Slurping up the Snarkicisms

Oh Miss Snark is getting her paypal account set up right now. Forget all that stuff I said about pod people -- Miss Snark is headed for the Mother Ship!

Slurped up from the New York Times. I'd link to it but it's one of those registration sites--ewww.

Published: March 2, 2006

Though not all blogs may aspire to literary permanence, they can achieve it through the new Book-Smart software from Blurb, a publish-your-own-book service. The software, which is expected to be available free later this month at www.blurb.com, features a "Slurper" tool that automatically downloads and reformats the contents of a Web log into a book that bloggers and their admirers can purchase online.

Slurping is not all BookSmart has to offer. It simplifies the layout process by providing design templates for various kinds of books, including cookbooks, photo books, portfolios and volumes dedicated to pets and babies. The software guides users through design decisions like choosing text styles and how many photos will appear on each page. (Killer Yapp is ready for his close up!)

Pricing for printed versions of your book from Blurb starts at $30 for an 8-by-10-inch full-color hardcover volume with dust jacket and up to 40 pages. A book of up to 80 pages is $3 more. (Blurb plans to eventually offer paperback editions selling for about 30 percent less than hardcover.) Authors will also be able to set up online bookstores through Blurb's Web site.

Although an early version of the software occasionally stuttered or froze, Blurb expects to have the kinks ironed out in time for its public release. (Oh Miss Snark is the first in line!)

PS for those who may be new to this blog, or perhaps still bleary from the evening's festivities please remember you'll need a lever to get the eyebrow back in place when Miss Snark sounds like this, ok.

(Thanks to AN for the linkage)


Carmen said...

Yet another instance where one wonders "who'd've thunk it" ten years or more ago.

Anonymous said...


Read the website for a real hoot. My eyebrow is still stuck.

They're hiring, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Maud had this on Thursday.