SHAREDBOOK EXPANDS ITS BLOG2PRINT PLATFORM AS DEMAND FOR BLOG BOOKS EXPLODES
Users of both major consumer services, Google's Blogger and Six Apart's TypePad, now able to create Print-on-Demand copies of their Blogs.
NEW YORK – January 15, 2009 – SharedBook Inc., the Custom Publishing Platform provider, announced today both the addition of TypePad to its Blog2Print service for the creation of professionally-published Blog Books, and significant feature and pricing enhancements.
TypePad Blog Authors can now use Blog2Print ( www.blog2print.com) to capture their posts in a professionally-published book by simply using their TypePad login and password. Users then select the posts and images they'd like in their book, and whether they want to personalize their books with additional text and photos not in their blog.
New Blog2Print pricing allows books to start as low as $14.95 for the first 20 pages, and the extra per page price has been dropped from $ .50 to $ .35 to reflect the significant rise in page length of Blog2Print books. "SharedBook has found that the average Blog2Print book length almost doubled from 2007 to 2008 to 84 pages, mirroring what we believe is the increased frequency of postings. For some groups, blogging has become the new scrapbooking", suggested Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of SharedBook Inc. "For others, we believe that blogging will allow authors to both preserve their writings as well as give them a way to monetize them."
Launched in July, 2007, Blog2Print has enjoyed recent rapid growth, as more and more bloggers decide to create permanent offline versions of their online creations. "Bloggers realize the true security of permanence in the printed page, and our platform makes this so easy and inexpensive, it's becoming part of standard procedure for an increasing number of authors," said Vanderlip. "Plus, the start of the new year provides the perfect point to capture the previous year's posts and images in an annual printed volume - we're seeing lots of "My 2008 Blog" books made now."
Responding to user requests and feedback, SharedBook has also added a number of new features including the addition of 13 new cover designs from which to choose and the ability to dynamically create a book that has no blog photos limit. Additionally, SharedBook has opted to make a PDF download of one's blog a permanent option, priced at $2.99.
As Blog2Print customers increase, more and more are finding that having a keepsake published edition of their work is a meaningful and important part of their blogging experience. "I am thrilled with the look of the book and impressed by its sturdiness", said one customer on the Blogger platform. Now TypePad blog owners and authors will be able use the Blog2Print service to capture their creations, too.
For more information, please go to www.sharedbook.com.
SharedBook's Custom Publishing Platform allows customized and personalized books to be created dynamically and then displayed as flipbooks on the Web, downloaded as PDFs, or professionally printed. SharedBook specializes in integrating and publishing data from various sources through its own proprietary tools, which dramatically change the economics of book publishing. SharedBook's platform supports the traditional publisher's interest in personalization, and allows Web content providers to become publishers. SharedBook partners include Allrecipes.com, Bloomsbury, CaringBridge, CBS College Sports, DK Publishing, FuneralNet, Hachette, HarperCollins Publishers, JumpTV, Legacy.com, Little League International®, The Officer Down Memorial Page, Penguin USA, ProfessionalTravelGuide.com, Random House, Inc., Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Regnery Publishing, SOHO Publishing, Steamboat Ski Resort, and Sterling Publishing, among others. For more information, please go to www.sharedbook.com or http://sharedbook.typepad.com.