Thursday, January 14, 2010
For some time now I've been looking into ways of printing my blog in hard copy. Being a diary of sorts, I'd like to have it in print in case something ever happens to these here internets. I tried printing it on the printer but the formatting gets all strange, so you'd have to copy and paste to Word and that would just take FOREVER.
At one time I started a Blurb book but that too, seemed like quite and undertaking as the pictures would be larger and would require me to upload the larger versions (instead of the web sized ones from directly from the blog).
My aunt was asking me about it recently, so I started looking into it again. I ended up going with blog2print for the first installment (I'm planning to print a book for each year, so I started with 2007). Their prices seemed reasonable and what really sold me was the fact that it formatted it all for me so I hardly had to do a thing other than pick a cover design. The quality isn't too bad, the pages seem just a tad thinner than a regular book and the binding may not be super durable, but for the most part, I'm pleased.
I think I am going to try Blurb for the 2nd installment so I can really compare print quality.
Here are some photos:
I took this shot to try to show the quality of the photos. They are a tad grainy - not sure if it is because they were web sized, or if it that is just the way it always is from this company. I can totally live with them, though. Not too bad at all.
*Edit to add, I just looked into Blurb again. Their format for "slurping" from blogger is one entry per page with very small photos along the outside of the page. They also can't seem to "slurp" comments from Blogger. So it looks like with Blurb, there would be far too much copying and pasting to get it where I want for my taste. I think my next book will be a blog2print as well.