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Rex Sorgatz

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oct 14
2009

Blog To Books

At a party recently I was talking to Michael Malice, who co-founded Overheard in New York, about the history of the blog-to-book trend. We were trying to recall the first instance of a blog becoming a book, but couldn't think of it. Coincidentally, Urlesque has published a timeline (and story) of the meme, which credits Tucker Max as the founding occurrence (30 days before Overheard). This somehow seems wrong.

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Add any we missed to the timeline, too! FYI, we went by the publish dates on Amazon for the reference points.

posted by Kelly at 3:08 PM on October 14, 2009

Dipity is kinda confusing, but you have to click to expand -- the first instance we have on the timeline is actually PostSecret in Nov 2005

posted by Kelly at 3:12 PM on October 14, 2009

Regarding the Tucker Max book release date -- I went by only the year (2006) because I couldn't find other information. I'm pretty sure, that PostSecret was first. Don't worry!

posted by Lindsey at 3:13 PM on October 14, 2009

The Suck.com book ("Suck: Worst-Case Scenarios in Media, Culture, Advertising, and the Internet"), came out in 1997. (amazon)

posted by Johnny at 3:52 PM on October 14, 2009

Also:
Fucked Company (2002)
Hackers and Painters (2004), syndicated from Paul Graham's blog

posted by Andy Baio at 5:26 PM on October 14, 2009

I might be late to the party, but this site can't be too far from a contract: http://www.lamebook.com/

posted by RiskeBiz at 6:08 PM on October 14, 2009

Wasn't Save Karyn in this category and like 2002/3 or something? Or is she not considered a blog?

posted by Cornejo at 10:53 AM on October 16, 2009

Just finished this one, that I've been meaning to read since I bought it 5 years ago, publish date January 2005: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intimate-Adventures-London-Call-Girl/dp/0297847821

Here's another one (in which I even make an appearance): Lisa Carver's blog from nerve.com, publish date 2002! http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Diaries-Years-Carver-Company/dp/1892723166/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255856295&sr=1-1

posted by Rick Webb at 5:00 AM on October 18, 2009




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