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The following post is a special dispatch from our friends in the UK Blurb office about World Book Day, which happens in the UK on March 7. The rest of the world celebrates World Book Day on April 23.

It’s World Book Day in the UK today and we’re celebrating!

Of course, every day is an International Book Day at Blurb (our lovely customers across the planet are making beautiful print books and ebooks 365 days a year).

But today we’re putting an extra bright spotlight on your creations. Because together on this big book-lovers day maybe we’ll inspire even more people to make, share, and buy amazing books. Special books. Show-off books. Keep-me books. I love you books.

So, just as soon as we’d finished eating cake, we asked four multilingual members of the splendid Blurb EU team:  “Which Blurb book do you secretly wish you’d made?”

Here are their replies…

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Rafal Milach, Black Sea of Concrete

Nicole, Customer Support Team Leader, EU, answering in German

Als ich vor drei Jahren bei Blurb angefannen haben, hat dieses Buch gerade unser Wettbewerb Photography Book Now gewonnen. Ich habe das Buch sofort geliebt, das Einband-Design ist  unglaublich und erweckt eine natürliche Neugier auf den Inhlat. Was mich am meisten überrascht ist die Balance zwischen den Bildern und dem Buch-Design. Die Fotografien, die Geschichte wie auch der Text und Layout widerspiegeln das Verfahren des Fotografen und sein Vorsatz.

This book was the winner of our Photography Book Now competition when I joined Blurb three years ago. I have always loved it; the incredible cover draws you in to the beautiful glimpses of industrialized life along the Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. What amazed me most was the balance between the images and the book design. There is a quiet feel to the design and photographs that reflect the location, the story and the photographer’s method.

 

Esme, Customer Support Representative, EU, talking in Spanish

 

¡Viajar es mi Pasión! Siempre he querido viajar a Cuba para disfrutar de un coco lleno de ron viendo el amanecer. De un mar más azul que el cielo. Ese contraste de lo antiguo vs. la modernidad. Casas de colores y coches americanos llenando las calles de chaos. Humildad contra lo ordinario. Me gustaria haber creado este libro para poder observar Cuba por la lente de Arnaud Späni. ¡Que sueño!

Travelling is my passion! I have always dreamed of travelling to Cuba to enjoy a coconut filled with rum while watching the sunrise, seas bluer than the sky and the inviting contrast of tradtion vs. modernity. Colorful houses and cars filling the street with chaos. Arnaud Späni’s travel book is the one I wish I could make because it means I would have discovered amazing Cuba. It inspires me with every page.

 

Joline, Marcomms & Development Intern, EU

Dit boek had ik stiekem wel willen maken omdat elke bladzijde in het boek helemaal anders ontworpen is. De binnenkant van het boek is fantastisch, de kleuren van de foto’s en de kleine stukjes tekst erbij maken dit boek interessant om te lezen en te bekijken. De inhoud is over reizen en maakt het boek zo gevarieerd! Hoewel het boek ontzettend mooi is, straalt de inhoud niets ‘glamorous’ uit, en daarom past dit papier er juist zo goed bij. Niet glanzend maar heel degelijk mat en wat dikker papier dan normaal. Op deze manier heeft de auteur het boek tot een geweldig boek gemaakt!

Deep inside I wish I made this book because every page is designed differently. The inside is fantastic, the colours in the pictures and the little squares of text with it make the book really interesting to read and to browse. The content is all about travelling and that makes the book so varied! Although the book is incredible it doesn’t have a ‘glamorous’ appearance and that is why I think the paper type fits the book perfectly. Not too shiny, but very decent matte and a little bit of a thicker paper than standard. This way the author made the book amazing!

 

Stephane, Market Development Manager, EU, speaking in French

Ce que j’aime à propos de ce livre, c’est que j’ai (enfin) 12 mois de souvenirs entre mes mains en… 353 pages… 1062 photos… et après “quelques” heures passées à le créer !

What I love about my book is that I am (finally) holding in my hands 12 months of great memories in: 353 pages; 1062 photos; and many hours of fun work in putting it together! Priceless!

 

That’s five of our dream books, visit the bookshop for more. And tell us on Facebook what your dream Blurb book would be about.

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