Publish your blog as a book, how blogs are disrupting the publishing industry

May 26th, 2010 · by spolanka · 1 Comment

Interesting article in the Scholarly Kitchen blog today, Blogging Software as A disruptive publishing tool, is there anything it can’t do? The author, Kent Anderson, discusses the popularity and success of blogs as a replacement for traditional news sources (ie Huffington Post and NYT)  and possibly for books.  He discusses LeanPub as an option for blogs to be published as books, specifically:

Another new venture, LeanPub, purports to use WordPress so that blog owners can publish their blogs as books, or write books using WordPress at LeanPub and then publish them. I’ve tried LeanPub. I uploaded the Scholarly Kitchen’s posts through mid-May 2010 into it. The resulting book . . . well, it doesn’t exist. I tried uploading the blog twice, and no dice. Nothing ever came out of their conversion engine. Nevertheless, the site seems to be about 80% right, and there’s no reason to think it won’t work at some point. (Remember, part of disruption is that things like this get dismissed too easily, and then incumbents forget they’re coming.)Kent Anderson under, The Scholarly Kitchen, May 2010

The entire article is worth a read.

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  • 1 Eric Lease Morgan // May 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I too have given some thought of “publishing” my blog as a book. Technically, the process should not be too difficult:

    1) export your (WordPress) blog as an XML file

    2) transform the XML file into something more book-like such as TEI

    3) transform the TEI file into something designed more for printing such as a FO (Formatting Objects) document

    4) convert the FO file into a PDF file using something like FOP (Formatting Objects Processor)

    5) alternatively, start at Step #3, and transform the TEI into and ePub file

    The hard part is Step #2. Everything else has already been done. I have the beginnings of such a script for Step #5 loosely documented at http://infomotions.com/blog/2010/03/my-first-epub-file/