Social Publishing with Blurb

One of this years partners of TYPO London is Blurb, an online book publisher.

Blurb LogoA blurb is a short summary accompanying a creative work; the word was coined in 1907 by American humorist Gelett Burgess. It may refer to the text on the back of a book but can also be seen on DVD and video cases, web portals and news websites. A blurb may introduce a newspaper or magazine feature story (source: wikipedia).

Blurb believe that it should not take a lot of time, technical skills, financial resources, or influential friends to publish books. Consequently Blurb developed a creative publishing service that allows anyone to be an author, be it a blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, pet owner, marketer …

TYPO London: Blurb Bestseller

One of the current Blurb best selling books is “Terretoires Intimes” a book on places around Paris by a French photographic association 

Blurb publishers passionately believe in the joy of making books – reading them, sharing them and selling them. Holding a finished book with ones name on the cover is a truly amazing feeling; it’s one of those experiences everyone should have. Getting other people interested in buying one‘s own publication adds extra pride and Blurb put a lot of effort into the sharing and community thought.

TYPO London: Blurb Bestseller

Another best selling volume is Steffi Rauchwater‘s  ”Nicht erschrecken!“ about the acquaintance with beasts and monsters, a counsellor in three languages 

As software people, designers, and publishing professionals are at the top of Blurb‘s hierarchy, both is in focus: the easy making and the professional look of the books. Everybody can publish his or her subject at Blurb. There are 35 subject categories with more than 180.000 self published books in the Blurb library.  “Social” is an important subject in Blurb‘s online library. Fifty pages with volumes covering social topics account for the overall increasing numbers of self publishing, let alone 25 pages coming up for the subject of “social design”.

There is even a volume on TYPO conferences Berlin, London and SanFrancisco 2011 & 2012 in the Blurb library. Graphic artist Eva-Lotta Lamm sketch noted the three TYPO conferences thus catching a unique sample of current graphic ideas and concepts. The book features talks from Michael Bierut, Tina Roth-Eisenberg (Swissmiss), Christoph Niemann, Khoi Vinh and many more:

TYPO Lodon: Blurb TYPO sketchnotes by Eva-Lotta Lamm


Sketchnotes from TYPO “Shift” Berlin 2011, TYPO “Places” London 2011 and TYPO “Connect” San Francisco 2012. The double page shows the sketch notes from the talks of Marina Willer and Morag Myerscough of of last years TYPO London.

Meet Blurb at their booth at the foyer area and see for yourself what they have created and who they are. On both conference days Blurb will introduce themselves at 11 o‘clock a.m. in the drama studio.

This years TYPO London is set up to start next week and it will boost its audience once more with the key people working in different areas of creativity, media and design. Catch opinions, processes and ideas that will re-shape the way you think, work and develop as a creative practitioner or student. Make sure not to miss it. Register now!