Do you have some blog posts you’d like to turn into a free lead magnet for your email newsletter? Have you been writing a post series that could be turned into a book? There are many reasons why you might want to convert some of your WordPress content into an ebook or PDF document.
However, copying and pasting your published blog posts into an application like Word is likely to land you with a large clean up job on your hands, especially if you want to ensure that everything looks as it should.
Thankfully there is another option available to WordPress users and that is to install a plugin that has been created to turn a selection of posts into an ebook format. In this post we will take a look at some of the best options available for creating an ebook or PDF from WordPress posts.
WordPress Plugins for Converting Posts into an Ebook
By using these plugins you will get an easy to use interface that WordPress users should have no trouble getting started with. These ebook creation plugins allow you to select which content you would like to include in the ebook, before they are merged and converted into a single file.
The best plugins of this type give you a number of themes to choose from, which are then used to style your content during the conversion process. You also often get a number of different file formats to choose from for the output file, including PDF, ePub, Mobi, and RTF.
So whether you are creating a PDF to giveaway on your website or an ebook to publish for the Kindle or other e-reader, using one of the plugins below will help you create your document in no time at all.
MagPress is a premium plugin that has been designed to help you turn your WordPress content into an ebook.
For $49 you get a quick and easy way to select the posts and pages to be included in your ebook, before publishing them in the main ebook formats: PDF, ePub, and Mobi. This will mean that your creations are readable on pretty much any device, from desktops and laptops, through to smartphones, tables, and e-readers like the Kindle.
The MagPress plugin integrates nicely with your WordPress website, with all the steps taking place within your WordPress dashboard. You can filter the posts to be included in the ebook, before choosing from one of the 10 included templates that apply the formatting of the PDF document.
There are also 30 fonts to choose from when it comes to publishing the final version of the ebook, as well as a quick way to add an index of links from the source content to the end of the book.
While this isn’t a free ebook plugin for WordPress, its ease of use should save you enough time to make this a worthwhile investment.
Anthologize is a free tool for creating ebooks out of your WordPress content.
After activating the plugin on your website, you can create a new project through the WordPress admin area of your website. Once you’ve given the project a title and sub-title, you can then start adding content to the project.
The pages of your ebook are organized into parts and once you’ve created at least one part, the posts from your blog can be added to those parts. The Anthologize plugin gives you an easy to use interface for filtering the posts of your blog, which can then be dragged and dropped into the relevant part.
When your content is ready to be published, clicking the export button allows you to add author and copyright information, and then choose the format, such as PDF, ePub, HTML, and then download the files that are created.
Anthologize gives you an easy process for creating an ebook from your blog content, thanks largely to its drag and drop interface.
PressBooks is a paid service which allows you to convert content into an ebook. After signing up you can use their modified WordPress website to turn your content into a PDF or ebook. They also offer a full conversion service that allows you to mail them a Word file which they will then turn into an ebook.
The premium service gives you access to a decent number of themes you can use to style your book, and you can export your work in a number of different electronic file formats. As well as the premium hosted service, there is also a free open source plugin that you can use to build your own document creation tool by adding the plugin to a fresh installation of WordPress – not to your existing blog.
You can try the online service for free to get a better sense of how PressBooks works, but you will have to pay at least $19.99 to remove the watermarks from the resultant files – unless you want to use the plugin to create your own self-hosted version of the tool.
Kalin’s PDF Creation Station is a free and popular plugin for turning your WordPress posts and pages into PDF documents. The plugin also supports text and HTML file generation making it a flexible option.
You can also use this plugin to add buttons to your posts and pages that let your readers instantly turn your content into a PDF they can download for their own reference. This plugin gives you a good amount of control over how your finished document will look, allowing you to change the font size, add custom titles, and more. You can then save those settings as a template for future use.
This is a flexible and free option that gives you lots of options for creating your digital documents. It can also be used with a free online service like PDF Tools to then turn those files into more e-reader friendly formats such as ePub and Mobi.
How to Sell Ebooks from Your WordPress Website
If you ever want to sell any of the ebooks you’ve created, whether they are in PDF or ePub format, WordPress offers the perfect platform for doing so.
Although there are many ecommerce plugins for WordPress, Easy Digital Downloads is arguably the best option when it comes to selling digital downloads like ebooks online.
We’ve already covered how to setup WordPress to sell digital products with this plugin so take a look at that guide if you want to get started as quickly as possible.
Also, don’t forget to our guide to the best add-ons for Easy Digital Downloads for upgrading your store as it becomes more popular.
You can even find a guide to the best ecommerce themes for WordPress to give your website that professional look and feel.
Just as there is more than one way to skin a cat, there are plenty of ways to turn WordPress posts and pages into digital documents like PDFs or ePub.
Whether you are writing your next novel and want to use the familiar WordPress interface to compose your book, or you’ve already got some great content that would suit being complied and turned into a single document, the plugins featured here can help you out.
Have you ever tried to convert web content into an ebook? Would using a plugin have made the job easier? Which file format do you prefer for an ebook? Share your thoughts in the comments below.