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A blook is a printed book that contains or is based on content from a blog.

The first printed blook was User Interface Design for Programmers, by Joel Spolsky, published by Apress on June 26, 2001, based on his blog Joel on Software.[citation needed] An early blook was written by Tony Pierce in 2002 when he compiled selected posts from his one-year-old blog and turned the collection into a book called "Blook".[1] The name came about when Pierce held a contest, asking his readers to suggest a title for the book. Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine won the contest and subsequently invented the term.[2] Pierce went on to publish two other blooks, How To Blog and Stiff.

Print-on-demand publisher Lulu inaugurated the Lulu Blooker Prize for blooks, which was first awarded in 2006.[3] The printed blook phenomenon is not limited to self-publishing. Several popular bloggers have signed book deals with major publishers to write books based on their blogs. However, some publishers are starting to realize that blog popularity does not translate to sales. Blog to book conversions via traditional publishing houses still happen, but the focus has shifted from blog popularity to content quality.[4]

"Blook" was short-listed in 2006 for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary and was a runner-up for Word of the Year.[5]

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  1. ^ " + bushblog". tony pierce dot com. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  2. ^ Jarvis, Jeff (21 December 2002). "Posts from December 21, 2002". BuzzMachine. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ Gibson, Owen (3 April 2006). "From blog to book: first awards for online writers who became mainstream successes". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ Warner, Kara (11 December 2007). "The sharp rise (and quick fall) of the bloggers' books". am New York. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  5. ^ Phillips, Sarah (12 October 2006). "'Bovvered' wins Word of the Year award". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014.