My wife and I keep a journal of notes to our twin girls in Day One. After a year of journaling, I wanted to print the entries in a physical book for my wife as a Christmas present.
It was a process to get exactly what I wanted, and this post will serve as a guide to anyone that wants to do something similar.
1. Day One → HTML
Update May 11, 2015
I recently developed a different approach to this problem. This should be much easier for most users. You don’t need to install anything. Just visit https://dayone.donnierayjones.com and drag-n-drop your Day One journal file. It does still require Dropbox sync.
I’ve removed links to my original version that was much more difficult for non-programmers to follow. If you want a link to that just write me a comment below.
2. HTML → PDF
Then I just used Google Chrome’s print to PDF feature to get the PDF I needed. I had to work out the print stylesheet a bit to get everything to fit nicely into pages and not waste too much whitespace.
Ultimately, I now had a PDF that I just needed to turn into a printed book.
3. PDF → Blurb
Blurb offers a PDF to Book service. I had to do some tweaking to the PDF file’s size and format (and it’s really too involved to include in this post), but once I got it all figured out it was easy to set up in Blurb. You upload a cover image and the PDF pages and that’s all there is to it.
4. Blurb → Book
A few days after submitting the project on Blurb I received my newly minted book in the mail. The quality of the book is outstanding considering the price (about $60 for 150 page hardback).
Here’s the final result.
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