Distributing blogs via PDF, e-mail

Distributing blogs via PDF, e-mail: Last week, I first heard about this site, rss2pdf.com, that converts RSS or OPML feeds into a PDF file.

At that time, I could only think of reasons I’d never need it, but I bookmarked it for when I had a few minutes to try it out, which I just did.

I still can’t think how I’d use it, but I know people who have someone print their e-mail out for them who might find it useful (or, at least their administrative assistants might). Does anyone know of a service similar to this that could convert a set number of blog posts into an html/e-mail format? I can see how that might be helpful to those who want to subscribe to a blog via a daily or weekly or other regular recurring form of e-mail rather than an RSS feed. (Yes, I’ve heard those people exist.) I think that many blogging platforms offer the optioin of receiving individual posts via e-mail – Userland’s Manila — the platform I use via via Userland’s hosting service, allows that. What I’m envisioning, however, is more like rss2pdf.com, except the RSS feed flows into a pre-designed e-mail template. Maybe the folks who have registered the domain, rss2email.com are working on something like that.

6 thoughts on “Distributing blogs via PDF, e-mail

  1. It should be easy to use MagpieRSS (used on http://news.smallbusiness.com) combined with some existing PHP libraries (http://pear.php.net) to generate the email digests of RSS feeds. The trickier part would be creating the customization. If the levels of customization start simple, it shouldn’t be too hard to implement.

  2. Along with this idea, I want NetNewsWire to run a script either in the morning or before I leave work that takes all the unread blog posts in a specified folder – for instance my personalities folder: Rex, that’s where you live đŸ™‚ and, using OS X’s Summarize Service, summarize each post and make an aggregated pdf, displaying the summaries and feeds like Winer’s River of News.

  3. I send a lot of e-mail to CEO types whose assistants filter (and sometimes print out) their e-mail. In my experience, they would not want a PDF file. They would want an e-mail. Too many of them try to forward the PDF and then it doesn’t work or open for some reason – they prefer text. (They just prefer their assistant to get it so he or she can decide if it’s important enough for them to read.) My point: I think the RSS to e-mail is enough for that subset.

  4. I send a lot of e-mail to CEO types whose assistants filter (and sometimes print out) their e-mail. In my experience, they would not want a PDF file. They would want an e-mail. Too many of them try to forward the PDF and then it doesn’t work or open for some reason – they prefer text. (They just prefer their assistant to get it so he or she can decide if it’s important enough for them to read.) My point: I think the RSS to e-mail is enough for that subset.

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