We never cease to be amazed at the innovative ways people use Blurb. Case in point: With the recent introduction of BlurbNation, we’re starting to see more and more titles being created by groups of people, rather than the classic model that features an individual author. Be it an organization’s annual portfolio, a family cookbook, or a musician’s yearbook, multi-contributor group books are really taking off at Blurb.
With so many authors contributing to a single book, the same question keeps popping up: What if the person who uploads the final book isn’t necessarily the same person who wants to purchase a copy of the book? Historically, the Blurb Bookstore policy has been that the member who uploads a book must also order at least one copy within 14 days before the book can be purchased by anyone else, made public, or be preview-able.
Due to popular demand – yes, we hear you – it’s our pleasure to announce that we’ve made three significant changes to our Bookstore policy:
1) After upload, you can now immediately announce your book, make it public, turn on book preview, and even create a book badge – all before placing a single order of your own.
2) To remain on our servers, a book must be ordered within 15 days of upload. Now that purchase can be made by anyone – not just the person who created and uploaded the book.
3) To be displayed in the Blurb Bookstore, at least one copy of the book must have been ordered, and the book must be set to “public” (meaning anyone can view and purchase it).
For those who want their book to remain private, nothing has changed. We respect your privacy just as much as we support anyone’s desire to collaborate and publicly sell books. As always, let us know what you think about these changes, either in the comments area below, or through our feedback form.