oct 14

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.


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

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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