Blurb, a book publishing service, has announced that its new BookSmart blog-to-book beta was released to a select number of SixApart TypePad bloggers. These TypePad bloggers have been invited to test the new service that enables them to convert blogs into bookstore-quality books automatically, using Blurb's new Blog Slurper.
Blurb's Blog Slurper allows each blogger to identify how they want their blog slurped--by date or topic--and whether to include pictures, comments, and links. Blurb's BookSmart application then inserts the slurped blog directly into a professionally designed book template, producing a draft book in minutes. The blogger can publish the book as is, or embellish it with more pictures and text, different fonts, borders and backgrounds, and other design details.
In return for their feedback, each beta tester is offered a complimentary copy of their first book, as well as an opportunity to invite a fellow TypePad blogger into the program. Support for additional blog services including Moveable Type, Blogger, and WordPress will follow, incorporating feedback from this first beta release. BookSmart runs on a Mac or PC and is free to try; users pay only when they publish. Each book is then printed on demand, in any quantity. Books cost $29.95 for a single copy of a 40-page hardcover 8"x10" book, custom dust jacket included.