When ever we search for “Webpage to PDF converter“, we are bombarded with many paid software’s and online sites. Many of them work great, but my purpose of converting a Webpage into PDF is just for reading. That means, I want my PDF file to be in best readable form, and I want all hyperlinks to be intact for further reading.
Here I’m sharing one trick for converting Webpage to PDF format, which I’m using for some time and it will help you to quickly convert your blog post into PDF files. You can upload these PDF files on free file sharing sites, PDF sites and torrent sites to drive additional free traffic. This is one recent experiment which I’m doing and so far getting good result. I will share the process and case study later, but for now lets learn about this trick.
Convert a Webpage to PDF in Readable form:
Here I will be using Chrome browser on Mac and an online tool call readability. Readability, is a useful tool to convert any page into readable form. It removes all clutters from a web page and shows only content.
Here is a step by step tutorial:
- Copy the link of the Webpage which you wish to convert into PDF file.
- Go to Readability shorten page and add your link there and click on shorten and read.You can also use Readability chrome extension for quick access.
Click on read now and it will open webpage in readability format. Now, click on File > Print in Chrome and you can set properties for your PDF file. Usually, I prefer to change the layout into Portrait view.
Just click on Save and it will save your Webpage in .PDF format. You can check the above converted file. Simply, right click on this link and save the file on your desktop.
Using Safari as free WebPage to PDF converter:
Safari browser offers reader option by default and you don’t need to use readability URL shortrener, if you are using Safari. Lets, quickly learn how you can use safari to convert a HTML Webpage into PDF file:
- Open any page in Safari, and once page is loaded. Click on Blue reader icon in the URL field. This will bring up a readability format of a page (ad free and only content focused).
- Click on Print icon by hovering your mouse on the page you reading with Safari reader. This will bring up the print option for safari, where you can make,many changes like, alignment, page-size. I prefer keeping page size here as A-5 or B5, as it improves the readability in a .PDF file.
I have tried both the above tricks on my computer and it hardly takes more than 5 seconds to convert a HTML page into PDF format. I’m sure this will save a lot of time for you to search for 3rd party software’s to convert your Webpages into PDF format. You can also use PDFescape to edit your PDF file online, and make some changes. While converting few HTML files into PDF format, I realize this could be a great way to start creating an eBook from your existing content or you can distribute in many other formats online.
Here is a video demo for converting a blog post into PDF format using Chrome:
Do let me know if you find this tip useful or not. Also, if you have additional tips for spicing up converted PDF files, share with me via comments. Don’t forget to share this article on Facebook and Google plus.