Interesting article in the Scholarly Kitchen blog today, Blogging Software as A disruptive publishing tool, is there anything it can’t do? The author, Kent Anderson, discusses the popularity and success of blogs as a replacement for traditional news sources (ie Huffington Post and NYT)Â and possibly for books.Â He discusses LeanPub as an option for blogs to be published as books, specifically:
Another new venture, LeanPub, purports to use WordPress so that blog owners can publish their blogs as books, or write books using WordPress at LeanPub and then publish them. Iâ€™ve tried LeanPub. I uploaded the Scholarly Kitchenâ€™s posts through mid-May 2010 into it. The resulting book . . . well, it doesnâ€™t exist. I tried uploading the blog twice, and no dice. Nothing ever came out of their conversion engine. Nevertheless, the site seems to be about 80% right, and thereâ€™s no reason to think it wonâ€™t work at some point. (Remember, part of disruption is that things like this get dismissed too easily, and then incumbents forget theyâ€™re coming.)Kent Anderson under, The Scholarly Kitchen, May 2010
The entire article is worth a read.