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


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

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.


Save BBC 6Music (and five reasons why I hate the BBC)

Most of the time I moan about the Beeb for the following reasons

1 They develop hugely expensive websites which they promote across all their media (radio, TV etc) yet they are very sparing with their links and often don’t credit other media sources when they, ahem, pinch stories

2 They pay stupid sums of money for presenters who really aren’t worth the cash

3 Richard Bacon on Five Live – he makes me cringe

4 Mark Thompson is the smuggest man on the planet – Look at this picture… weep at his words

5 Richard Bacon again

However there are bits of the Beeb I would probably auction off limbs to keep – namely five live’s footy coverage, BBC4’s arts docs and good old BBC Radio 6Music.

Now it appears the Beeb is pondering a rethink of 6Music and has set up a questionnaire to canvas what punters think. So please if you treasure wonderful stuff like Poppy and The Jezebels plus all the weird stuff Stuart Maconie plays and Steve Lamacq’s wonderful forays into 80s and 90s indie pop fill it in now – you can get it here –…

PopJunkie TV has a longer piece on 6Music (and Radio 2 which is also under the spotlight, here –…