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Friday, April 27, 2007

Here Come the Blookers!

The self-publishing Web site Lulu recently announced the short list for its 2007 Blooker Prize -– a $10,000 literary prize for best books based on blogs, Web sites or Web comics. Last year’s winner was Julie and Julia: My Year of Living Dangerously by Julie Powell, which has sold more than 100,000 copies. Frank Warren’s My Secret: A PostSecret Book made the short list this year. It is the second book based on his PostSecret Web log, which encourages people to share their secrets.

Another book on the short list, Doorbells of Florence, is being dubbed an example of “flicktion” by the BBC, since the photos of the Italian city’s door chimes first appeared on the photo-sharing Web site, Flickr, and are accompanied by imaginary stories of the people and things that might be inside.

According to Lulu, “Blooks are the world's fastest-growing new kind of book and an exciting new stage in the life-cycle of content, if not a whole new category of content.”

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