Blurb authors earned more than $1M in profits on the sale of nearly 100K books in 2011 as part of the Blurb Set Your Price program. Blurb's customer base grew by 44% in 2011, and the company shipped more than 1.8M books to 69 countries. The company continued to see growth across on-demand publishing categories including business books, portfolio books, design projects, photography books, novels, and more.
"The Blurb platform allows self-published authors to set the price of their books and keep 100% of the profits," commented Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO, Blurb. "We're also opening up social marketing channels like Facebook to help our authors spread the word about their books as broadly as possible. And it's working - people are making real money on the Blurb platform, to the tune of nearly $1M in 2011."
In addition to its bookstore-quality books, Blurb is seeing traction within its ebook line, with an average of 2,000 downloaded books per week in 2011. Blurb customers can take any book they've already made with Blurb Bookify or Blurb BookSmart, and buy or sell it as an ebook for just $1.99.