Traditional publishers are the VCs for authors, said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of Blurb, a self-publishing platform, backed by Canaan Partners. But if individuals could publish their own books, the economic would change and her company Blurb is hoping to change that. Gittins spoke at Amplify, hosted by Vator, Girls in Tech and Thomson Reuters this past fall.
Not only did she talk about how Blurb is helping to reinvent the book industry, she also gave some stats on her company's traction.
Blurb has printed and shipped more than eight million books, with over two million processed in 2012 alone. More than 50% of revenue comes from repeat customers. Blurb has paid out more than $3 million to authors to date and can process - at peak - 1.2 million books ordered per second. Blurb is also shipping to 70 countries.