Wow! I finally got my invite for the new innovative beta Blurb service that converts a blog into a bookstore-quality book!! They are currently running the beta blog-to-book service for 600+ typepad blog users and I got one of the invites 🙂 I’ve been dreaming already of converting my blog (just the Awesome Pilipinas category) to a book in its raw blog form. I intend to use it as an ultimate back-up for our 20 months family adventures with my son Aidan. This serves as an autobiography for my son, so that he can read it someday. This is the main reason I started my blog and if you look at my first month’s posts, it is about the birth of my son, Aidan 🙂 Secondly, I’m thinking of selling it to people who would want to travel to the Philippines and who would need an offline version of my blog. This would be good for that long trip from the US to the Philippines 🙂 Also, this would discipline me to be careful with my grammar and for dotting my “i” and crossing my “t”.
Also, I’m hoping that this would be one of the first Blooks (blog turned into a book) in the Philippines!! We’ll share with you the picture once I get the Our Awesome Planet Blook! Also, all your comments on the restaurant posts will be included! You guys will be part of this blook, so keep the comments coming!! The only catch right now is that each book could cost from $30 to $80 (ouch!). BTW, I can share another invite to another pinoy typepad user who would have the passion and energy to convert their blogs into a book. The only one I know that also uses typepad is Bryan Boy. Check out the Blurb Invite email below.
From: Blurb Community <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Oct 12, 2006 10:15 AM
Subject: Convert your blog into a bookstore-quality book, compliments of Blurb
Thanks for your interest in Blurb, the creative publishing service. We’re hand-picking TypePad bloggers to beta-test Blurb’s new service that lets you turn your blog into a bookstore-quality, hardcover book.
Are you game?
If yes, we’ll send you a complimentary copy of your finished book as a “thank you” for your feedback in this invitation-only program. All we ask is that you make a blog book between now and October 31st, and send us your thoughts and suggestions before we officially launch into the blogosphere.
Turning your blog into a book won’t take long – the process takes just one evening with Blurb’s BookSmart software. Our Blog Slurper automatically imports your blog into a professionally designed book template. Once the content is there, you can call it a day or add finishing touches to the cover, page backgrounds, fonts – the works. It’s up to you.
Want to share the fun?
You can extend this same offer to one TypePad blogging friend – just send an email request to email@example.com with your friend’s name, blog URL and email. But choose carefully – this offer is only good for one friend (no fighting). Once you receive your complimentary book, you may want additional copies. No problem. Just place an order and we’ll print more books — but remember, only the first is gratis.
If this sounds good, click here to participate.
Then download BookSmart software, create your book, and order your complimentary copy. We have generated this coupon code specifically for your blog: OAP1012 (not transferable). Please enter this code on the order form and your bookstore-quality book will be delivered in about 7 business days. Afterwards, we’ll ask you what you think of this new service.
We think you’ll be pleased. Ecstatic even. You may even feel compelled to blog about the experience. But don’t take our word for it – here’s what a couple bloggers had to say about Blurb recently:
A-G Spot: Hard Memories
Eoin Purcell’s Blog: Blurb.com upgrades, gets commented on in Wired.com and generally attracts attention
If you need any help along the way, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you pronto. Keep up the great blogging, and we hope to see you soon in print.
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