Turn Your WordPress Blog Into a Book

Anthologize

I’ve written about this tool before, but so few people know about it—and it’s so incredibly useful!—that it’s worth mentioning again.

Anthologize is a free plug-in for WordPress-based sites and blogs that allows you to manipulate and edit your site content into a book. (Unfortunately, this plugin will only work with self-hosted WordPress sites, not WordPress.com sites.)

Anthologize has drag-and-drop organization, and it exports your content in formats ready for print or digital distribution. Here’s a screenshot showing how easy the interface is.

Anthologize in action

 

It’s also possible to edit your posts within the Anthologize interface (inside WordPress). Posts that you might edit here, as part of a specific book project, do not modify your live, original post on your site. Cool, huh? There’s also an append function that allows you to mash posts into one another.

Other functionality includes:

  • Importing content from an RSS feed or external source (use responsibly!)
  • File exporting options of EPUB, PDF, TEI, and RTF
  • Image export if they’re included in your original posts
Anthologize is active on Twitter (@Anthologize), plus visit the user forums here. It’s an insanely valuable tool, and if you have a TON of content on your site or blog, it can help you transform it into a completely new and wonderful project.

 

Posted in Digital Media, E-Books.
Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Nancy

I want to explore this! Where should I go to find out what a “self-hosted WordPress site is?

Anonymous

Nancy,
A “self-hosted” blog means that instead of keeping your blog on WordPress’s (or Blogger’s, etc.) servers, you rent out space on your own through a host like JustHost or BlueHost. This costs about $50 a year.

Here’s an article from WordPress that explains some of the advantages of self-hosting: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Quick_Start_Guide#Advantages_of_Self-Hosted_WordPress_Blogs

It can be a lot of work, but I think it’s worth it.

Kathleen

You can have someone build a site for you too. It’s what I do. 

Kathleen, The Savvy VA

Jodi Aman

Thanks for this info!  I have bookmarked it for later use!  Excellent!
Jodi Aman

@bibledude

I was just thinking about this! I just hit 1,000 posts, and wanted to pull together a short e-book sample of some of the most important posts over all of that content, and this is the perfect tool to help me do that! Thanks for highlighting it… it looks REALLY handy!

Douglas Andrews

Sounds good, will try it right now!  

Connie Myres

Thanks for posting about this plug-in; I’ll give it a try!

Nancy

This looks fantastic. Another one of those plugins that I can’t believe they let you have for free. 🙂 Thanks for letting us know!

Joanna Penn

Hi Jane, I didn’t find Anthologize that useful personally – it was quite clunky but maybe it’s improved now. Another option is http://www.PressBooks.com that Hugh McGuire has just put out. It’s a separate wordpress site but you can (presumably) import content & it outputs in multiple ebook and print formats. A slightly different take on the same idea.
Thanks as ever, Joanna

Hunter Field

What a neat tool! I hope to use this someday–when I have a TON of material on my website hehe! Whether I would try to sell the book or just have it as a memento to myself, who knows. Thanks for the recommendation, Jane.

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Susan Bearman

Wish it was available for WordPress.com. Anything in the works?

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Asianbug

Any recommendations on best place to do actual printing? Thanks vm!

Adriel

I don’t think Anthologize works any longer as far as the drag and drop of post (I’m using latest version wp). Have you seen this? http://instaproduct.com/special/ – it’s not free however..

Anurag Aggarwal

Thanks for providing this information. It’s going to help me a lot.

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