Among the many features of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, it offers users the ability to curate and print their own "magazines" (and the quotes are not superfluous, but deliberate). A release from Blurb, a print-on-demand software company, announces that its publishing platform is partnering to offer print production and fulfillment. Readers can use the auto-generated layouts in the app Story Album to create and order a magazine directly from the smartphone. User options include soft or hardcover.
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.Blurb, which was founded in 2005, has six print locations on three continents and says it has already delivered more than 6.5 million books to 70 countries; half of its revenues are generated outside the United States.