At present, more and more webmasters are looking to convert their websites into the ebook that comes with an effortlessly downloadable format. Personally speaking, the ebook is useful enough to add credibility to your site, especially when it is listed in some marketplaces just like Amazon. In this way, you can indicate the online authority and professionalism of your site by pointing out the published resources. Even, this leads to the great convenience for your loyal readers to better understand your thoughts, philosophy and ideas.
In fact, ebook can be created in different sizes and formats, among which the single-page PDF and the series-alike EPUB document are the popular options. In addition, you can create it to showcase “the best content” of your site, offer some offline resources for your readers and even publish it as the commercial items.
Looking to know how to achieve this? Here, we have shared some easy steps about how to convert WordPress content into ebook.
Convert WordPress Content into eBook
Here, we’d like to introduce two methods for converting your WordPress content into the ebook. The first option is great if you want to combine some or all your web contents as a comprehensive and pre-packaged ebook that comes with a series of chapters. However, if you want to give your readers enough freedom to view and download their preferred posts and pages, you can choose the second option.
Method 1 – Utilize the Anthologize Plugin
In fact, if you have enough energy and time, you can surely choose to copy and paste your web content into a Word document, arrange them with the right typeset, and then, save this document with the PDF format. However, if you want to create a content-rich ebook, the manual method is time-consuming and messy. In this case, you’d better consider the utilization of Anthologize plugin. With it, you can easily grab your target contents from your WordPress sites, outline the ebook with multiple chapters and export it in multiple formats.
Now, if you have already installed this plugin, you need to click the Anthologize button from your WordPress admin panel. For the settings of this plugin, you only need to decide which user role has the permission to create and edit your ebook.
After that, you can start creating the ebook by clicking the New Project button. Then, you need to decide a title for your ebook, give a sub-title if necessary and assign an author name to this book as a whole. After filling out these fields, you should click the Save Project button.
Now, you can be redirected to the My Projects page that lists all your created ebooks. Here, you need to click the Manage Parts button to outline the content and add the chapters.
In the next screen, you firstly should decide to filter the content based on post type, tag, category or data range. Personally, we recommend you to choose the Post Type option and show all the post types. This way, all your published posts and pages will be listed in the below part.
Next, you should move to the right side of the screen and click the New Part button to add chapters. Here, you only need to enter the chapter name, enter the chapter author optionally and click the Save Changes button.
After that, you need to drag your listed posts under this chapter for the better arrangement and the clear hierarchy of your ebook. Note that you can add as many chapters as you want, and also, you are allowed to edit, remove and preview these chapters and posts easily.
If all your web contents are added and managed properly into your ebook in this step, now, you can click the Import Content button optionally. This step allows you to enter some outside contents into your ebook from other websites. These resources can act as the referral of your content.
Here, you only need to enter the RSS feed address and click the Go button. After that, the plugin will display the feed items so that you can choose some or all of them to be imported into your ebook.
Now, as the ebook content is prepared already, you can export it by clicking the Export Project button. Here, you firstly should choose the right ebook from the drop-down list if you have multiple options created. Then, you need to decide the copyright information that includes the year, copyright folder, copyright type and edition.
The next step is to decide the title and format of your ebook for downloading. There are 5 formats available that include PDF, HTML, TEI, RTF and EPUB. If you want, you can also enter some words for Dedication and Acknowledgements.
The last step is to decide some publishing options such as page size, base font size, font face and page breaking.
After clicking the Export button, now, your ebook will be exported to your local computer. In this case, you can promote or sell it on some online marketplaces such as Amazon. In addition, you can also upload it to your WordPress site. Here, for the proper display, we highly recommend you to add the PDF viewer to the website along with the display of the file download button.
Method 2 – Utilize the PDF & Print Plugin
This plugin is developed by BestWebSoft, with which you can turn your content into the downloadable ebook with individual posts and pages.
After installing it, you can click the BWS Plugins button, and then, choose the PDF & Print option to decide the basic settings.
For instance, you should determine which types of contents can be applied to this plugin, whether to show the PDF button and the Print button for posts, pages, searches and archive pages, which position should the buttons to be displayed, whether to show some additional elements such as the post titles and featured images and whether to display the print window.
Now, you can save the changes. And the front-end showcase just looks as the following.
Deliver and Promote Your eBook
After converting your content into the ebook, now, it’s time to deliver it. Here, we have summarized 3 conditions for you.
Deliver the eBook for Free
If you just want to offer the offline resources to your readers, you can provide a free download for your ebook. For this, WordPress has the default function that allows you to insert the file attachments into your posts so that people can click those attachments to download the ebook.
However, we think you’d better consider the utilization of Download Monitor plugin, with which you can manage and track the downloading of your ebook in a systematic manner.
To use it, you simply need to click the Add New button, use your ebook name as the download title, insert your ebook by clicking the Add File button and publish it. Note that you can choose to only enable the logged-in users to access your ebook.
Now, you can check how many and who have downloaded your ebook from the All Downloads section.
Sell the eBook on Your WordPress Sites
Surely, you can choose to sell your ebook on your WordPress site to earn the money. For this, we think the Easy Digital Downloads plugin is a good option to try. You simply need to install it and click the Add New button. In the editing screen of the new download, you can find a Download Prices section and a Download Files section. The former section is used to set the price and the latter section allows you to insert your ebook.
In addition, this plugin allows you to add some discounts for the downloading of your ebook. Thus, you can provide the discount codes to your loyal readers or when you are launching some promotions.
Sell the eBook on Marketplaces
Another option to earn money via the ebook is to sell it on some marketplaces. Amazon, for instance, is a hot option that has a massive number of book buyers. In addition, Gumroad is another popular choice that gives much flexibility when it comes to the selling strategies and pricing rules.