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Book your blog

At the Personal Democracy Forum on Monday, Mathew Gross told me about LJBook, a tool that turns your blog into a printable PDF book. Then Stephen Fraser of LuLu.com sent me an email recommending LJBook; Lulu publishes and sells anyone’s book. So I gave LJBook a try. It works. And it’s free.

It was designed initially for LiveJournal users, but there’s a beta that works with MovableType. You have to entrust it with your MT name and password (it says it forgets the pwd after 30 mins), but if you’re willing, you point it at your MT directory and it automagically creates a PDF file of all your posts between any set of dates. Mine was 1,200+ pages so I’m not going to print it out, but it’s nice to have it as a, well, I’m not sure why it’s nice to have it, but it is. (FWIW, the formatting of the book it created is minimal and ugly. But, then, take a look at what I gave it to work with.)

11 Responses to “Book your blog”

  1. Stephen Cavers did something similar with Cafe Press, though he had to roll his own PDF.

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  2. I’ve seen a couple of these books come through Lulu.com and they looked surprisingly good (for books that were ‘automatically’ generated).

    David wondered WHY it seemed nice to have his blog in a book-format… as to the question of why, I’d propose that having a paperback version of all your blog writings might serve the same role that saving all your journals from high school serves–as reminder, as caution, as (for better or worse) a record of what you were thinking at the time. You can save the writing digitally, of course, but what about your grandkids perusing your bookshelves a couple of decades down the line? A book is something they could stumble on that might still have a little magic. To stumble on something on your harddrive, they’d need a password…

  3. This is terrific. Thanks for hooking me up with it, David.

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  8. Yeah I did the same thing via Cafepress and indeed rolled my own PDF to publish the first year of Portland Communique in two volumes. Of course, it also involved a lot of reformatting by hand because I needed to make sure page breaks were present at the end of each month’s worth of posts, etc. It was a royal pain. Going to need to find a better way for when I do up Year Two, Volume One at the end of June.

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