I often like to turn my long blog posts into free, printable PDF ebooks. I think it’s good to give my readers the option to print them out for future reference or save them to their computer to read later.

After spending 7 hours writing my last blog post, I really didn’t want to spend any more time turning it into an ebook. But then I stumbled on a super easy way to convert my blog posts into nice PDF ebooks in literally about 15 seconds.

Before I go any further, yes, I know there are WordPress plugins that automatically convert every post into a PDF file, but I’ve never been a fan of those. I like having a bit more control over what the final product looks like.

Oh, and this trick works for both WordPress and Blogger blogs, though I had to delete more empty spaces when I tested it out with a Blogger post.

Basically, the process entails

  1. Selecting (Ctrl/Cmd + A) and copying (Ctrl/Cmd + C) the blog post while you’re in the WordPress (or Blogger) edit post mode
  2. Pasting it into a Word document
  3. Copying and pasting the title into the Word document
  4. Saving the Word document as a PDF.

And then voilà! Done!

Here’s a quick video where I go through the process:

[Click here if you can’t see the video]

A few other notes:

  1. I tried pasting the copied blog post into Google Docs but it didn’t turn out well.
  2. I also tried it in Open Office Writer, but it didn’t turn out well either. The formatting is lost. But a bonus of OpenOffice is that you can directly save your .doc file as a PDF…
  3. I have Microsoft Word 2007. Your mileage may vary with other versions.
  4. You might want to do other things like add your blog’s name/URL as a footer or header, or maybe add a Twitter retweet or Facebook share button/link.

Hopefully this tip helps someone out! While I do like to occasionally spend the extra time and effort to craft a really nice-looking ebook, I’ll definitely be using this quick and dirty tip more often.

  • Have you ever tried this tip before?
  • Do you plan on using this in the future?
  • What’s YOUR favorite way to create PDF ebooks quickly?