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Puzzling Trend: Blogs to Books

The Awkward Family Photos blog got a book deal back in August, which seems like forever ago in Internet-meme time. This week, the Awkward Family Photos coffee-table book is finally out, along with Sh*t My Dad Says, inspired by the brilliant Twitter feed of the same name.

I'm happy to see my favorite blogs and microblogs succeed, but I must admit, the blog-to-book concept puzzles me somewhat. The beauty of sites like Awkward Family Photos and Stuff White People Like is that they are perfectly suited to the blog medium, with its constantly updated, collaborative nature.

Sure, some blog concepts can be reimagined for print, but taking a vibrant blog and essentially reproducing it in static book form seems counterintuitive. My friend has a copy of the Stuff White People Like book, which was fun to read once, but every time I pick it up, it's the same — no updates! — while the blog keeps going.

That said, if anyone wants to give us a book deal, I'm sure we can work something out.

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I think if there's a blog out there that you really like and it ends up in book form, it makes for an interesting coffee table book. I don't have any problems with the blog-to-book transition.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I also love found photos, so I would be more inclined to pick up this one than maybe some other blog-turned-books.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I have a Post Secret book. I think a book like this could be worth having, especially a collection of photos that you or your guests can flip through whenever. It's a conversation starter. I can probably find nearly any piece of literature online, but I just love real books.
bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 6 years
This website is hilarious! I was supposed to have two photos in the book, but I got bumped in editing. Bummer! Totygolinguez, I thought the same thing, but I guess it makes sense for people that prefer a hard copy version. Also, most blogs that put out a book offer content that's not on the website, sometimes marketing it as a "best of." Fans of the blog can see new stuff, and the blog owner can make some money on their idea. Not bad, although I can't say I've bought any blog books.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
Why buy a book when I can read the blog ( basically the same thing) for free?
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
I actually had never heard of the awkward family photo blog before, but the book was prominently displayed in the entrance of my local Border's last night. I thought it was hilarious. I think it would be a good coffee table book for someone with a sense of humor.
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