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The content of your Tumblr shouldn’t be confined to an online site, when it can be printed, shared, cherished as a book; to be viewed, and read for generations to come. Too often we take our blogs for granted, and we don’t realize how important it is to preserve our blogging content in more than one format.
Booklrs, a new company out of the Netherlands, can now turn your Tumblr blog into a beautiful book, and the process process takes just three simple steps.
Booklrs is the best solutions for your self-publishing needs — it doesn’t require you to upload or layout anything. It does the entire publishing process for you.
Booklrs was kind of enough to send me a book based on one of my Tumblr blog posts, which consist of online book reviews I’ve published over the years. Though my reviews are easily accessible on my Tumblr site, reading them in the paper book format adds another dimension to the content. And long after I quit updating the blog, the published book will be available on my bookshelf for reading and passing along to my children, along with my other cherished books.
A Booklrs Book
Booklrs allows customers to print their blog using one of 15 original or minimalistic themes. Each theme puts the content of a blog into a square 8″ x 8″, three-column layout, and books can be published in hardcover (up to 500 pages) or softcover (up to 250 pages). It works similar to how Twournal publishes your Twitter tweets.
Booklrs provides multiple color covers to choose from, and all the blog entries are dated with classy ornaments. The layouts do not obscure the content of your book, and you can choose an even more minimal theme with less surrounding ornaments. Do note: Booklrs resizes the photos imported from your blog, to preserve printable image quality. This is because Tumblr automatically downsizes all uploaded images to 1280 pixels, and thus some images may look blurry or pixelated when printed in book format.
Make The Book From Your Blog
To create a book, allow Booklrs to fetch your Tumblr blog content, which can come from your main or secondary Tumblr site, and then fill in the customized content, including the book title, subtitle, a short forward, and the optional back cover description.
You get the option to exclude types of content from your book, such as chats and answers to questions from your Tumblr followers. The customization process also includes an image filtering feature, which allows, for example, to change your color photos to monochrome. And you can select the date range of the blog posts you want to include in your book.
You can’t as of now select individual blog posts to exclude from your book. You will need to remove selected posts temporarily from your blog if you don’t want them included in your book.
Booklrs also supports Asian characters, and the company is working to add support for Turkish and Scandinavian languages.
After Booklrs assembles your book, you can preview exactly how it will look, and then save the project to your workstation. I previewed my book in several different themes before choosing the final published format.
The prices for a published book start at $16.50 for softcover format, to $118 for a book of 400-900 posts (about 180 pages). Softcover books can hold a maximum of 250 pages. Hardcovers can hold 500. While the prices are a little hefty, I find the print quality very good, and the service is easy to use. My published book arrived in the US in about three weeks.
The topics and types of Tumblr blogs for a Booklrs book are unlimited. But you might want to think about a Booklrs book as a special project. Here are a few ideas:
- A book based on the first year of your newborn
- A collection of letters written to your children.
- A travel book.
- A collection of blog posts about your church or organization.
- A personal, local, or national story that you post content about.
- A collection of posts about a sports, music, or holiday event.
- A book of your private journal or diary.
- A display book about your business.
- A portfolio or art book.
You might consider creating a new secondary blog specifically for your Booklrs project. A lot of the content you curate in your Tumblr blog may not be around a decade from now, and a Booklrs book can preserve that content for years to come.
New features and improvements are in the works for Booklrs, and these include adding a book title to the spine of books, the option to add a table of contents, full control over the book cover design, and the ability to selectively rearrange individual posts in the order you want for the book editing process. Maarten, the founder and developer of Booklrs, also foresees lowering the shipping costs as book sales increase.
As far I can tell, since the demise of Feed Fabrik, which we listed in our article about Tumblr tips there is no other company that publishes Tumblr books the way Booklrs does.
Have you tried the service? Let us know what you think of the Booklrs printing service and what other features you would like to see added.