Blurb your blog to a book

Convert your blog into a book for 14 dollars? Sounds fun. Dave Lull sent me some information about a company–unattractively named Blurb — claiming to do just that. If you look around their site, you can "take the tour" of how to produce your book, a sort of POD-type operation from the looks of it.

Well, I was wondering what to get people for Christmas this year — now I know. And of course, volume 2 could be ready just in time for next.

From the Blurb site:

  • Supports TypePad and WordPress blogs (Blogger,, and Movable Type coming soon)
  • 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
  • Bookstore-quality printing and binding; up to 440 pages per book
  • War of the words

    "His writing style is impromptu, frank, opinionated, humorous, and careless of capitalization….. This article is being considered for deletion for the second time in accordance with Wikipedia’s deletion policy." (See here for link.)

    Yes– Wikipedia is deleting the bloggers. As Timecop, on Wikipedia, of course, where else?, with his or her own apparent disregard for capitalization,  grammar or politeness, writes:  "there are hundreds of utterly worthless blog-related pages on Wikipedia. Some are genuinely notable, but others are just self-promoting vanity / spam. Here’s some quick guidelines for a non-notable blog:

    1. Is it an article about a blog?
    2. Is the article title the blog title?
    3. Is the blog’s first hit on google when searching for the said blog title?
    4. Can most of the "about" info be gathered from clicking "about" link on the blog?
    5. Is the rest of the shit inane garbage blatantly promoting the said blog?

    If so, the blog is a perfect candidate for getting deleted from Wikipedia. Make sure to check alexa and google, and search for "exact" blog name. Skip through a few ‘next’ pages on google, to get total number of ‘unique’ hits, the rest being uselessly duplicated content. Then nominate it for deletion……Thanks for keeping wikipedia a blog-free place!"

    The perils and pitfalls of the "wisdom of the spam" approach to the internet, where idealism meets commercialism, public-spiritedness meets self-promotion……OK, OK, you get the picture. What’s the alternative? Several hundred bucks for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, or free but with a truckload of ploggy adverts?

    Nautilus and Peer to Peer

    Any scientists out there? I have just acquired two new blogs. No, not the result of some mad impulse, but Proper Blogs; Serious Blogs; Work Blogs.

    The company for which I work, Nature Publishing Group, is producing an ever-increasing number of journals and online products. We’ve therefore created a couple of blogs for our authors and peer-reviewers. Via these blogs, we hope to enter a direct conversation about the publication process: how to format your paper, polices on data sharing or bioterrorism, information about how to go about getting your paper published, the value of peer-review, and so on. Of course, Nature and other journals in our stable already publish author and reviewer guidance and debate the hot issues of plagiarism, ethics, fraud, publicity, credit, impact measures, access to the literature and so on, in the pages or on the website. But we are moving a step further now, in that we can enter a direct conversation with the community whose work we publish, or on which we comment.

    NPG already runs several subject-specific blogs, as well as a web technology blog called Nascent. But I’m particularly enthused by these two latest additions:

    Nautilus, for past, present and future authors.

    Peer-to-peer, for peer-reviewers and about the peer-review process.

    If you are a scientist, or if you know any scientific researchers, take a look and spread the word.

    (An index of NPG blogs can be seen at this link.)