If you’re like most people, either you or your family members have a blog (a blog is somewhat of a journal kept on the Internet just FYI). A family member recently commented to me that she wants to have her blog act as her journal, but she wants a way to print her blog and make it a book.
Fortunately, there are a couple services that will let blog owners print a book from the material and pictures hosted on blogs.
One site is called Blog2Print which uses your blog login information to access your blog posts and pictures. You can then organize the blog posts, pictures, etc. and create your book.
I’m not a fan of letting other websites have access to login information from different accounts, so my suggestion is to change your blog password before and then after you use the service.
Pricing for Blog2Print is about what you’d expect for self-created picture book. If your blog has hundreds and hundreds of posts that you think will probably fill up a number of printed books at large cost, you could try their feature of priting to a PDF. You could then take the PDF and have it printed somewhere else.
With BookSmart by Blurb you download software to your computer that helps you organize the information from you blog. You can then create your book. Pricing is pretty good with this option, but you will need to install the software on your computer.
If you have a lot of posts which would equate to a lot of pages which in turn would mean more costly a book, try creating your book with the Black and White option. The prices are much lower compared to the color books. Save color for your printed photos if you’re planning to use your blog and print it as a journal.
BookSmart really does provide a rather wonderful selection of book types and pricing options which makes their service quite competitive.
Other Book Printing Websites
There are other websites that you can use to print books but that don’t have the integration to pull information from your blog in an integrated and easy way (that we could find at least):
Lulu (a great service)
Lulu is a major printer/publisher. If you have your book ready, Lulu can print your book, allow you to sell it from their or your own website. Another great thing about Lulu is that you can start by purchasing just one copy of your book, but if you want more copies later, they can print it up. It’s print on demand.
MyPublisher is used often for photo books. You can receive discounts for MyPublisher by searching for MyPublisher Coupons on the Internet. If you have a Costco membership, you might be able to get a discount as well (at least you could in the past from the Costco website).
BookSurge by Amazon
BookSurge is similar to Lulu but integrates very well with Amazon.com if you are looking to sell your book/journal online (maybe you’re a movie star and lots of people want to read it or something).
No matter which option you choose, be selective of the types of posts you put into your book. If your blog features more pictures of your cat than it does of you or your family, your family might not get as big of a kick out of reading the book. So, keep the content interesting and original, and you’ll have a great book!