New Tools: Create a Book From Your Site or Blog Content

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Anthologize is a free software that was just released as part of a nonprofit initiative called One Week | One Tool. It's very, very new—it hasn't even reached 1.0 stage yet. But it's worth experimenting with now!

What is Anthologize?
Anthologize is a plug-in that works with Wordpress sites to generate books from site/blog content.

Who can use Anthologize?
You need a website that uses Wordpress as a content management system (version 3.0). Your site must be self-hosted—meaning you can't use this kind of advanced plug-in with a free Wordpress.com blog.

What kind of book do I end up with?
Your book is outputted in PDF, epub, or TEI format.

What content will it pull? How do I assemble the content or edit it?
You decide what content to use. You can pull any posts from your own blog, import feeds from other sites (be respectful of copyright, OK?), or create the content inside Anthologize. Then you organize, edit, and further craft it into the final e-book version within Anthologize before exporting.

What are the potential uses for this?
Unlimited. Anthologize offers some ideas here, including:

  • Publish conference proceedings
  • Collaborate on a project with other writers/bloggers/educators
  • Create student portfolios of work
  • Organize lecture notes and supplements into a course packet
  • Produce a chapbook of poetry
  • Publish a family history

Feeling like you're a fan already? Anthologize offers free stickers.

Go forth and experiment! (Since this plug-in is very new, be sure to read about known issues before installing it.)

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