Writing a quality blog post takes some time. You need to do the necessary research and put a lot of effort to prepare high-quality blog content. And when does this hard work pays off? It pays off when your post goes wildly popular.
However, that does not happen every day. In reality, most of your posts are ignored and remain within the boundary of your blog. So, how can you get more exposure for your quality blog posts?
There are various answers to that question. Publishing an e-book is one of these ways. By converting your quality posts into ebooks, you can quickly distribute them and make your brand more popular. That sounds interesting, right?
Yes, that is fascinating. But there’s only one problem. How can you convert a post on your WordPress site to an e-book? That is what we will discuss in today. In this post, I will introduce you to three different ways create an e-book from your WordPress posts and pages.
Before we begin, let’s take a quick look at the methods I will discuss today. They are –
Each of these comes with some unique feature and benefits. Let’s discuss them one by one.
Anthologize is a powerful service for converting WordPress posts into ebooks. You can download the plugin from the official plugin directory. Once you install and activate the plugin, it will create a new menu item titled ‘Anthologize’ in your dashboard.
Anthologize uses concepts like project and parts. Each project is a separate ebook, and the parts are the chapters of that ebook. To create a new project, go to Anthologize -> New project. You will be taken to a page like the following –
Give the project a title, subtitle and optionally, an author name. Click ‘Save Project‘ once you have provided the necessary information. You can view all the projects by going to Anthologize -> My Projects.
Hovering over a project name will reveal three additional options –
- Project Details
- Manage Parts
- Delete Project
Click on the ‘Manage Parts‘. This will take you to a page like the following –
At this point, you need to create a new part. To do that, click the ‘New Part’ button. In the next page, you will find options to provide the title and author for the part. As you add new parts, they will appear in the manage parts section. For each part, you will have three options – Edit, Preview, and Remove.
On the left side, you will find a list of the posts and pages on your website. These contents could be filtered by tag, category, post type or a specific date range. Once you have found the desired post, you can drag and drop it into the appropriate part. Each part can include multiple posts.
All the posts and parts could be rearranged by dragging and dropping them into different positions. And you can view live previews of the posts and parts by clicking the respective ‘Preview‘ button. For the posts, you will also find a button titled ‘Append‘. By clicking that button, you can join that post with the other posts of that part.
Once you have added and arranged your desired parts and posts, click the ‘Export Project’ button. This will take you to the following page –
Provide the necessary information including the year, copyright holder, copyright type, edition and author. Then, click ‘Next’. In this page, you will find different options to customize the title, dedication, and acknowledgment sections.
Below, you can choose the export format. The available options include PDF, RTF, epub, HTML, and TEI. After choosing the options, click ‘Next‘. In this page, you will find separate fields for choosing the page size, base font size, font face and page break options.
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Once you have chosen all the options, click the ‘Export’ button. Depending on your chosen format, you will be provided with the finalized version of your ebook.
MagPress is a dedicated WordPress plugin for converting ebooks from your site’s posts. The simple interface of the plugin allows you to create ebooks in various formats including Mobi, epub, and PDF. For the PDF format, you can choose any of the 10+ templates. Each of the templates is fully customizable. You can also choose a custom font for your PDF ebook.
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Once you install the plugin, it will create a new menu item titled ‘eBook creation‘ in your website dashboard. To create a new ebook, you have to go to eBook creation -> Choose your template. In the resulting page, you will find all the available templates listed.
After the templates, there is an option to upload a custom front page for the ebook. Then, you will find separate options to choose the number of columns, display a table of content, display thumbnail images and to choose a font for various sections.
After making the necessary changes, click the ‘Save Changes and go to next step’ button. At this point, you will be taken to the content selection section. Here, you can filter posts by using various options like category, tag, author, date and month. Once the result is available, you can remove the unwanted post(s) by clicking the cross sign.
Once you have finalized your choice, provide a name for the ebook on the right sidebar. Then, click the ‘Save and go to content creation’ button.
In the next page, you will be provided with editing options for the selected chapter(s). And for each article, you will have some customization options. The available options include choosing the number of columns, using the thumbnail image and adding a page break after the article.
And by clicking the ‘Edit Article’ button, you can change the title, description and the actual content of the chapter.
Once you have completed the customization and editing tasks, click the ‘Preview your ebook‘ button. In the next page, you will be provided with a live preview of the ebook. You will also find separate links of the ebook in different formats.
With a host of reputed clients including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Thought Catalog Books, Newsweek Insights and University of Michigan Press, Pressbooks is a well-known service for converting your WordPress posts into ebooks.
You can create free ebooks with Pressbooks, but the ebooks will have a watermark of the company. If you want to remove the watermark, you have to purchase a pro pack. By purchasing the ‘EBOOK Pro‘ pack for $19.99 per book, you can remove the watermark in the epub and Mobi versions. If you want to remove the watermark from the PDF version too, you have to purchase the ‘PDF+EBOOK Pro‘ package, which is priced at $99 per book.
When using Pressbooks, you won’t have to worry about the coding, design or any formatting issues. As you choose your desired style and choose the available customization options, the necessary settings will take place automatically. There are more than 50 different templates available for the ebook and print versions.
You can get your ebook ready for two purposes –
- You can print them by using services like IngramSpark and CreateSpace
- You can publish the ebook for Amazon, Nook, Kobo and iTunes.
Unlike most other book publishing platforms, Pressbooks does not take any fee from your book revenues. You are free to keep all the royalties, net sales and other profits from your ebook(s).
If your ebook project involves editors and co-authors, Pressbooks could be the perfect choice for you. The simple and easy editing options allow you to revise the ebook without any limitations. And if you want to do some promotion for your ebook, Pressbooks has got you covered too. You can easily send sample book chapters to reviewers or share in social media networks.
Pressbooks allows you to import the content from various sources including WordPress. First of all, you have to export the content from your WordPress Dashboard. You can do that from the Tools -> Export page.
Then, you need to import the content into your Pressbooks account. And to do that, you need to log into the Pressbooks dashboard. As the dashboard looks very similar to the WordPress dashboard, you will find your way quickly,
To import the content into your Pressbooks account, go to the Tools -> Import page. Select ‘WordPress’ and choose the file you exported from your WordPress site. You will also find additional options to choose specific posts, assigning posts as front matter, back matter, chapter, etc.
For each chapter of your book, you can choose a separate layout and customize the heading, subheading from the formatting menu. You can also rearrange the chapter positions.
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Manually collecting the posts from your website and creating ebooks with them is a long and tiring process. It is very hard to continue with this annoying, time-consuming process. However, after reading this tutorial, now you know about the three excellent sources to create ebooks from WordPress posts.
With the help of these tools, you won’t have to follow the manual process anymore. These simple but powerful tools take care of the design and formatting options. You just need to change the options, and the rest is automatic.
Are you planning to create ebooks from your WordPress posts? If yes, let me know which tool you will use to do that. And if you are using any other tool, let me know that too.