Anthologize is a free wordpress plugin for converting a blog into book format.
This plugin has a lot of configuration options and output formats. Some of which work well, some didn’t for me. PDF format worked well, the RTF format generated errors for my blog content. Anthologize allows you to select exactly what blog content you want to use and edit it for your resulting book without affecting the original content. It also generates a table of contents. It does include the plugin logo in the header of all the PDF pages which may be a deal-breaker for you.
Follow the usual steps for installing and activating a new wordpress plugin. Search for ‘Anthologize’.
Anthologize has its own section in your WordPress Dashboard. Start in the Projects.
Use the links to create a new project.
Fill in the name of your book, and an optional subtitle for it.
Your project will be created. The ‘Product Details’ link will let you edit the titles again. Use the ‘Manage Parts’ link to filter your blog content and create your new book.
Managing the Book
In the Manage Parts section you can decide exactly what content to display in your book. You can add parts for your book on the right. And you can find blog posts to put into each part as chapters. Simply drag the posts from the left, into the parts on the right to create your book structure. This gives you a lot of control over your content, but is quite tedious if you have hundreds of blog posts.
Use the ‘New Part’ button to add the first part of your book.
Filter the posts by Tag, Category, Date Range or Post Type.
Then you can drill down to a smaller list of blog posts to choose from.
You can drag and drop the blog posts into your book. In this example the first part of the book is called ‘Prelude’ and the blog post ‘First Post’ has been added to that part.
Continue adding parts and blog posts until you have added all the content you want to your book. You can edit each post you have added to the book (without changing the original blog post) and preview how it will look in your book from here too.
Once you’ve arranged the content to your satisfaction it’s time to generate your book.
Go to the Export Project section.
Select your project from the dropdown list and fill in any extra information you want to add to your book before using the Next button.
Now choose the format you want your book to be in.
PDF – this worked well for me
RTF – generated errors and/or a corrupt file every time
ePub – created a pretty good formatted epub file, though a lot of images didn’t transfer correctly for me.
HTML – works but doesn’t look great and the images are all links to your website so they will not be available if your website is offline
TEI – This is an xml format you’re unlikely to use
The options for pdf and rtf generation are very similar. Use the page breaks to make sure there’s a new page at the start of each part of the book, and so that each blog post starts on a new page (items).
When you’re ready, use the Export button and your pdf will be generated.
Anthologize works quite well when you want a lot of control over the content and the formatting of your blog book. However there is a lot of manual effort involved to use it if you’re not too concerned about how your book is formatted, just that you have a readable backup that contains all the content. I would use Print My Blog in that scenario.