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Give ebooks for last-minute Christmas gifts

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There’s still plenty of time to make a personal gift in time for the 25th—a gorgeous fixed-format ebook (and a matching print book that can follow along later). So even though our last shipping deadlines may have passed you by (those pesky reindeer need time to get all around the world), you can still make [...]

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Building a rocking brand on Kickstarter with Blurb: An interview with John Scarpati

Meet John Scarpati, a commercial photographer who used Kickstarter to raise funds for a book archiving his photography. (Oh, and if you haven’t heard of Kickstarter yet, get excited. It’s a company that provides tools to raise funds for creative projects via crowd-funding through its website. Here’s Kickstarter’s story. Scarpati was the house photographer for [...]

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Beyond the format—making a wedding book for them (and one just for you)

Meet a couple that went way beyond the traditional wedding book—right into multiple formats. Newlyweds Emily and Jerome Mopsik created a gorgeous wedding photo book for themselves in a large-format version that included hundreds of photographs. Wanting to share the memories with their parents, they then edited that book into a smaller (in both length [...]

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Now you can embed Instagram photos

Last night-ish, Instagram added the ability to embed photos and videos in blogs and web pages using an embed code you can grab from the web interface. It’s a welcome addition – not that you couldn’t add photos to posts before via the old upload, but what everyone wants is the ability to tie the [...]

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We’re in full swing at Clerkenwell

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As most of you know, we’ve set up shop this week at Clerkenwell Design Week, the UK’s leading independent design festival. Chatting with architects, designers, photographers and the like, we’ve found that our new print-on-demand magazine format and enhanced ebooks are of the utmost interest. A couple of bloggers spoke about their desire to spend [...]

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The Secret Ingredient for Self-Publishing Success

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Linda Spiker has her finger in quite a few pies – literally. She’s a mother, grandmother to one, yoga instructor, blogger, chef and owner of an organic cooking school and online organic kitchen store. She’s also a published author with two beautiful Blurb cookbooks with accompanying ebook versions of each. Linda kindly took a few [...]

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Clerkenwell Design Week, the UK’s leading independent design festival, is the perfect place for the Blurb team to set up shop next week, and we can’t wait to see you there. We’ll showcase the range of our custom book printing and rub shoulders with designers and design-savvy people like you who are passionate about quality, presentation and [...]

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Run for Boston: A fundraising book for the Boston bombing survivors

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  How do you respond to an incident as horrifying and heartbreaking as the Boston Marathon bombings? For the running community that found itself suddenly trying to comprehend how its beloved sport could become the focus of so much destruction, the answer was to come together and run. On April 17, runners across the world [...]

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3D printing and custom magazine printing: The Print Shift launch

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Print Shift, Blurb’s exclusive team-up with Dezeen, launched to big fanfare, with journalists from the BBC, Gizmodo and TechEurope gathering at our press event. As it swung into action, the Blurb team listened in as a panel of pentagonal perfection – five luminaries of the print, editorial, design and technological industries came face to face [...]

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Chris Hadfield: How to photograph the earth from space

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The first photograph of the Earth from space was taken in 1946. But it was the famous “Blue Marble” photograph, take in 1972, that became the Earth’s unofficial publicity shot. Of course now there are cameras everywhere up there, but probably none has captured the attention of the Internet the way Commander Chris Hadfield’s have. [...]

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