15 May 2007

Blogs, books and blooks

In the Guardian today, two articles of interest: First, a feature on the 2007 winner of the Blooker prize.

The Lulu Blooker Prize is the world's first literary prize devoted to "blooks"-books based on blogs or other websites, including webcomics. (from the Blooker prize website)

The prize went to an ex-soldier, a American machine-gunner who wrote his blog while serving in Mosul in 2004. Interestingly, the Guardian points out, this award comes the week when the US army banned a list of sites, including blogs.

The second article is by Zoe Margolis, blogger turned published author, who claims that publishers are now trawling through blogs in an effort to find new authors. Several famous bloggers have of course received book deals from publishers, even though Dooce ended up in court over it. In the UK, Tom Reynolds recently published Blood, Sweat and Tea, and Petite Anglaise, who was famously dooced last year and recently won a court case brought by her ex-employer, has also received a six-figure book deal. In Ireland, Twenty Major also signed for two books with Hodder Headline Ireland.

The only paper “blook” I’ve read so far is Salaam Pax’s The Bahdad Blog, which really was only a printed version of his blog, and as such a little disappointing, in the line of other books which are collections of blog entries from various authors. Blogs don’t make very good books, they lose too much in “translation”, but I certainly hope bloggers will write good books and keep their blogs running as well.


Cheryl Hagedorn said...

What's dooced?

Cathy said...

Hi Cheryl. Dooced is a word created from the blog of Heather Armstrong, who has the dubious honour of being the first blogger fired because of her blog, Dooce. Since then, if, like Petite Anglaise, you are fired because your boss didn't like your blog, you have been dooced.

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