Democratize the other publishing: WordPress tools for creating offline documents

General lecture


Can WordPress be used to write essays, research papers, or even printed textbooks? It's not only possible, but it also has many advantages. WordPress has many plugins and tools for creating PDFs, ebooks, and print. Hugh and Michael are creators of two different approaches to this challenge, both built on the WordPress platform: the Print My Blog plugin, and Pressbooks, especially used in academia to power Open Educational Resource (OER) publishing. In this presentation, they'll cover the benefits and challenges of using WordPress to create documents traditionally done using InDesign, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and the like. They'll talk about a philosophy of reader choice, and marrying the benefits of print with the power of the web. They'll also cover some of the many tools in the WordPress ecosystem, such as Pressbooks, Anthologize, Eight Day Week, MPL Publisher and Print My Blog.

They’re excited at WordPress’ potential to democratize publishing again—this time in the offline publishing space.

Session topics



  • Michael Nelson

    Creator/Developer, Print My Blog

    Michael is a WordPress plugin and Python Django developer currently working on:1. Print My Blog plugin for offline publishing with WordPress (making PDFs, eBooks, and print)2. Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute website and proprietary LMS (written in Python/Django)3. YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) and ShareaholicHe lives on Vancouver Island...

  • Hugh McGuire

    Pronouns: he/him
    Founder & CEO, Pressbooks

    Hugh has been building web tools and communities that bring books onto the web for over a decade. He is the founder of Pressbooks, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Rebus Foundation, and the founder of He is the co-editor (with Brian O'Leary) of “Book: A Futurist's Manifesto.”...