Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Blurb, One of Time's "50 Coolest Websites"

The hits keep coming for Blurb. This time from Time. For all of you following the wonderful work Eileen Gittins and Blurb is doing, they've been named one of Time's "50 Coolest Websites." Time highlights Blurb's coming offering, "blog-to-book":

"SELF-PUBLISHING Blurb. Soon those old-fogy relatives of yours who still don't have Internet access (or even a computer) will be able to experience the brilliance of your blog without compromising their Luddite principals.

"Blurb's "slurper" tool uploads the contents of your blog (up to 400 8x10 printed pages worth) and reformats it into book form. You choose the design layout and other particulars; the company ships you the finished product (full color, hardcover, bound, with custom dust jacket for $29.95 to $79.95 depending on number of pages) then makes your book available on the site for others to buy.

"For now, the site's BookSmart software already can be used to make other types of books (cookbooks, baby books, poetry books) while the blog-to-book program, temporarily unavailable while 200 selected bloggers test it, makes it public debut in September. We're talking books you can page through and place on coffee tables. How retro. "


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