Yesterday, Mama Pea posted about the books I've had some of her blog posts turned into (the idea being to get ALL her posts in book form at some point), and it generated a lot of comments - mostly people wondering about how to do this. So, glass of Merlot in hand (I just got in from cutting maple - ugh! - and plowing), here's what I can tell you.
A few of your comments mentioned Blog2Print, and this is the company I've used in the past. However, for people not 100% comfortable with computer technology, it's not terribly easy to navigate. Specifically, if you get to the very end of the process and the book is either way too spendy for your pocketbook OR they give you the error message that you've chosen too many posts for one book, you have to start ALL over again (you can't just go back and edit the dates)! This is definitely a huge negative to their program (and one which I hope they'll change). I've noticed that Blurb supports turning blogs into books now as well as bookenom. I'm interested in looking into their services more closely because . . . .
Blog2Print is EXPENSIVE! (I think so, anyway!) Believe me, it was NOT one of the Christmas gifts I gave this past holiday! For someone who blogs a lot and includes a lot of pictures (like Mama Pea), it's in the neighborhood of $150 - $200 per book. That is to say, per the maximum number of posts you can fit into a single book. I don't know WHY it's so pricey when self-publishing is such a popular thing. I'm guessing because it's NEW and there just isn't enough competition yet. ?? Like I said, I don't know how much it would cost via Blurb or bookenom, but those are both companies who bear a look-see. Especially Blurb - I've been impressed with the results I've seen from people who've used it (unfortunately, no blogs-to-books).
The other thing I'm not thrilled about with Blog2Print is that there are a minimal number of options for cover designs. Well, I guess there are 20 or more, but I didn't care for ANY of them! Plain, solid (BORING!) colors were the best I could come up with.
Blog2Print advertises that the books start at $14.95 . . . and I'm sure this is true: if you didn't actually include any of your posts!
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who uses another service for doing this. Mama Pea's books COULD have been shorter (money saved), but that option okays Blog2Print to fit your photos & posts to the printed page vs. where they fall in your actual blogging. And, for me (and her, I think), that would be a great loss.
It's been suggested that I offer this service as part of my graphic & web design business, and I'd like to put the word out there now that I am! I won't bump up the price of the book at all - I'll only charge for my time ($25/hour) putting it together. Invoices are sent via PayPal.
How would this work? Well, you'd e-mail me (at firstname.lastname@example.org) and say, for example, that you'd like to have as much of your blog published into book form as you can get for . . . $150 (including - or not - my time). I'd ask for your blog's address, give you the options in an easily-understood format, and away we'd go!
So, I hope that's answered all the questions clearly enough. Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me directly if you have more! :)
P.S. Yes, if some of you sillies want Mama Pea's blog in book form, I could do that, too . . . assuming she gives approval. And, hey, if you paid for the additional shipping (to Mama Pea and then on to you vs. drop-ship), I'll bet we could even get the author to autograph it! ;)