Download in PDF

Several readers have asked if they can download the contents of our blog and read them while disconnected. I used to do this the low-tech way (I scrolled back through Google Reader for several months, copied all the posts for a given month, pasted them into Word, and converted to PDF), but I finally found a reasonably elegant solution. I’d like to thank Joss Winn and Martin Hawksey for their help, and Feedbooks for their publishing and hosting service.

For now September 2008 and November 2008 through May 2009 are done the old way: click the link below to download a PDF. (Indented block quotes got un-indented in the transition to Word, so sometimes there will be paragraphs that look like they were written by us but were actually written by someone else.) For October 2008 and June 2009 through April 2010, the link below takes you to a PDF generated using Feedbooks.

Update: Apparently Feedbooks no longer publishes books from RSS feeds (what else does the word “feed” in their name refer to?), so I need a new solution.

Update 2: Now I’m using Vienna, an OS X RSS reader, to download monthly feeds and “print” them to PDF.

2008: SepOct – NovDec

2009: JanFebMarAprMay2009-06 – 2009-07 – 2009-08 – 2009-09 – 2009-10 – 2009-11 – 2009-12

2010: 2010-01 – 2010-02 – 2010-03 – 2010-04 – 2010-05 – 2010-06 – 2010-07 – 2010-08 – 2010-09 – 2010-10 – 2010-11 – 2010-12

2011: 2011-01 – 2011-02 – 2011-03 – 2011-04

37 thoughts on “Download in PDF

  1. James – for simple PDF creating, here’s what I do. It’s similar to what you do, but avoids Word mangling your formatting.

    PDF Fill is a free PDF creator (for Windows) that installs as a printer driver. It shows up as a regular printer.

    Then you ‘print’ a post from within your browser, formatted with indents and all, select the ‘PDF Printer’. You browser prints to this driver, which formats it as PDF, and you save it as a PDF file.

  2. Also, are the emails sent out archived? If they are you could print those using Steve’s suggestion.

  3. Yes, but then don’t I have one PDF for each post? I guess that’s not terrible. Maybe I could put them together in one file using Acrobat. (Don’t know, I don’t own Acrobat.)

  4. a suggestion …

    The archive would be more readable if the articles were sorted oldest to newest rather than the opposite.

    It’s a little strange to have to skip up and down to try to read the blogs chronologically.


  5. Spend $50 for Clickbooks which will convert your text into imposed PDF 8-page signatures. These can then be folded by hand and side-stabled into nifty paperback books. 25 sheets of paper = 200 page book.
    I use it all the time.

    email me for details, Luke Lea

  6. May I suggest the Readability add-on for Firefox or Internet Explorer 8+ : it strips the web page into an easy to read column, newspaperlike – this can then be “printed” as a standard pdf (eg. PDF Creator, the free Open Source pdf printer )

    Actually Readability does much more, see its page – and it also compensates directly publishers of good material – like yours.

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  8. For all you linux users, just right-click the title of one of Kwak’s or Johnson’s columns and choose “Print…”, then “Print to file”. A well-formed PDF is instantly made.

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