We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: We love books. And that’s great news for you, because that love manifests itself in every thoughtfully considered, meticulously designed and quality crafted feature of a Blurb book.
The question really isn’t “what kind of books does Blurb offer?” but rather “what kind of book do you want to make?” Because unless you’re hoping to create a book as small as a postage stamp or as big as your dining room table, we probably have a size and format for you. We break the rules by offering both industry-standard sizes and some not-so-standard ones.
Photo paper books. We’re talking about graphically-rich books that feature photos, drawings, graphics, anything where the primary focus is visual, not on text. Our photo-quality paper and colour reproduction standards ensure our books just look better. We offer five different sizes of these lovely objects:
Small Square (18 × 18 cm)
Standard Portrait (20 × 25 cm)
Standard Landscape (25 × 20 cm)
Large Landscape (33 × 28 cm)
Large Square (30 × 30 cm)
Trade books. Created through Blurb BookWright and our plug-in for Adobe® InDesign®, these types of books are usually – but by no means exclusively – used for more text-oriented creations (like that brilliant novel you have inside of you). Same Blurb quality, just different dimensions: Trade books can print with full-colour pages or black-and-white, and we also have economy printing options:
13 × 20 cm
15 × 23 cm
20 × 25 cm
Magazines. Okay, if you want to get literal about it, these aren’t books per se. But they’re great for displaying all kinds of editorial content. If your “book” project is something you’re thinking about printing in a serial format, a magazine might be perfect for you; the price point is great for selling. Best of all, our magazines are printed on photo-quality paper.
Standard Magazines (22 × 28 cm). Printed on 89 gsm (60 lb.) gloss paper with matt cover and perfect binding – ideal for low-investment, high-return projects.
Premium Magazines (22 × 28 cm). Printed on heavier 118 gsm (80 lb.) matt paper with a semi-gloss cover and perfect binding – beautiful printing for a sophisticated look.
Ebooks for Kindle or iPad®.
As much as we love the print books (and we do love the print books), we’re also not Luddites, you know? When you use Blurb BookWright to create your book, you’re also creating an ebook in the background, at the same time. How’s that for efficiency? All you have to do is export it to the ebook format of your choice:
Reflowable for Kindle: Export a reflowable ebook and sell it on Amazon.com through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Reflowable ebooks are easy to read and work on any Kindle device or app.
Fixed-layout for the iPad: These are really special. A fixed-layout ebook preserves the design and layout of your print pages, with the images, artwork and text just where you want it. You can even add rich media content such as video and audio to your digital pages. Check out our enhanced ebook gallery to see what’s possible.
Even more book goodness from Blurb.
Online Photo Books For a streamlined book-making experience with no software to download, try Blurb’s online photo books. Take advantage of content you’ve already created in another medium by importing it into our 18 × 18 cm format:
Facebook book. That sounds funny, but this is a great way to capture all of those traditionally ephemeral moments for the ages.
Designer Collection. We’ve created incredibly stylish photo book templates for you; you just add your content.
Notebooks and diaries. Available exclusively through Blurb BookSmart, our notebooks and planners are perfect for sketches, doodles, ideas, journals – anything really. You can add photos and graphics, use pre-made calendar layouts, or just create a sandwich of blank pages between two awesome covers. Sizes include:
Hardcover, Softcover, ImageWrap – and tons of cover layout options.
Bookshop-quality, 4-colour printing for stellar image fidelity.
End sheets »
Standard and ProLine end sheets frame your book beautifully.
Creative layouts »
Huge range of creative and customisable layouts.
Durable, professional binding built to last.
High-quality FSC-certified papers available in matt, lustre or gloss finishes.
Give your book the gorgeous cover it deserves. Select from our easy-to-use cover layouts in BookWright™, or make your own with our Adobe® InDesign® plugin, and then choose from any one of our professionally printed cover options. Our Hardcover, Dust Jacket books can also be upgraded with our ProLine Linens.
Let your photography shine. Our Hardcover, ImageWrap books are professionally-printed with your images on the front and back of the book cover for a smooth, sophisticated effect. ImageWrap covers feature a durable matt finish and library binding. There are no cover flaps.
Our standard Hardcover, Dust Jacket books come with durable library binding and 8-pt. black linen covers made of a hard-wearing cotton blend that has been coated with water-based acrylic for extra resiliency. These books include laminated 4-colour dust jackets with front and back flaps and printing on the spine.
See all of Blurb’s ProLine customisation options here
Count on superb image reproduction and colour fidelity – our photo paper books, premium magazines and standard trade books are all printed on industry-leading HP Indigo digital presses. We also provide offset printing for large orders.
End sheets make a beautiful start and finish to your book. Our Standard end sheets – used in Hardcover Dust Jacket and ImageWrap books – are an elegant mid-grey and complement a wide range of books. Upgrade to our ProLine End Sheets and select from a curated selection of end sheets in a range of shades to give your book a professional look and feel.
Note: Hardcover trade books have their own standard end sheets in slate grey.
Our Hardcover books feature library binding. Our Softcover books have perfect binding. And every Blurb book – Hardcover or Softcover – is bound to last. After all, you’ll want to show off your book off for years to come.
Choose from a wide selection of papers. Our 80# Standard Paper has a smooth semi-matt finish. Our Premium and ProLine papers are heavier and come in matt, lustre or uncoated finishes. Premium and ProLine papers are available for books of 240 pages or fewer. Magazines and trade books have separate paper options.
Order our swatch kit to receive samples of all our paper options.