Recently a friend asked me if I knew of any resources for printing your blog into a book, and I remembered that I have been meaning to post about this for ages. I DO have a few resources, but I've only tried one.
About a year ago, I dug all around the internet looking for this very thing. It is surprising to me that with the immense popularity of blogs that someone hasn't developed an easy and pretty way to turn them into hardcover hold-in-your-hands books. So many people use blogging as a way to capture family and life stories, it seems like making them permanent would be the next step. Alas, this isn't exactly so.
Blurb will slurp your blog's content into a book, but it's not without tremendous effort and re-formatting that you can make it look decent. (I sort of find this to be true about Blurb's photo books in general. They are BEAUTIFUL when finished, and customizable in a hundred ways, but their interface is not that intuitive. I wrote a little bit about Blurb's photo books here.)
Blog2Print was really easy to use and had most of the things that mattered to me: I could delete a whole category of posts (I didn't include giveaways, for example), the formatting wasn't THAT bad. It wasn't perfect, and it was very, shall we say, automated (meaning the flow was only about space, if the title of a post was on one page and the content didn't start until the next page, well that was too bad). But, it was done and it was easy.
I didn't like that the photos weren't as large on the page as they were in the post (see what this concealer post looked like on the web), but again, it wasn't something I'm going to make a huge fuss over.
*edited to add: I just noticed on the Blog2Print website that you are now able to change the size of your photos AND that you can insert page breaks so that a new post starts on a new page. As I make my next book, I'll report back on if that makes a big difference in the overall look.
I really liked that it was set up to pull posts from my specific platform (I use typepad), and I think that made the difference in the wonky formatting of Blurb versus Blog2Print. Blog2Print also supports blogger, wordpress, and tumblr.
When the Blog2Print book arrived, it reminded me a little bit of a yearbook. And I guess in some ways it is. I was able to print just the year I wanted (choosing by dates), and plan to do every year catching up. It's not the prettiest, but it's done.
And that's what matters.