More news on our European printer and reduced shipping rates

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Based on the comments we’ve received so far, I guess you guys know good news when you hear it. Responses to yesterday’s European launch have been so amazing that it warrants another post, dontcha think?

Our new European printer, stationed in the Netherlands, will be up, running, and producing Blurb books some time in July. The transition will be seamless for customers. Quality is the hallmark of our business and this printer absolutely meets our tough requirements. The search for a Europe-based printer was extensive and nine months in the making. So if you are concerned about quality, don’t be. All of our printers use the same equipment, technology, and calibration.

In celebration of our new printing facility, starting right now we are offering reduced UPS Expedited 3 to 5 business day shipping rates for European customers. In essence, we’re matching the rates you will get when our new printer is up and running. If you order a book today – either your own or from the bookstore – you will receive new, less expensive shipping rates at checkout.

And for those of you disappointed to learn that your country is not yet on the list of ones we ship to, don’t despair. You are definitely on our radar and we will be addressing your needs soon.

Happy bookmaking indeed.

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15 Comments

  1. Great news guys! But hey don’t forget about us Aussies.

    I know you wont. :)

    By Mark
      June 15, 2007 – 1:42 am   Permalink
  2. I am working in Germany and I am pleased about your European print-connection in The Netherlands…
    P.S.:
    congrats, your BLURB has been presented in the european time magazin, june 18
    with best regars http://www.flickr.com/photos/frizztext

      June 15, 2007 – 2:49 am   Permalink
  3. Well, thanks a lot for the fine news about the European shiping fees starting right now!
    For this, I just uploaded my first book, today, and ordered one copy to see.
    I hope it will print, and ship, allright now.

    Now, the only real important thing remaining to see for us, European people, is the possibility to sell, for a fee, our books directly from Blurb bookstore, like US residents can.

    Because for the moment, in case of orders, the author earns nothing on his work, which I find really strange.
    For this, I won’t advertise my book unfortunately, since I have no interest at all to sell it in fact with the actual system.

    I only hope this will change fast. After all, Paypal is not difficult to put on any site, even Blurb’s one, and there’s Lulu.com which offers, allready, such a service.

    Besides, it would make Blurb earning money on each European sell which, I would like to remind, is a bigger market than USA! ;)

    Have a nice day now…

      June 15, 2007 – 7:06 am   Permalink
  4. Hey there ElGeko – Thanks for the comment. Adding European residents to our Set Your Price program is a big project that is moving up on our list of things to do. Can’t say when this will happen, so follow the blog for details later this year.

    By Kathy
      June 15, 2007 – 1:17 pm   Permalink
  5. Grazie Blurb!

    By Marc
      June 15, 2007 – 1:50 pm   Permalink
  6. Prego!

    By Kathy
      June 15, 2007 – 1:52 pm   Permalink
  7. Please add Argentina to your service!!

      June 19, 2007 – 5:06 pm   Permalink
  8. Great news Blurb, love for you to get a printing company here in Australia.

    Keep up the good work.

    Darin

    By Digital Realism
      June 19, 2007 – 6:23 pm   Permalink
  9. I think it’s great to have printing and shipping in Europe !!

    I’m only a bit worried about the ultimate shipping cost in Europe…

    I ordered a book and it seems I’m still paying $21.61 for shipping one simple 7X7 book. In your blog you indicate that the current shipping cost ex USA will get the “less expensive shipping cost” at check-out, matching the future European rates …..

    For shipping a simple book for $21.61 within Europe can become prohibitive expensive ….. unfortunately I think.

    Michael

    By Michael de Braaf
      June 21, 2007 – 6:14 am   Permalink
  10. let’s not forget asia here, yoohoo! over here!

    from malaysia…waiting!

      June 25, 2007 – 8:17 am   Permalink
  11. Hi !

    Where can I find the shipping prices for francew before ordering my book (80p, soft cover, 8*10) ?

    I mean, if they are prohibitive, I may just stop spending so much time on that book ! I do nont want the bad suprise one’s all the work is done.

    All customers need to be able to plane the total expense they will have to afford !

    Thank you,

    BEn

    By ben
      June 26, 2007 – 8:42 pm   Permalink
  12. Hi Ben,

    The cost of shipping your book depends on the number of pages you print, how many books you order, and whether you choose hardcover or softcover, and what shipping option you choose.

    You can always upload your book and check out the shipping cost in your shopping cart.

    Hope this helps.

    By Kathy
      June 27, 2007 – 12:37 pm   Permalink
  13. I completely agree with Michael’s comment on the cost of shipping in Europe.
    After having finished editing and uploading I almost collapsed when I saw the rate!
    Nevertheless I ordered my book because I’m curious to see the result.
    But I will think twice to order in the future, unless the shipping rate drops to normal.

    By apotheke
      August 31, 2007 – 4:26 am   Permalink
  14. I think your shipping prices are outrageous! I am shocked that you advertise so cheap printing prices and that you can charge 50 USD to ship a 30 USD book. Your print facility in the Netherland should now be running? I am a big fan of your product, it is a shame customers like me are misconducted…
    Herve (Switzerland)

    By Herve
      September 7, 2007 – 2:23 am   Permalink
  15. Hi Herve – We hear you about the shipping costs and are in active discussions with vendors in hopes of making some changes soon. If you want to continue this discussion, please feel free to jump into the Forums – http://forums.blurb.com/forums/3/topics/245 – and add your voice.

    Thanks for your patience.

    By Kathy
      September 7, 2007 – 9:27 am   Permalink

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