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Curate Any Blog or RSS Feed Into a Downloadable eBook with Bloxp

Curate Any Blog or RSS Feed Into a Downloadable eBook with Bloxp | eBook Publishing World | Scoop.it



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Bloxp is a free web app which can autmatically convert any blog feed, from start to end, into a downloadable eBook. But there's more.


Before you actually download the final eBook in your preferred file format, you can actually select which stories from the selected blog feed you want to be included in the final publication and in which order you want them to be.


You could therefore "curate" your own selection of best posts on a specific topic you have covered in the past and rapidly create a downloadable  ebook to share with your readers or to use as a lead generation offer.


Bloxp can capture up to 250 posts and clean them up properly for use inside most ebook readers, Kindle included.


Bloxp offers also the option to convert all found links into footnotes and to create a full Table of Contents.


You can download your blog feed converted into an eBook as an ePub or Mobi file, ready to be distributed anywhere you like. (You can also easily create a PDF by using the "Preview" function and then saving to PDF from your own browser).


N.B.: Unlike other similar services, where only the most recent posts are included, Bloxp will crawl the given blog feed searching for every post written since it was created.


Free to use.


More info + try it out now: http://www.bloxp.com/


P.S.: Not all sites may work with this, but Sergio, the great guy behind Bloxp, will be happy to be notified of such instances and to try to correct them.


Blogs that works perfectly with Bloxp are those that contain a "next" and "previous" post structure, but other sites and blogs, may work fine as well.


Contact him here: contact@bloxp.com


(Thanks to Fulvio Colasanto for discovering this interesting tool)

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Josette Williams's comment, April 12, 2013 11:44 AM
Thanks Robin. Your input is invaluable.
Robin Good's comment, April 12, 2013 12:17 PM
Thank you Josette, glad to be of help.
Marianela Camacho Alfaro's curator insight, April 29, 2013 1:36 PM

"Bloxp is a free web app which can autmatically convert any blog feed, from start to end, into a downloadable eBook."

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How To Crowdfund Your Book - A True Story: How I Raised Over $30k in 30-Days To Pre-Fund My New Book eBook

How To Crowdfund Your Book - A True Story: How I Raised Over $30k in 30-Days To Pre-Fund My New Book eBook | eBook Publishing World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Here is an interesting little book (Kindle) that may be quite useful to those that are looking for innovative ways to finance their own book, without falling in the hands of a traditional publisher.


No Publisher Needed: by Jim Kukral.


Amazon.com price $6.13

Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/No-Publisher-Needed-Crowdfunding-ebook/dp/B0062A1128  

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eBook Conversion Services: The Official List from Amazon.com

eBook Conversion Services: The Official List from Amazon.com | eBook Publishing World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Amazon has pubished a comprehensive list of recommended eBook conversion services available in the market. 

The list includes 17 companies offering manual and automatic conversion of documents into professional and read-to-be-published eBook formats.


Recommended. 9/10


Full list: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3RRQXI478DDG7 

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New Ebook Publishing Tools Coming in 2012 | Forbes

New Ebook Publishing Tools Coming in 2012 | Forbes | eBook Publishing World | Scoop.it

From the article: "The release by Apple of iBooks Author last month begins a year that will see the release of several new tools focused on helping people to create, publish and track their ebooks.... 


That’s fine insofar as it goes, but if you’re an author or publisher wanting to reach as many people as possible, with limited time and resources to repurpose the same content for different marketplaces, iBooks Author isn’t a great help."


What's interesting instead is the fact that in 2012 we will see more and more tools that will allow you to convert, format and publish your content to ebooks on multiple and competing platforms.


There are several services providing this and more springing up. 


Not only.


You will have tools to track stats of how many ebooks are downloaded and purchased as well as better tools to write, edit, revise and format your ebook.


Informative. 7/10


Find out more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2012/02/08/2012-the-year-of-new-ebook-tools/ 

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Edit, Design and Publish Your eBook Across All Major Online Stores with Booktango

Robin Good: Booktango is a new eBook publishing service which allows you to edit, format, layout and distribute/sell your publication across major online eBook stores such as Amazon, Apple, Sony, Kobo and more.


Booktango has a free version as well as richer offerings too. The free plan includes:
- Free ISBN Assignment
- Online E-Book Editor
- Free Cover Design Service (Beta only)
- Sell Through Major Retailers

(You receive 100% of net royalties when you make sales through the Booktango bookstore and 90% when you make a sale through any of our distribution and retail partners.)


