How can I create a Kindle book from multiple webpages?
April 21, 2021 7:26 AM   Subscribe

I have the Chrome extension 'Send to Kindle' that allows me to send a webpage to my Kindle. I would rather put several webpages/articles/files into one book. How can I do this?

Not much more to add. I discovered GrabMyBooks by googling, but I don't know anything about it, and I hate to download programs without some sort of trust chain. Has anyone used it? or have any other suggestions? TIA
posted by AMyNameIs to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The first thing I thought of would be Calibre's built-in conversion facility.

However, here's another approach that may be easier for you:

By combining the HTML files and images into one zip file, you could make a single e-book -- but leaving them separate might help avoid clashing CSS.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:04 AM on April 21, 2021 [2 favorites]

You can use the free ebook management software Calibre to make custom ebooks, but it won’t be a one-click solution.

Once you have your new custom book in Calibre, Calibre does support the email-to-kindle function so that part is basically one click.

Last time I checked Calibre had a bunch of plugins to automatically make ebooks of popular sites; mainly blogs, newspapers and magazines. So if that’s what you’re looking for it may already be implemented. If you’re looking for random unrelated pages you’ll likely have to do that yourself.
posted by tiamat at 8:04 AM on April 21, 2021 [2 favorites]

Best answer: You can do this with Instapaper. Once you've saved pages/articles to the service, you can group them into a folder and then export the folder in a few different formats including Kindle and ePub. The export will have a ToC listing each article as a chapter in the book.
posted by bcwinters at 8:29 AM on April 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

If you can print to PDF and then use PDF authoring/editing software to combine PDFs that may work. I have emailed myself PDFs using my send to kindle email.

Two free options for PDF programs that can combine: Preview on Mac and PDFill on windows.

The full page of the pdf will appear scaled down to fit the kindle screen so you may want to play with the zoom settings on each web page before you print. You cannot scale the text like you can on an e-book.
posted by sol at 10:18 AM on April 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

PDF is rarely, if ever, a good option on a Kindle. I don’t have an answer for you, but I know that much for sure.
posted by lhauser at 5:38 PM on April 21, 2021 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Instapaper had the fewest steps, so I gave it a try, and it does the job. Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions.
posted by AMyNameIs at 7:31 PM on April 21, 2021

For the benefit of anyone else reading this thread, the Chrome and Firefox extension EpubPress will also do this. You can select a number of tabs you have open and compile them into an ebook.
posted by fire, water, earth, air at 4:57 AM on May 11, 2021

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