Blurb, the creative
publishing and marketing platform, today announced a partnership with Scribd, the world’s largest social
publishing and reading site. Scribd’s users can now easily and
affordably turn their written and illustrated works on the site into
professional quality books using Blurb. The partnership leverages
Blurb’s API to instantly convert content uploaded to Scribd into book
form, meaning consumers can complete an order for a book within minutes.
"Taking Scribd documents into book form will elevate the impact and
importance of the content itself," said Eileen Gittins, Founder and CEO
of Blurb. "Whereas other print forms are intended to be consumed, books
have a valuable and extremely long shelf life. Blurb and Scribd have
already identified over 1 million documents on the Scribd site that
users can Bookify and turn into affordable, professional quality
Key consumer benefits of the Blurb/Scribd partnership include:
— Professional-quality publishing — Blurb’s Global Print Network delivers high-quality printing and a bookstore-quality published book.
— No order minimum — Order one or many books.
— Affordable — Prices start at $12.95. Volume discounts begin with orders of 10 books or more.
— Fast turnaround — Blurb ships your book directly to your doorstep within 7-10 business days.
"Partnering with Blurb offers our users one more way to consume
content both on- and offline," said Jared Friedman, CTO and co-founder,
Scribd. "It also offers authors a way to make their eBooks available in
Blurb plans to open its platform to additional content partners when
it makes its API public in the near future.
Earlier this year, Blurb reported record
growth in 2009 with sales of more than $45 million. The company created
and shipped more than 1.2 million books in 2009.