Sell photo ebooks for the iPad via Blurb

By Andrew Hudson Published: October 21, 2011 Updated: September 24, 2015

Automatically convert your Blurb photo book to an eBook and sell it for display on the iPad & iPhone iBooks app.

By Andrew Hudson Published: October 21, 2011 Updated: September 24, 2015

Books are a great way to make money from your photography. Now you can also sell electronic versions of your photo books, suitable for the iPad and iPhone.

Blurb is offering a low-cost conversion of your photo book into an ebook. Make your book with their free bookmaking tools and transform your books with one click at check out. Your cost is only $1.99 and you can set your own sale price. So, for a $9.99 book, you make $8.

You can sell your ebook on the Blurb Bookstore, and include links on your own website, emails, and social posts.

“See your ebook on the iBooks app just how you designed it, in gorgeous two-page spreads. Flip through pages, search text, zoom in on full-resolution images.”

Blurb via Chris Owyoung at Photoshelter

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Reply by Ravish

December 2, 2013


Do you know if its possible to convert ebooks into photo books?

I’ve got a 374 page ebook I’d like to try and print off, and would rather be saved from all the work I did to create the ebook.


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

January 6, 2014


Yes, I think that is possible. You should be able to upload the ebook (presumably it is an ePub or PDF file) to a printing service such as Blurb that can make prints from digital files.


Reply by Simon Lever

March 12, 2013

Can you tell me if I publish an ebook using Blurb whether or not it means that the book stays in my bookstore indefinitely. That it is not automatically deleted if I don’t pay the $100 for a paper version.

Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

March 12, 2013


Hi Simon,

I believe that the book stays in your bookstore indefinitely. You do not have to buy a paper version. The “book” is just a digital file on the Blurb server, that costs them little to host, so they will likely keep it there for a while in the hope that someone sometime buys a copy.


Reply by Mary

May 12, 2012

Unfortunately, the Blurb ibookstore option is not working. . . which cuts down the possiblities

Reply by Bartholomeu

November 24, 2011

I think this article is very well written, is in place! Very nice.

Reply by Linda Matlow

November 24, 2011

Alan, You need to use jpegs for the printed or ebooks.

I’ve done several printed editions and ebooks for sale and they look gorgeous.

Convert your images(from your originals) and re-upload;try again!

Reply by Alan Cole

October 22, 2011

I tried this out with one of my Blurb books the other day but I was disappointed with the results.... All the pages came out inverted so looked like negatives. Apparently there is an issue with the rendering process of PNG images so Blurb are going to give me a refund....

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