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Blurb your Blog into a Book

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Blurb your Blog into a Book: Suck your blog up into your computer and create a nicely formatted book with the contents of your blog including text, images, comments, and links. The final product is a professionally designed draft for a book that they charge to publish for you. The software to be downloaded is available for PC and Mac. Their pricing suggests that it is not cheap for older blogs. The only blogging services supported are Typepad and WordPress.com. You cannot create a book out of your hosted WordPress blog (yet, I think).

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  1. Aaron (33 comments.) says:

    Those prices for each book is outrageous.

  2. Sameer (7 comments.) says:

    Ouch! … those prices hurt!
    I am looking at it this way. Would I be ready to pay that much while buying a similarly bound book having similar number of pages? The answer is, of course, no!!

  3. Chris J. Davis (2 comments.) says:

    Just layout the book yourself and use Lulu.com. The prices are more reasonable and the quality is excellent.

  4. bill nanson (2 comments.) says:

    and you can’t hook into a standard wordpress blog – only through wordpress.com it seems – unless i’m missing something…

  5. investorblogger (1 comments.) says:

    Actually, the prices are outrageous, but then… this is a vanity press affair. You’re only likely to be producing one copy of a book at the very most. If you’re likely to be selling more copies, you won’t use this service at all.

    The golden rule in publishing the more you print the cheaper unit costs are.

  6. BillSaysThis (5 comments.) says:

    As a workaround, one could create a (free) WordPress.com blog, use its import function to slurp all the content from a hosted WP blog and then use the Blurb tool.

  7. Phil Gerbyshak (1 comments.) says:

    This is definitely a vanity print job, as Lulu will do what you need, as would a service like Instant Publisher or Book Surge Publishing. Book Surge will even get you listed on Amazon. Another option that is a bit more expensive, but a WHOLE lot better, would be working with Liz Strauss from http://Successful-blog.com She’ll dig through your archives and help you make a book out of what you’ve already done, allowing you to highlight some of your best posts, edit what needs to be edited, and really do an amazing job. Then you could pitch it to a traditional publisher or use Lulu, Instant Publisher, or Book Surge to get it printed. I’m working with her on my second book, and she is amazing!

  8. M McD says:

    Has anyone actually seen a printed copy of a book published by Book Blurb?

  9. Dino DeLellis (1 comments.) says:

    thanks for sharing! i was looking for a magazine template and that’s fantastic..

    dino



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  1. [...] After many, many years in the business, I have picked up one or two tips about what is good and what is bad in publishing. There are things that you avoid like the plague, and things which you try to achieve with all of your might. One of the former is most decidedly the suggestion, or recommendation made by the Weblog Tools Collection yesterday that you turn your weblog into a printed book. [...]

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