How to Create an ePub E-book

As I previously shared, I’ve been experimenting with creating a ebooks in the ePub format and am very impressed with how simple it really is! Here’s a screencast I recorded with more details on how I created my sample ePub.

Links to sample Pages and ePub documents I mentioned are at jasonrhode.com/myfirstepub

If you are a Windows users, there are other utilities for automatically converting existing PDF or HTML files to ePub. I must admit I’ve not tried any of these yet so I can’t confirm whether or not they do in fact work.

If you’ve tried creating an ePub, whether you used Pages or some other tool, leave a comment let me know your experience!

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Comments

  1. Hi Jason,

    Thanks for this blog article and video. I am going to try this out as I am a music teacher working on developing my own materials for my students. Other than eBooks through iTunes, do you know of other good quality ePub readers for non-mac devices such as Android phones or Android based tablets? Mac of course makes everything so easy for its own devices but since ePub is an international standard Im sure there are other readers. Any thoughts? Have you looked into how to sell any ePub books you have created? Any thoughts you have would are appreciated.

    Thanks
    Kevin Towner
    Cincinnati OH

  2. Hey, Jason!

    This information was referenced in your external link containing a list of applications to convert existing PDF files to ePub, but I wanted to reiterate that Calibre is definitely a powerful open-source e-book library management application, as well as an e-book conversion utility supporting a wide variety of formats. While converting PDF’s can be problematic at times, converting from HTML, RTF, and TXT to ePub is also popular and less painful.

    For folks who use WordPress, the free Anthologize plug-in offers a convenient way to publish blog posts into a variety of formats, including ePub. The export quality and formatting is excellent, and you can find more information about Anthologize here: http://anthologize.org/

    Great stuff!

    -Jeff

  3. I have a question for you about using Pages to create an ePub file that you didn’t cover in your awesome vimeo video. I’m trying to figure out how to generate a full-color cover page for an eBook without a white background or white borders to sit on the bookshelf. Can you help me.. please? Much mahalo, Timber H.

  4. Jen Torpey says:

    I have been searching the web for how to tutorials for creating an eBook in Pages and I found your to be the best one out there! Thank you for the clear and concise information in your screencast and sharing the book you created. Thanks to your help, I am looking forward to creating my first eBook.

  5. Jen Torpey says:

    I have been searching the web for how to tutorials for creating an eBook in Pages and I found your to be the best one out there! Thank you for the clear and concise information in your screencast and sharing the book you created. Thanks to your help, I am looking forward to creating my first eBook.

  6. Mike Parker says:

    Jason, I love your video on Vimeo! It’s very helpful. But I have a question. When I try to export my document, I don’t have the epub option (share>export). What am I doing wrong? I just purchased iWork for the sole reason to publish an ebook.

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