Paid plans add:

Formatting & Corrections Services
Interior Images
Choice Cover Design
Free Copy of E-book

U.S. Copyright Registration


More info on pricing here: http://www.booktango.com/Services/ 


Bookstore and samples: http://bookstore.booktango.com/ 


FAQ (truly exhaustive): http://www.booktango.com/Help/ 


Find out more: http://www.booktango.com/ 

(Unearthed by Francesco Guglielmino) 

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Crowdwrite Your Next eBook with Volpen

Crowdwrite Your Next eBook with Volpen | eBook Publishing World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Volpen is a new jakarta-based Indonesian startup offering an online service which helps authors and writers create collaborative ebooks.


...There are four steps to publishing a Volpen book:


1) writing,


2) voting,


3) royalty sharing, and then


4) publishing.


"Upon completion of the book, revenue and royalties are calculated and displayed to each contributing writer. Percentages are shared based on the number of words contributed to the story.


It is then be automatically formatted and then submitted to e-book publishing platforms such as Amazon and Kobo."


Full review: http://www.techinasia.com/volpen/ 


Check out the Volpen platform here: http://www.volpen.com/ 

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eBook Workflow: from Composition to Final eBook Format | Savvy Self-Publishing

eBook Workflow: from Composition to Final eBook Format | Savvy Self-Publishing | eBook Publishing World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Great tips and advice from Curtis Hox,  English professor by day and a science fiction writer by night, on how to prepare your first .mobi file as he has learned them while producing and formatting his own sci-fi fantasy novel, Bleedover.


Many good suggestions on tools and services to use, as well as on the precise workflow step to get everything to work flawlessly.

Useful. 8/10


Full article: http://www.savvyselfpublishing.com/epublishing/how-to-generate-your-first-professionally-formatted-mobi-file 

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Download and Read Any ePub Formatted eBook with Bookle (Mac)

Download and Read Any ePub Formatted eBook with Bookle (Mac) | eBook Publishing World | Scoop.it

From the article: "The app, which made its official debut Monday, offers a simple and straightforward ebook reading experience for all of your ePub files unencumbered by Digital Rights Management (DRM).


This includes most free ePub files available around the web, including those from Project Gutenberg, Tidbits’s Take Control Books, and Macworld’s own line of Superguides.


You may be able to open books downloaded from the iBookstore as well, depending on whether or not the publisher has decided to add DRM during the publishing process.


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You can add multiple books to your Bookle library and browse each book's TOC through clicks or keyboard commands; actual books are laid out in scrollable form, like a website, with breaks for chapters and pages."


Full review: http://www.macworld.com/article/165235/2012/02/bookle_brings_epub_reading_to_the_mac.html 

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Create an eBook from your WordPress Content: PressBooks

Create an eBook from your WordPress Content: PressBooks | eBook Publishing World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: PressBooks is a new book publishing platform, built on WordPress, that makes it easy to collaborate with an editorial team, and to generate clean, well-formatted books in multiple outputs: .epub, Kindle, print-ready PDF, InDesign-ready XML, and of course HTML.


"PressBooks is a digital-first book publishing tool built on WordPress that integrates a set of rules for encoding, transporting and storing documents in machine-readable formats, with emphasis on simplicity, usability and accessibility, particularly over the Internet.


PressBooks also makes a web version of all books — which can be private (for production only), or public (free or behind a paywall).


PressBooks, a Montreal-based start-up, is the brainchild of Hugh McGuire, a writer and web-developer and a co-founder of Book Oven, a cloud-based publishing tool that allows people to collaborate in writing, editing and proofreading a book, all through online tools.


He’s also the founder of LibriVox.org, an all-volunteer project whose aim is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.


It was once hailed as “perhaps the most interesting collaborative cultural project this side of Wikipedia.


* Authors and Very Small Publishers can use PressBooks for free – we make great ebooks and typeset print books.


* Big and Small Publishers can use PressBooks as a lightweight, but extremely powerful (XML) workflow tool to output ebooks and typeset print books, for free.


The first book published using the PressBooks platform is Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, published by O’Reilly Media.


"Along with O’Reilly Media, another big-name player seems sold on the project. Harvard Business Review Press has produced and published an ebook using PressBooks."


Read more about it: http://caribbeanbookblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/pressbooks-a-new-publishing-tool-built-on-wordpress/ 


See a demo slideshow: http://www.slideshare.net/mackinaw/pressbooks-demo-deck 


Find out more here: http://pressbooks.com/ 

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francesco guglielmin's comment, December 12, 2011 4:23 PM
an other same service like pressbooks is pandamian !
Robin Good's comment, December 13, 2011 2:02 AM
Thank you Francesco!