Illustrated self-publishing platform Blurb has formed a partnership with electronics manufacturer Samsung around its new phone the Galaxy S IV.
The highly anticipated S IV was unveiled last night. Its predecessor, the S III, is generally considered to be the best Android smartphone and is often compared favorably with the iPhone.
The new app will allows users to make a physical photo album on the Blurb platform from the photos they’ve taken on their phone.
Founded in 2006 mostly as a way for amateurs and artists to preserve and publish their photos without the aid of publishing company, Blurb is fast moving into the business of self-publishing services and publishing services for established publishing houses.
Much more about Blurb and its strategic direction here.
Blurb announces a global partnership with Samsung for auto-creating stunning photo books and magazines
Samsung GALAXY S 4 users can now instantly convert their digital photos into rich print memories that last a lifetime
Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, today announces its partnership with Samsung Electronics to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfillment within Story Album for Samsung GALAXY S 4, Samsung’s newly announced flagship smartphone. Users of Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be able to automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images.
“People love the convenience and immediacy of camera phone imagery, but they also prize the beauty and permanence of print media,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s CEO and Founder. “As our lives become increasingly digital, people are genuinely appreciating the value of physical artifacts,” Gittins continued. “By combining the remarkable image quality that the GALAXY S 4 offers with the easy production of books and magazines that Blurb brings, everyone gets the best of digital and analog.”
Until now, there has not been a simple and elegant way to curate and design, and then order a book or magazine directly from the smartphone itself. Samsung and Blurb teamed up to solve this problem via the pre-installed Story Album and its auto-generated layouts that instantly convert into print-worthy publications.
“The Samsung GALAXY S 4 is equipped with the superb quality camera and unique, sophisticated features maximizing the usage of photography experiences,” said Chan-Woo Park, Vice President of Product Strategy Team at Samsung. “We expect our customers will want to output their beautiful images into equally beautiful books and magazines. Our partnership with Blurb will provide the top-of-the-class experience for our customers.”
Blurb brings Samsung massive capacity and redundancy via its six print locations on three continents, support for the world’s major currencies and languages, and deep shipping and logistics expertise. Blurb is already a global company having delivered more than 6.5 million books to 70 countries to date, with half of its revenues currently generated outside the United States.
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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales exceeding KRW 201 trillion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.
Every story is its own adventure. Blurb® is a creative publishing platform that unleashes the creative genius inside everyone. Blurb’s platform makes it easy to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality books, catalogs and magazines in both print and digital forms. Through its bookstore and online marketing tools, Blurb enables its book-makers to sell their work, while its social and community features allow customers to create and share Blurb books across social channels.
Founded by Eileen Gittins in 2005, Blurb includes a team of design, Internet and software veterans who share a passion for helping people bring their stories to life. To date, Blurb has shipped over 6.5 million books to 70 countries. In 2010, Blurb was ranked the fastest growing media company on the Inc. 500. Blurb is based in San Francisco with offices in London. For more info, visit www.blurb.com\samsung.