Once upon a time…
In 2005, Blurb founder Eileen Gittins wanted to do something she thought would be relatively simple: Make a book of her own photography. The “make a book” part was possible, sure, but the costs were prohibitive. And the “simple” part? Not really. “Why,” she thought, “should anyone have to take out a second mortgage and hire a small army just to publish a few copies of their own book?”
…there was an idea.
One year later, in 2006, Eileen launched Blurb, the world’s first platform for making, printing and publishing independent books. The democratisation of illustrated publishing had arrived. But these weren’t just any books. They were beautiful, bookshop-quality books on premium paper stock with archival-quality binding. And anyone could make one. Literally, just one. Or two. Or ten thousand.
Blurb was one of those amazing big-picture ideas made real: A mash-up of creative freedom with print on demand technology. It was groundbreaking. It was liberating and empowering and thrilling. And people like Eileen started making the books they’d always dreamed of, but never thought they could make.
As it turned out, the idea was a popular one
Fast forward to today. To date, Blurb authors have created more than 2 million books since the company started, with a new book created every minute. The books are amazing and as varied as the people making them. Photo books, cookbooks, travel books, children’s books, graphic novels, not-so-graphic novels…the list is endless. “If you build it, they will come” has never been more true than at Blurb.
The question we’ve always asked our customers has been “What will your book be?” Now we browse our online bookshop and wonder “What can’t a book be?” Because every day Blurb book-makers continue to astound us with unique ideas of what constitutes a book.