To my own not-so-easily-perked-these-days amazement, I read on Lisa's blog about this blog slurper book thing. In short, Blurb apparently lets you "slurp your blog into Blurb’s BookSmart™ software to create a bookstore-quality book, and end up with a permanent and portable archive to share with others."
Been looking for something like this?
Five years ago I asked a way to export content in this meaningful way. Hey, I'm patient. And I'm willing to give it a try. Book Slurper says it does some pretty cool stuff:
- Imports and maps blog text, images, comments, and links into a professionally designed template, producing a draft book in real time
- Allows you to customize and edit your book as little or as much as you like
- Creates bookstore-quality books up to 440 pages, with professional printing and binding
You pay only when you publish your book. Books up to 40 pages start at $12.95 – see pricing table for details.Not sure about the backend publishing part either--real creativity needs to happen there to help bloggers make it worth their while rather than just cutting and pasting into a PDF and using lulu. Why should I pay $12.95 to publish 40 slurpped pages of my blog? I can go copy out 40 pages worth--it's the 5,000 posts over six years that I need to slurp.
I'll be digging in to check this thing out and either signing on or waiting for the open source version. Stay tuned.