How to create a book out of your blog posts

In our last blog post, we discussed reasons to reuse articles or content for yourself, your publication or your company. Today we’re going to take a deeper dive into one way to do exactly that. We will cover how to create a book out of a blog. (You can see examples of books like these here on our samples page: http://woop.ie/samples.html.)

FIRST THINGS FIRST

You’ll need a Woopie account, if you don’t already have one.
Click here to sign up for an account.

START WITH YOUR BLOG

Simply use Woopie’s “Create from Blog” button. Add the URL of your blog and click “import.” It’s as easy as that!

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FILTERING RSS FEEDS
Perhaps you want to focus the content a bit more. If you don’t want the last ten posts of your blog, you can also import a custom RSS feed or one sorted by tags or categories. 

As an example, here’s the RSS feed from Inc.com with only the “startup advice” posts: 
http://www.inc.com/feeds/channel/start-up

Here’s an RSS feed from Woopie with only the “epub” posts: 
http://blog.woop.ie/tagged/epub/rss

Using WordPress for your blog? Getting a specific RSS feed from WordPress is really easy. Just type your URL plus either “category” or “tag” followed by the word you want and then “/feed/“. 

Some examples: 
http://www.talkingnewmedia.com/category/magazines/feed/
http://blog.readyforzero.com/category/money-saving-tips/feed/

Tumblr is just as easy. It’s just the URL followed by “tagged” and the category name. 

Some examples:
http://scribnerbooks.tumblr.com/tagged/books/rss
http://stanfordbusiness.tubmlr.com/tagged/Leadership/rss

ADDING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES BY URL
You’re all set to publish your book and then a new article is posted to the blog, which you’d like to include. Do you have to start over? 

Nope. You can simply import that extra article right from its URL. Go to the article listing. At the top right, you’ll see a “New Article From URL” button. Click that and paste in the URL of the article. Woopie does the rest. 

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TO IMPORT IMAGES OR NOT TO IMPORT IMAGES: 
Creating a self-contained ebook for Amazon or iBooks requires us to import your images or they will appear as broken links. However the image importing takes a bit more time than just the text. 

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As a rule of thumb, you can skip image importing if you just need a web version of your book or the content will always be online. If you need it to be available offline, it is safer to import the images. 

PUBLISH – VOILÀ!: 

You can now simply click the “Generate” button on the article listing page to have Woopie create your book. Simple!

Next week we’ll cover previewing and publishing your work through Woopie. In the meantime, be sure to check out our ebook samples at http://woop.ie/samples.html.

Woopie’s simple RSS import function means it’s a snap to pull in your best blog posts and turn them into ready-to-sell ebooks. Try it for free for 30 days at http://woop.ie/

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