lulu.com is a great service. They offer personal publishing. Just like MovableType offers online personal publishing, they actually publish the book!
Some interesting features I like:
With 99 USD, they can assign a ISBN to your new book! This is valid ISBN that you can even sell your book in Amazon.com or bookstores. They (lulu.com) act as the publishing house for you.
With 149 USD, they even can list you as the publisher, that you own the ISBN…
Free PDF Creator
They can convert the Word document into PDF that allows your users to download (free or at a fee).
Binding and Shipping, and Print (just in time)
They cover almost everything about publishing. That makes printing a book as easy as creating a Word document or write a blog.
I am Going to Try It
How about I publish some books? Something like this:
Wangjianshuo’s Blog (2002 – 2006)
Living in Shanghai – From the Eyes of a Blogger
I can put the related topic (categories in this blog) into a book.
Then I can print the book. Anyone interested to get one?
Sounds a really interesting service!!! I will go and look it up.
One word. Expensive
Pretty cheap for publishing a book.
You need to do a spell check for your entire blog before publishing it.
sounds funny,if you publish the book i want buy one.
but how much?
yes,i’ll buy one if it had been published.
Glad to hear that! But for me, blog is enough.
china also have some similar sites, give us more choice.
You might also look at blurb.com if you haven’t checked it out already.
:-) Yes. Let me try it out.
Hi Jian Shuo,
I have been reading your blog regularly, keep up the good work.
I have a question for you. I am will be visiting Shanghai and am wondering abou the wi-fi- internet options i have. I am going to bring my laptop and a Belkin wirless adapter card i bought in US. What services do i need to access wi-fi hotspots in starbucks, ect. Are there any prepaid options? I only need wifi access at starbucks for two weeks, so I do not want to suscribe to anything. thank you.
You can find some free wifi hotspot, like Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
Starbucks in Xujiahui also offers free hotspot.
For more information about paid options, check out this page:
there is a chinese one. http://www.blogbook.cn/
Found the site http://www.yourblogtobook.com
Seems like a good resource on turning your blog into a book. They offer a free tele seminar as well as ebooks and some coaching courses.
Another great option is http://www.blog2book.biz. They do all the formatting and preparation for you towards word or pdfs. And they are cheap! Turning a blog into a book is so beautiful! Good luck :)