New trend – Blogs to Books. Nothing to See Here – A Guide to the Hidden Joys of Scotland

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If I remember rightly taking content from blogs and turning them into books was all the rage a few years ago. Anyone remember The Friday Project? I wonder whatever happened to that Paul Carr bloke?

Well give the fella his due he had a great idea, but was probably half a decade too soon with it.

The economics of publishing books has changed massively and these days self-publish is a badge of honour rather than a dirty word (or two).

I think over the coming months we are going to see of spurt of bloggers releasing books. Basically anyone savvy enough to produce non date specific content can now quite easily create print books (through indie publishers and Lulu) and upload them to Kindle and iBooks stores.

For me the big breakthrough will be the arrival of the Kindle Fire next year. It will then mean that image heavy books – which incidentally look fine on the Kindle app on mobiles and tablets – will look great on the native format too.

So I really like the look of this book. Nothing To See Here is a great blog that features quirky and interesting buildings and places from across the UK. The best Scottish ones, along with some new posts, have been rounded up for this book, which if it keeps up the standard of the website will be a wonderful read. You can order a print version here http://www.pocketmountains.com/product/nothing-to-see-here

A while ago Sean Hannam and myself ran a music site called PopJunkie, which featured the most under-rated albums of all time. A few of those, along with a lot of new reviews from some very talented and generous souls, will shortly be available as Stop Me If You Think… The Most Under-rated Albums Ever on the Kindle and iBooks platforms. Money raised from the book will go to The Great Ormond Street Children’as Hospital. The book will be available in January.

I am sure there will be plenty more blog books next year too.

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