Eileen Gittins at Luminance

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Last month, Blurb’s founder and CEO, Eileen Gittins, spoke at Luminance, a conference sponsored by our friends at Photoshelter. Luminance brought together thought leaders in the photography space to talk about how photography itself is changing, and how photography is continuing to change world. Naturally, Eileen talked about books, both printed books and ebooks, and how print-on-demand is democratizing publishing.

Want more? Check out this blog post by Craig Mod, creator of Flipboard, whom Eileen mentions in the talk. It’s just about the best thing thing you’ll read this month about the importance of physical books in the digital world.

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6 Comments

  1. Hope this finds it’s way to top management at Blurb. Why On earth have you chosen pdf format for Ipad only how bad is that as most of your customers use android devises. this is vary insulting to the vary people that have kept you going over the years and vary bad marketing.Please put this right A.S.A.P. The money you could make if we only had that option.

    By leslie ardern
      July 15, 2013 – 4:33 am   Permalink
  2. Hello Leslie,

    We love our Android customers too. PDF can actually be viewed on Android and pretty much any other device out there. It’s only our enhanced ebooks that are iPad-only at the moment.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      July 15, 2013 – 1:55 pm   Permalink
  3. I like the fact I can publish a book on blurb. I have had numerous software issues and I understand that, however the customer service is horrible at Blurb. I hope they improve it.

    By Marlis Sonnen
      October 9, 2013 – 8:06 pm   Permalink
  4. Hello Marlis,

    Thanks for making your books with us. I am sorry you’ve had trouble with our Support in the past. We’ll take a look at your Support issues and see how we might improve.

    By Kent
      October 30, 2013 – 11:00 am   Permalink
  5. We have published a two volume history book on blurb called Gold Star Aces and we are very pleased with the result. It has had rave reviews around the world and is considered to be entertaining as well as scholarly.
    We have found Blurb’s quality control to be very good and have sold lots of books, however recently things have quietened down, we are still getting hundreds of hits a day on our Blurb page but sales are slowing.
    My question is this… how are you helping your authors, the ones who actually write books for resale and use POD as a wholesale mechanism?
    Consider your discount codes, almost all of the discounts you offer are for a percentage of the cost and can not be passed on seamlessly to retail customers. Our book page on Blurb has recently had a sudden surge of visits, over a thousand in the past two weeks, if we could have offered them a tangible discount such as free shipping, we would definitely have made more sales. Would you please begin providing a free shipping code once per quarter, sent via email to your published authors? It would help give momentum to our promotion and our sales are your sales so everyone would benefit. With Christmas coming up, now would be a great time to release a free shipping code!

    Cheers

    Susan

      November 4, 2013 – 9:11 am   Permalink
  6. Hey Susan,

    We’ve heard your feedback. Free shipping may be something we can offer—We’ll ask our coupon team. In the meantime, most of our promo codes can be used by purchasers of your book. So send those out to prospective customers. Often they can be even better than free shipping.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      November 11, 2013 – 11:32 am   Permalink

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