uploading process. All this is now done for you, without you ever having to leave InDesign.

The other big news is ebook design. Never before have designers been able to use InDesign to produce beautiful fixed format ebooks which respect and preserve the layout and design of graphically rich books. Blurb customers can now choose to create an ebook from scratch or to upload an ebook version of an existing print book project. Blurb is doing the ebook conversion behind the scenes and then offering an ebook editor which allows you to optimize the display of the work inside what looks like an iPad.

Why did we do all this? Here’s a word from our founder and CEO, Eileen Gittins: “We’ve been hearing from our Adobe InDesign users that they want a straightforward way to design and create beautiful books for the iPad that respects their design decisions. So, we are truly delighted to respond with such a rich set of capabilities including the new plug-in for fixed format ebook creation, free online editing tools, plus the ability to sell ebooks for profit in the Blurb Bookstore.”

We’re pretty excited about the creativity that this new plug-in will enable. As Eileen notes, “We have seen the beautiful print books that these users have created using the first edition of Blurb’s InDesign plug-in and honestly, many of these books have been crazy spectacular. Putting these new ebook creation tools in the hands of such talented people – and then having a front row seat to see how they advance the art and design of ebooks – it doesn’t get much better than that.”


So don’t wait. Download our new plug-in and see for yourself how seamless the process of bookmaking, for print or ebook, can be.

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  1. The in-design plug in was flawless. I found it VERY helpful. I am actually a Quark Express guy myself, so I had to learn in-Design as well. Lucky I have it. Is Blurb intending on developing a Quark version? I like it better than in-Design.

      July 18, 2012 – 8:26 am   Permalink
  2. Hey Ed,

    Glad you like in the InDesign plug-in. I’m not sure about a Quark version, but it’s something I can mention.



    By Kent
      July 18, 2012 – 10:11 am   Permalink
  3. this sounds wonderful, but what i’m most curious about is, if i create a book using this InDesign template, when i offer it for resale, will there be 2 different books purchase options (one for the print version, the other for the ebook version)? or will it show up as one book purchase page with options for a printed version or an ebook version?

    this is now possible when creating books with the Booksmart software that you provide, but not available with previous version of the InDesign template. i hope this has been improved, it would make for a better purchasing experience and much easier to promote (one link to find the book in multiple formats).

      July 19, 2012 – 7:33 am   Permalink
  4. Hey Scott, Right now you will actually have two different pages if you create an ebook and print book version. But the ebook page will show a link to the print book page (and vice versa).



    By Kent
      July 19, 2012 – 12:26 pm   Permalink
  5. I just downloaded the InDesign CS 5.5 plug-in for Mac, and when I hit ‘okay’ after choosing my opening page settings, nothing happens. Just the InDesign home screen. Is this a common problem? I’ve re-installed twice, but am having the same problem.

    By Nick
      October 16, 2012 – 1:00 pm   Permalink
  6. Hey Nick,

    I understand, that had me confused too at first. You actually want to click “Create Pages Template” under “Step 2.” That will build your templates.



    By Kent
      October 16, 2012 – 6:07 pm   Permalink
  7. I wish I had the same experience as the first person. My InDesign keep crashing. When I get as far as creating the template, it move foward then completely stops. I’m using CS4. I reinstalled, redownloaded etc numerous times and can’t get beyond this point. I need some help please!

    By Nancy
      December 10, 2012 – 2:57 pm   Permalink
  8. I’ve been trying ot create an eBook using the InDesign Plug-In for CS5, but I keep getting an error when I try to log in to Blurb, so I can’t upload the book. Once you’ve created a PDF of the eBook, is there any way to upload it through the browser? I don’t want to have to build this 256-page book all over again, but I can’t get the plug-in to connect to Blurb.

    By Mary Forrest
      March 20, 2013 – 4:20 pm   Permalink
  9. Hey Mary,

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble. I’m afraid it won’t work that way, but have you contacted our Support Team? They can help you out.

    By Kent
      March 20, 2013 – 8:55 pm   Permalink
  10. working on indesign cc, when i m trying to run the “upload book” device, nothing happen, the “preparing blurb project” dialog box doesn t appear.
    Thanks for your help

    By ultravision
      February 19, 2014 – 12:50 am   Permalink
  11. We’re sorry you’re having trouble. Please give us a shout via the following link:

    By Kent
      February 24, 2014 – 1:37 pm   Permalink

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