Many people are interested in purchasing self-published titles, but they don’t know where to start. Some people might think that these books are limited to being published in a digital format, but that's not always true. There’s a whole world of beautiful printed non-fiction titles available that will make the perfect present this Christmas! Blurb is a leading independent and self-publishing platform with their very own bookstore. Stocked to the brim with titles to suit all tastes and interests, it’s well worth taking a look at what they have to offer!
Tasty Titles for Foodies
If you’ve got a foodie in your life who’s hankering after a title with a difference, then you're in luck. Food blogger Maria Lichty has put together her 30 all-time favourite cookie recipes in Cookie Cravings. Best of all, you won't find them anywhere else! In addition, Food Stories by Elena Scott brings together her collection of recipes along with some inspiring stories.
Everything for Art Lovers
For the art lover in your circle, there’s plenty to choose from. An original take on the London street art scene is present in the fascinating Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio Guissani. Armed with only an analogue toy camera and a roll of film, he captures the current crop of London street art in an original and creative way. Or, for fans of 70s Punk and New Wave, try photographer Bobby Grossman's stunning Low Fidelity.
Weird & Wonderful Titles
Another fantastic thing about the freedom of self-published books is the inspired random genius of the titles available. For example, where else could you find Tiny Horses Are Everywhere by Thea Lux? Based on a Tumblr blog, these collages of horses planted in everyday situations is perfect for anyone with an off-beat sense of humour. And Patent Pending by Jordan Natyshen highlights some of the world’s wackiest inventions.
Quirky Titles for Kids, Young and Old!
Blurb’s unique self-publishing platform means you can get access to some stunning children’s titles too. Things I Love is written and illustrated by mother and daughter team Carol Nehls and Jessica Rose - a joy for young and old. And the perfect gift for any dog lover, Dog By My Side by Adam Schnitzer is a collection of vintage photographs of dog owners and their beloved pets.
All these titles are beautifully presented and come in at around £40 or under. Take this opportunity to buy your loved ones a truly unique gift this Christmas and browse the Blurb Bookstore for more unusual, inspiring and creative titles.
By Anna Scott, 29th November 2013