(Posted from The Publeconomist, published 8/4/10)
This may be especially useful for authors who maintain blogs (it seems like most authors nowadays have a blog). Anthologize is a cool new Wordpress plug-in that allows bloggers to convert their blogs into books. As soon as I heard about this plug-in, I instantly thought about Julie Powell’s blog. This plug-in will be great for several different types of writers. People who blog about instructional material (i.e. cooking, gardening, etc.) will benefit, and so will authors who blog fictional vignettes or short stories. Who knows if people will actually buy the e-books, since all that’s being published is material that’s already free on the Internet. But for some bloggers, offering a free e-book based on their blog may be an awesome value-added addition to their website.
For example, look at our very own travel correspondent, Fulgencio Milano. Although he puts most of his material on Yelp, he does keep an archive of his reviews here at the Publeconomist. As a result, someday he could transform that blog into a travel e-book listing his reviews of the restaurant scene in various American cities. Travelers who download his e-book will then have all of his reviews in one quick, easily navigable setting, rather than having to sort through his blog or Yelp reviews just to get his opinion on a few restaurants.
I’m excited to see how Anthologize will transform the blogosphere, and also whether or not bloggers will make money off of it. Regardless, it’s a fantastic new tool for those people who blog using Wordpress.
Anthony DiFiore, Publisher
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