模糊 Puts Its Big-Boy Pants On!

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如果自行DIY发布平台 模糊 was celebrating a birthday today—it would be 21! 公司 was actually founded in 2005, but today, 模糊 finally got the keys to the house and put its big-boy pants on. In 2008 I described the company as something of a sleeping giant of the self-publishing services world.

公司 最终,在发行产品方面,它与CreateSpace和Lulu等其他类似竞争对手处于同一水平。总部位于加利福尼亚的平台已与Ingram Content Group达成了一项全球发行协议,允许其作者 使他们的书可供 建立的零售渠道 印刷和数字格式。
今年四月 TIPM reported that Blurb had added Amazon as a retail channel and critically also added ISBN allocation. This really was the final key to placing 模糊 in a position to fully roll out an expanded distribution option to the retail trade. Books intended for 贸易分布 对于自出版的作者,将提供三个修整(大小)选项— 5×8, 6×9 and 8×10.
One of 模糊’的真正优势不仅在于提供在线发布工具,还在于能够下载 书赖特,其书籍设计软件,并在计算机上本地使用。 您还可以为Apple iBook创建固定版式的电子书,也可以通过亚马逊的Kindle Store出售可重排的电子书。它还具有多功能性,可提供模板和 Adobe®和InDesign®的插件,专业出版设计师使用的设计程序。
I will have to sift through 模糊’s 付款方式 (通过PayPal),定价和 贸易折扣,但是 打印费用 仍然看起来 very high 对我来说,尤其是如果应用了自定义发布商徽标。
您可以阅读下面的完整新闻稿。
  

BLURB推出价格较低的贸易书,通过INGRAM进行全球分销,并向亚马逊提供可再销售的电子书

新定价的有竞争力的贸易书籍以及与Ingram在39,000个地点的合作,使独立作者可以在全球市场上推动新的收入
加利福尼亚州旧金山,2014年8月19日- 模糊, the indie book and magazine publishing platform, today announced three new standard Trade Book sizes, a global retail distribution collaboration with Ingram Content Group, and output to reflowable ebooks for all Amazon Kindle devices and Kindle readers. These milestones represent key pieces of 模糊’s ongoing mission to democratize publishing.
模糊 now has the broadest publishing platform available, enabling independent authors to publish books, magazines, and ebooks in multiple formats, and then sell direct on 模糊.com or via distribution programs with Amazon and Ingram.
“作者像艺术家一样,希望两件事:控制他们的产品和过程,以及对其作品进行合理的报酬,” 模糊的创始人兼首席执行官Eileen Gittins说。 “现在,所有元素都已具备,供独立作者设计,营销和销售其数字和印刷书籍,并通过向在线和零售书店的全球发行,以可观的利润。对于Blurb作者和Blurb员工来说,今天也是快乐的一天;提供如此广泛的产品对每个人来说都是一件大事。”
新书范围
世界已经转向越来越多的视觉体验,但是从历史上看,出版这些视觉丰富的书籍的成本导致销售下降。提供三种新的行业标准交易簿尺寸– 5×8, 6×9, and 8×10 – and lower-cost paper options that support content like drawings, photographs, maps, and tables, 模糊 authors can now bypass historical price point and distribution barriers.
全球分布
模糊 authors can now design, publish, and sell virtually any kind of book including how-to books, cookbooks, novels, magazines, photo books, business books, graphic novels, and more. s can publish digital and print formats from a single file, output to Amazon Kindle, sell on 模糊.com, and via the new Ingram initiative, be available for distribution to over 39,000 locations worldwide at retail and online stores.
“Ingram is committed to getting content into readers’ hands quickly and efficiently, no matter where they are in the world,” said Kelly Gallagher, Vice President of Content Acquisition, Ingram Content Group. “We are pleased to support 模糊 with Ingram’s comprehensive distribution network, as 模糊  为他们支持的客户扩大内容的覆盖范围。”
模糊’s work with Ingram enables 模糊 authors to choose from multiple discount options, delivering more wholesale pricing flexibility, driving more reach and discoverability for authors’ books.
“Our collaboration with Ingram will be especially welcome for 模糊’s global authors, as they will now be able to make their books available for distribution within their home markets virtually everywhere in the world,” said Gittins.
产品详情
  • 模糊’s new Trade Books come in three industry-standard trim sizes: 5×8, 6×9, and 8×10,在未涂层的文本配重纸中。
  • Trade Books are available in both hardcover and softcover, and all formats are eligible for global distribution through Ingram, giving 模糊 authors a much broader audience reach.
  • 作者有两个打印选项:经济和标准。经济印刷提供较低的按需印刷起价(彩色2.99美元,黑白2.49美元),而标准印刷具有更宽的色彩范围和更丰富的黑色。
可重排的电子书
模糊 also announced a new beta ebook release that enables text import via RTF plus reflowable output for the Kindle. The RTF Import delivers a critical update to 模糊’s flagship bookmaking desktop app, 模糊 书赖特, allowing authors to import text files created via word processing tools. s can then easily distribute their ebooks to all Amazon Kindle devices and most ereaders;  this service is free to 模糊 authors during the beta period.
有关此新闻的更多信息,请访问 www.blurb.com.
关于 模糊
模糊® was founded on the premise that everyone – not just the talented few – should be able to publish, share, and distribute beautifully realized books with first class production values. By creating a business model that enables the company to profit on a unit of one, 模糊 has opened up the world of publishing to everyone who has access to a computer and a story to tell.
模糊’s indie publishing platform offers the ability to design, publish, share, market, distribute, and sell both digital and print books. Further, 模糊 puts independent publishers in full control by providing a comprehensive publishing toolkit: a suite of free book design tools including 模糊 书赖特™, an Adobe InDesign® plugin and Adobe Lightroom® integration, a variety of print and distribution options, book format and paper choices, and online selling and social sharing tools.
Launched in 2006 by CEO Eileen Gittins, 模糊 now enjoys global scale via more than one million book authors, resulting in nearly three million unique book titles so far.

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