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More permanent than Death by Blogging - Death by Blurbing

After reading death by blogging I'm looking for something more permanent. Death by 'blurbing' at least leaves a trace in the physical world, 'blurbing' is publishing your own book.

For the princely sum of $22.95 you too can write and publish your own 40 page hardcover book.

Could we possibly see a return to the days of old where poets and prognosticators publish their own weighty tomes? It sure beats signing up subscribers, although with the net?

Initially popular with American scrapbook fanatics, this is easy - simply download some software, from blurb.com, assemble your text and picture book, upload and pay $22.95 + shipping. Your printed and bound book arrives around 10 days later. They also do up to coffee table size.

If you don't hear from me I've become an author or a member of the 'blurberati'.

It makes for an interesting business model for authors, when they can spend a hundred dollars for a few samples, list them on Amazon and sell, sell, sell - without a publisher or printing house.

I look forward to a few finextra members publishing their memoirs.

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 22 April, 2008, 09:50Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes I'd not heard of that site - however lulu.com is another for the go it alone writer.
Sriram Natarajan
Sriram Natarajan - Credit Risk Fraud Cards Professional - Gurgaon 22 April, 2008, 10:52Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes you may want to try 'Blegging' as well. The Freakonomics guys mention it frequently. It's begging on the Net via a blog!
A Finextra member
A Finextra member 23 April, 2008, 00:05Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I hear there are a few fellows taking a quick course in 'blegging', but I don't like their chances, the occupation may become very popular in the short term and competition may be fierce. There are bound to be some interesting memoirs out there.

What I like about blurb is that you download a program to produce your layout and don't need to know your way around word or Adobe fonts. They make it easy, especially for those who may miss their secretary.

I'm thinking of re-publishing a few rare books like Star Wars from 1661, by Robert Wittie (Astromachia), and Sandy's Travailles -- one of the first English accounts of the Middle East. They are poignant reminders that people are peole and don't really change much over the centuries and that there are few original thoughts left anymore.

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