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Now this is a fantastic project. Even better, it’s been going since 2006!

Called Open Lab (or The Open Laboratory, in book form), it’s a collection of the best science blogging on the net. Each year, some 50-53 posts are selected from the hundreds sent in, and amalgamated into a book.

Not only is this extremely cool, but it actually gets better. The books are available through Lulu – why, you ask? Well, it’s simple. Lulu is a print-on-demand service. It’s a brilliant idea – no wastage, no huge print runs, customised printing and it means that people who might ordinarily not be able to get a publisher interested, can still get their work out there. Hurrah!

For anyone who’s interested, the nominations for Open Lab 2009 can be found here – over 370 so far, and counting.

If you’re interesting in purchasing copies of the previous three years’ worth of goodness (which we did yesterday in digital format), they can be found simply by clicking on the pictures.



It comes to about US$94/95 for all three, plus normal P&P. Alternatively, buy all three for less than $30 us digitally, and simply print them out.

Enjoy! I’m looking forward to getting stuck into 2008 tonight…

For anyone who’s interested in print-on-demand technology, have a look at this: the awe-inspiring Espresso Book Machine®, which is being trialled in a few places in the states. What I would give to have access to one of these in Wellington…

Also, an admission: you can get the 2007 Open Lab book on Fishpond…for$65. And they’re available on Amazon but again, you’ve got to pay postage and packaging, and they’re no less expensive.