There are dozens of photo book companies now online. Even local photography stores and big box brands have them. You can spend hours comparing prices and searching for coupon codes. In the end, price might not vary widely but quality does. That’s why we’ve settled on Blurb.
Blurb is a photo book and creative publishing service specializing in bookstore quality books, professional quality printing and binding, and a personal bookstore for selling the books you make.
The Blurb view of the world is that everyone is an author and a storyteller, so making books should be simple and fun. Since that’s mintedleaf’s view of the world too, I knew we’d get along famously.
Blurb is perfect for you if you’re a:
Photographer or Artist – create your own photo books to sell, wedding books for clients, and printed portfolios to showcase your work
Writer – self-publish your novels or non-fiction in black and white or color
Independent magazine publisher – create your own magazine, perfect-bound up to 240 pages
Graphic Designer – deliver custom designed books and promotional pieces in any size to your client
Blogger – pull out the ‘best of’ your blog and offer loyal readers something special (give it away for free or sell in the bookstore)
Cook – publish your own cookbook
Parent – chronicle special family moments, a child’s first year
Family Historian – publish a memoir or complete family history, including as much text or photos as you need
Traveler – create photo books of all your adventures
Poet – publish your work, in black and white or color, with photos or without
Pet Owner – create a memory book of Sparky’s best (or worst) moments
Marketer – create brand books showcasing your company, message and products
Business Owner – tell the story of your business in print, for employees investors or customers
Trim Sizes and Price
Small Square: 7×7 | $10.95
Standard Portrait: 8×10 | $19.95
Standard Landscape: 10×8 | $19.95
Large Landscape: 13×11 | $48.95
Large Square: 12×12 | $49.95
Pocket: 5×8 | $3.95
Trade: 6×9 | $4.95
Magazines: 8.5×11 | $10.95
Brochures: 8.5×11 | $6.95
More Blurb Benefits We Like
- Hardcover, softcover and imagewrap covers
- Standard and professional Proline papers, and choice of endsheets.
- eBook publishing for iPad
- Desktop and online bookmaking tools with lots of pre-designed templates anyone can use
- Adobe inDesign plugin for full creative control
- Desktop – Booksmart
- Online – Bookify
- Ebook – Ebook Editor
- Plugins – Adobe inDesign, Adboe Lightroom, PDF to Book
Sell Your Blurb Books
Unlike other photo book companies, Blurb is a self publishing platform with an online bookstore where you can sell the books and eBooks you make (up to you) at a price you set. You keep all the profit.
You choose whether to offer your Blurb book up to the marketplace or not. If you want to keep your work private, that’s okay too. If you want to sell a book, you have to first purchase a copy (print book or ebook) in each format you want to sell, set you price in the free Set Your Price wizard, and then decide how much profit your want to make per copy.
For example, let’s say you made a cookbook featuring healthy lunches for kids. If the base price for the softcover is $19.95, you could set the sale price at $24.95 and make $5 profit.
You can also submit your ebook to the Applie iBookstore as well and keep 50% of the profits.