pyxlin vs blog

There seems to be some confusion about pyxlin and blogging. Here are some examples:

“If you charge too much for the actual journal service (which is, essentially, a blog) you won’t get any members because the service is available free elsewhere.”

“A very interesting concept that I had never though of before. (IE the ability to have a hard copy of your online journal/blog)”

“good idea, but sell the book – not the blog.”

“The only real difference between this and the LJ [LiveJournal is a blog] I use now is the drag and drop pictures and the ability to print it hardbound- but Im cheap and probably would pay for it and would stick with LJ. I also dont feel like I really blog/journal enough to make it worth my while- if I want something to keep private and on paper, I’ll write it in my journal notebook by hand (which I prefer anyway).”

“I consider my written personal journal a completely different animal than my blog. What makes my written journal unique is the fact that it’s handwritten and unproofed, which makes it most personal to me. I would never want it to be electronic, it would lose the qualities that make it special.”

It is apparent that some think that pyxlin is another form of a blog. Today, I will dispel this myth by showing you that although pyxlin is as cool as any blog, it is a far different animal.

Lets take a look at some screen shots of a blog and then pyxlin:

This is a screen shot of me editing this pyxlin blog:

wordpress screenshot

As you can see the WordPress editor is pretty technical. It would scare my mom right away. As you read this you can see what it looks like published. It is all in web form.

This is a screen shot of my own pyxlin journal:


As you can see pyxlin is far different from my blog. I showed it to my mom on Sunday and she said, “Wow, this is so easy to use. ” Tell me the last time your mom said that about blogging.

Pyxlin is bookmaking application. Pyxlin will be able to import blog entries. Pyxlin will be able to import MS Word docs. Pyxlin can import photos from Flickr. Pyxlin is a typesetting system. Pyxlin takes all the good bits of self-publishing and traditional journals and mixes them with the even better bits of the web.


July 16, 2007. discussions, features, journal research, personal-publishing, typesetting, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Personal Publishing – Part 1

Library Certified Bindings

Pyxlin keeps your private journal online, includes you favorite photos, and then publishes a beautiful hardbound journal.

You can feel confident knowing that pyxlin’s bindery is one of only 30 book binderies world-wide that are library certified.

You can also feel comfortable that pyxlin is planning to offer an inexpensive perfect-bound journal option for the bargain shopper.


Library Certified




Perfect Bound

(not so perfect)

Pyxlin takes your personal journal beyond simple bookstore or photobook quality. Library Certified Double-fan adhesive bindings use an emulsion copolymer of internally plasticized polyvinyl acetate adhesive (PVA). SAY THAT TEN TIMES FAST! In real people language it just means pyxlin uses super strong glue that was formulated specifically for preservation materials that will not become brittle with age. After your journal, or diary, rolls off our professional press the binding must be left to dry for one day. During the drying process the glue literally fuses itself into the paper resulting in the highest possible binding strength. The increased strength of double-fan adhesive allows you to print journals up to 2 inches thick! Only 30 book binderies world-wide have library certified double-fan adhesive bindings. Library certified means that each journal you print will be created following the 27 page book of library binding standards set forth by the Library Binding Institute(LBI) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). These three organizations provided over 200 printing and binding professionals to vote on the world-wide library standard. The vast majority of Internet publishers and photobook companies use perfect bound books (e.g. Lulu, Kinkos, MyPublisher, iPhoto, and many more). Perfect bindings are cheap and even offered free by some companies like InstantPublisher. Perfect bound books are also know as the “soft cover” option, which is similar to a paperback novel or a bookstore quality binding. For visual purposes you can put a hardcover on a perfect bound book. Perfect bound is excellent for novels, magazines (e.g. National Geographic uses perfect bound), corporate reports, manuals, brochures, notepads, and annual reports; but perfect bound books are not built to last.

In a nutshell, pyxlin’s library certified journals will be better quality than any self-publishing company on the web. Library certified means your personal journal will stand the test of time. Your kids, grandkids, and great grandkids will be able to learn from your life’s experiences. The library certified option will be naturally more expensive than Lulu, Blurb and others, but they will also be higher quality with fantastic guaranties.

Even though pyxlin will not offer perfect bound journals and diaries in the first months of printing, we are looking into the option of a soft-bound journal that will be similar to the quality and price of Lulu’s books.

Journal publishing prices will be announced at the release of pyxlin.

If you have questions or comments about this post please send us a comment. We will always respond.

June 6, 2007. discussions, features, personal-publishing, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.