October 31, 2016 Last Updated 1:06 pm

Blurb launches new iOS app for making print picture books

The new app fills a giant hole created by Apple’s resistance to launching its own iOS apps, even where they have existing services such as print picture books

As I’ve mentioned before, Apple is not one of the better iOS app developers. Incredibly, Google is a far better iOS app developer than Apple, and one that appears more dedicated to iOS apps than the company owns the damn platform. Example? How about an app version of iBooks Author?

If you think about the apps Apple could make if they could walk and chew gum at the same time, the possibilities would be endless. Another example, also related to books, would be to create an iPhone/iPad app for making photo books. You can do that from your Mac, but you can’t from the Photos app.

One would think that Apple would have a team of people just churning out app ideas. Sure, maybe not all the ideas should be launched, but at least customers might start consider Apple apps worth keeping, instead of just gathering them all up into folders to get them out of the way.


Today, the book publishing company founded by Eileen Gittins, Blurb, has launched an iOS app for creating photo books. This was the focus of the company at the beginning, making souvenir books for movie wrap parties an the like. They are a bit expensive, but high quality compared to other solutions such as through something like CreateSpace.

The app for iPhone and iPad is officially called Blurb Photo Books: Create, Print & Share, and is, of course, free.

The app will allow users to make two different books: Mini Square 5×5 in. softcover, or Small Square 7×7 in. hardcover book. The books feature matte covers with premium lustre paper. There are three layout options to fit both vertical and horizontal photographs. Based on the website, softcover, small square books start at $14.99 for 20 pages, with each addition page costing $0.25.

Here is the announcement from Blurb:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 31, 2016 – Blurb, Inc., the leading creative book and magazine self-publishing platform, announced a new mobile app that allows customers to make a beautiful, professional-quality photo book in minutes. The free application, available for iPhone and iPad, is currently listed on the Apple App Store.

blurb-app-iconBlurb for iPhone and iPad-the newest way to make a photo book on the go-rounds out the company’s current tool portfolio, which includes a desktop application, browser-based tools, and Adobe integrated book-making capabilities.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best and easiest ways to create professional-quality photo books anywhere, anytime,” said Todd Larsen, Chief Executive Officer of Blurb. “We wanted to ensure the app we developed is fast and easy to use, while maintaining professional-quality, and allows users to share with friends and family.”

The book-making app allows customers to choose between a 7×7 in. square matte, ImageWrap hardcover photo book and the new, mobile exclusive, 5×5 in. square matte, softcover photo book. Both sizes come with Premium Lustre quality paper, which offers great tonal range and contrast. Users are able to autoflow their selected images and modify the layout of the entire book with one click, as well as incorporate photos by collection or from shared albums. Once the book is complete, users are able to share their book with friends, family and fans via Facebook, Twitter or SMS.

During the past decade, Blurb has been committed to offering its users a range of free book-making tools that cater to all skill levels. Now users are able to make photo books, trade books, magazines, and ebooks, creating endless publishing possibilities.

To download and learn about the free Blurb for iPhone and iPad book-making app, visit blurb.com/mobile.

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