Twice in the last weeks, I have had reason to look at the photo book publishing site Blurb. When I was last there, I noticed the Blurb for Good menu item. Essentially, if you create a book and have designated a charity, you can set the price of the book and 100% of the profits go to the charity. Given the work I did with the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region last year, I noted that employees of Microsoft had developed a photo book to support their local United Way organization.
I sent an email off to Blurb to inquire whether this was available in Canada and they confirmed that it is.
Recognizing the strong community of photographers in Edmonton and environs, I started thinking about whether there might be interest is some such project here?
My concept so far is pretty simple … If there is some interest, we would first have to select and gain agreement of a charity — they need to actually be part of the application so Blurb is sure the dollars are going to a non-profit at the end. We would then have to establish some guidance or … as to how we would like to do this. For example, I was thinking I would prefer to minimize the judging — I would prefer to set a goal of (say) 50 or 100 images and invite photographers to submit their chosen image. There are some other characteristics we would have to consider. We might also consider whether we want a specific theme to the overall book or …
Would you be interested in contributing to such a project? Would you be willing to help organize such a project?
Please leave your thoughts/comments. I will integrate the feedback received into a further blog post.