Introducing Community Book: Bookmaking just got a lot more social

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As you can imagine, Blurb gets a lot of new feature requests. At the top of the list, Blurbarians asked for the ability to make a book using content from a group of people. Well, we’re excited to announce that Community Book is finally here and now you can invite anyone to contribute photos to your book projects.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Start a new book project in BookSmart and look for the Invite Contributors button to request pictures from friends, family, or colleagues.
  2. You’ll be prompted to fill in a few book details so you get the pictures you want. Then, enter the email addresses for those you want to invite into the book project.
  3. Click send and your contacts will get an email inviting them to contribute photos to your book. Their photo upload process is fast, easy, and completely hosted by Blurb.
  4. You’ll be given a private URL where you’ll be able to see who has contributed to your book and manage your requests.
  5. You can then access the contributed photos in BookSmart. Pick the ones you want to use and add them seamlessly to your BookSmart image library.

We’ll even send out reminders letting you know how many photos you’ve received and when your book project deadlines are approaching. The possibilities go something like this …

• Your wedding photographer was very good, but your guests captured the funny, informal, champagne-influenced moments. Invite them to send their pics and create a lighter, behind-the-scenes wedding book.

• That indie film you worked on for two months was intense. So was the wrap party. Invite the cast and crew to share their photos of the whole experience and make a book about making the movie. Sell it at Sundance or on your blog.

• Your dojo just fought in a national tournament. Invite the team to submit photos from the karate smackdown. Make a book about it, then turn it into a fundraiser by setting your own price and selling it in the Blurb Bookstore. Sensei gets the profit to put back into the school.

Others are already talking about Blurb’s Community Book. See what Wired and TechCrunch had to say.

So, tell us: How will you use Community Book?

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