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
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
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.