I’ve had the misfortune, lately, of watching TV with commercials. In general I put commercials out of my mind, but the commercials from mobile service providers and a prominent printer company showing people panicking because they lost or forgot their paper presentations and then rejoicing as they remember they can, in some shiny near future, print their presentation are annoying me. My problem — when was the last time a professional or a student presented anything to a group of people huddled around a spiral bound notebook? If your presentation is accessible by mobile, you’re golden. Download it and project it like you have been doing for the past 10-years.
It’s actually rather sad to me to watch the lack of imagination and the stagnation of thought in these commercials. Did the marketing people who came up with these commercials present the concept for the commercials in a spiral bound notebook? I shudder to think of the brains behind “print from mobile” and it appalls me to think that any company would actually spend precious R&D dollars on something so pointless.
For users of Google’s Blogger service, Google Blog 2 Print is drop Dead Simple to use. Unfortunately, the resulting book is very expensive, starting at $29.95 for a 20-page hard cover book.
I found Google Blog 2 Print by searching “blog to print book” in a Google search window. Of course, the Google service came up first. So I clicked on it. After doing this, the service presented me with a choice: move straight ahead to purchase a book or take the web service for a test drive. I decided to take a test drive so I entered in the address of one of my Blogger blogs — you know the one. I also uploaded a cover image to use and entered that I wanted all of entries to be used (the tool also has a way to input a date range) and then pushed “next.” Within 2 or 3-mins the web service presented me with a preview of my book and asked if I wanted to personalize it. I did and then it was at this point that the program prompted me to register as a user. Once I registered, I was taken to a nother easy to use tool that allowed me to either choose a pre-rendered cover or to upload my own. I chose a suitable pre-rendered cover and moved on to do a full preview of the finished booked. Satisfied with my creation, I purchased 1 softcover book. The whole process took me less than 10-mins. It should arrive here on November 27th. I’ll let you know how it turns out. The cost was pretty steep, though, at $29.95 for a 40-page soft bound book.
Oh, it looks like you can’t sell your book to the public through this service. It’s purely a vanity service.